Judges 8:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 8:12, NIV: Zebah and Zalmunna, the two kings of Midian, fled, but he pursued them and captured them, routing their entire army.

Judges 8:12, ESV: And Zebah and Zalmunna fled, and he pursued them and captured the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and he threw all the army into a panic.

Judges 8:12, KJV: And when Zebah and Zalmunna fled, he pursued after them, and took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and discomfited all the host.

Judges 8:12, NASB: When Zebah and Zalmunna fled, he pursued them and captured the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and routed the entire army.

Judges 8:12, NLT: Zebah and Zalmunna, the two Midianite kings, fled, but Gideon chased them down and captured all their warriors.

Judges 8:12, CSB: Zebah and Zalmunna fled, and he pursued them. He captured these two kings of Midian and routed the entire army.

What does Judges 8:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Though the text does not say so, it seems clear Lord is still with Gideon and his 300 men. They have pursued the remnant of the Midianite army (Judges 7:22–25) across the Jordan River and out into the wilderness. Despite no help from local Israelites (Judges 8:4–9), they have finally caught the enemy and launched a surprise attack. The Midianites are caught resting, believing they had escaped the Israelites (Judges 8:10–11).

The attack once more drives the Midianites into a panic. This might mean they turned on each other, with the same confusion they showed when they first attacked. The text provides little detail, indicating only that their panic allowed a much larger group to be defeated once more by Gideon's 300 warriors (Judges 7:8).

Zebah and Zalmunna, the two Midianite kings, run for their lives, but Gideon captures them both. The Lord has delivered them into his hands, just as He promised (Judges 8:7). Gideon has now fully completed the task God gave to him to defeat the oppressors who had brought the tribes of Israel so low (Judges 6:1–5).