Judges 8:35 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 8:35, NIV: They also failed to show any loyalty to the family of Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) in spite of all the good things he had done for them.

Judges 8:35, ESV: and they did not show steadfast love to the family of Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) in return for all the good that he had done to Israel.

Judges 8:35, KJV: Neither shewed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal, namely, Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had shewed unto Israel.

Judges 8:35, NASB: nor did they show kindness to the household of Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) in accordance with all the good that he had done for Israel.

Judges 8:35, NLT: Nor did they show any loyalty to the family of Jerub-baal (that is, Gideon), despite all the good he had done for Israel.

Judges 8:35, CSB: They did not show kindness to the house of Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) for all the good he had done for Israel.

What does Judges 8:35 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Gideon's story ends with a description of the three sins the people of Israel took up after his death (Judges 8:29–32). First, they immediately returned to the worship of the false gods known as the Baals. Second, they set aside honor for the Lord (Judges 8:33–34). They stopped worshiping the only true God (Exodus 3:15) who had saved them repeatedly.

Finally, the people of Israel turned their backs on Gideon's family. They didn't show them the same love they had shown to Gideon. They didn't honor all the good he had done for Israel, in the power of the Lord, by continuing to do good to his family.

That sudden, callous change might have inspired the tragic events which follow. One of Gideon's sons, Abimelech, will bring the rest of his family to ruin, as described in the following chapter. Nobody in Israel will rise to save or avenge them. God will do so Himself.