Judges 8:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 8:4, NIV: Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan and crossed it.

Judges 8:4, ESV: And Gideon came to the Jordan and crossed over, he and the 300 men who were with him, exhausted yet pursuing.

Judges 8:4, KJV: And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them.

Judges 8:4, NASB: Then Gideon and the three hundred men who were with him came to the Jordan and crossed over, exhausted yet still pursuing.

Judges 8:4, NLT: Gideon then crossed the Jordan River with his 300 men, and though exhausted, they continued to chase the enemy.

Judges 8:4, CSB: Gideon and the three hundred men came to the Jordan and crossed it. They were exhausted but still in pursuit.

What does Judges 8:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After the initial rout of the Midianites (Judges 7:22–25), Gideon called more men to help chase down the fleeing enemy before they could escape into the wilderness. The narrative suggests the men of Ephraim were able to stop at least some of the Midianites who made it to the Jordan River. Now, though, we learn others escaped. Gideon is committed to hunting them down and destroying them, even on the eastern side of the Jordan.

Gideon's forces have once again been reduced to the original 300 men selected to begin the battle with him (Judges 7:8). Together, they will continue to pursue the escaping Midianites. At this point, though, they are exhausted and running on empty stomachs. Gideon will ask some of his countrymen for help, but their response will be harsh.