And Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle before the sun was up
And caught a young man of the men of Succoth, and inquired of him: and he described unto him the princes of Succoth, and the elders thereof, even
threescore and seventeen men.
And he came unto the men of Succoth, and said, Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom ye did upbraid me, saying, Are
the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give bread unto thy men that are
And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.
And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city.
Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were they
whom ye slew at Tabor? And they answered, As thou art
, so were
they; each one resembled the children of a king.
And he said, They were
my brethren, even
the sons of my mother: as
the LORD liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you.
And he said unto Jether his firstborn, Up, and
slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared, because he was
yet a youth.