Judges 6:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 6:5, NIV: They came up with their livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts. It was impossible to count them or their camels; they invaded the land to ravage it.

Judges 6:5, ESV: For they would come up with their livestock and their tents; they would come like locusts in number—both they and their camels could not be counted—so that they laid waste the land as they came in.

Judges 6:5, KJV: For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.

Judges 6:5, NASB: For they would come up with their livestock and their tents, they would come in like locusts in number, and both they and their camels were innumerable; and they came into the land to ruin it.

Judges 6:5, NLT: These enemy hordes, coming with their livestock and tents, were as thick as locusts; they arrived on droves of camels too numerous to count. And they stayed until the land was stripped bare.

Judges 6:5, CSB: For the Midianites came with their cattle and their tents like a great swarm of locusts. They and their camels were without number, and they entered the land to lay waste to it.

What does Judges 6:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Over the course of seven years, Israel developed a tragic, traumatic harvest tradition (Judges 6:1–4). About the time the crops would be ready, invading Midianites would come from the east. They would forcibly take whatever food, livestock, and other goods were to be found. This was the material Israel was depending on to survive through another season. This verse compares the invaders to locusts descending on the crops and devouring them. In the same way as swarming insects, enemy forces would descend on fields and leave them bare.

The size of the forces that arrived made the Midianites and their allies irresistible. The number of camels they brought to ride and carry their gear could not even be counted. They would cover the open land with their endless tents full of fighters and harvesters and simply take what they wanted, leaving nothing behind for the hungry people of Israel. The land was laid waste wherever their path took them.