And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.
Now Zebah and Zalmunna were
in Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men
, all that were left of all the hosts of the children of the east: for there fell an hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword.
And Gideon went up by the way of them that dwelt in tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and smote the host: for the host was secure.
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.
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.
Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise thou, and fall upon us: for as the man is, so is
his strength. And Gideon arose, and slew Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away the ornaments that were
on their camels' necks.
Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son's son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian.
And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.
And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they were