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Dommerbogen 6:1-40

Israelitternes fortsatte ulydighed

1Så begyndte Israelitterne igen at gøre, hvad der var ondt i Herrens øjne. Derfor udleverede Herren dem til midjanitterne, der tyranniserede dem i syv år. 2Midjanitterne var så grusomme, at israelitterne flygtede op i bjergene og indrettede sig skjulesteder i huler og klippeborge. 3Hver gang israelitterne havde tilsået deres marker, kom der omstrejfende bander fra Midjan og Amalek og andre nabofolk fra øst og angreb dem. 4De slog lejr på deres marker, ødelagde afgrøderne og plyndrede landet så langt som til Gaza. Israelitterne havde intet at spise, for fjenderne stjal også alle deres får, geder, okser og æsler. 5-6Røverbanderne trængte ind i landet og slog sig ofte ned i længere tid med deres hjorde og kamelflokke, talløse som græshoppesværme, indtil landet var så hærget og forarmet, 7at folket igen råbte til Herren om hjælp.

8Da sendte Herren en profet til dem: „Hør hvad Herren, Israels Gud, siger til jer,” sagde han. „Jeg førte jer ud af fangenskabet i Egypten 9og befriede jer fra egypterne og alle jeres modstandere. Jeg drev jeres fjender ud af Kana’ans land og gav det til jer. 10Jeg sagde til jer: ‚Jeg er Herren, jeres Gud. I må ikke dyrke amoritternes guder i landet, hvor I bor.’ Men I har ikke adlydt mig!”

Gideons kald og hans opgør med afguderne

11Så kom Herrens engel og satte sig under egetræet i Ofra, der tilhørte Joash fra Abiezers slægt. Joash’ søn Gideon var netop i færd med at tærske hvede i bunden af en vinperse for at skjule det for midjanitterne.

12Herrens engel viste sig for Gideon og sagde: „Herren er med dig, stærke kriger!” 13„Hvis Herren er med os, hvorfor går det os da så dårligt?” svarede Gideon. „Hvor er alle miraklerne, som vores forfædre fortalte os om? Sagde de ikke, at Herren gjorde en masse undere, da han førte dem ud af Egypten? Han må have forkastet os og overgivet os til midjanitterne!”

14Da vendte Herren sig til Gideon og sagde: „Tag af sted med den styrke du har, og red Israel fra midjanitterne. Jeg sender dig!” 15„Men Herre, hvordan skulle jeg kunne redde Israel?” svarede Gideon. „Vores slægt er den svageste i Manasses stamme—og jeg er den yngste i min familie!” 16„Men jeg er Herren—og jeg er med dig! Du skal hugge midjanitterne ned alle som en!”

17Gideon svarede: „Er det virkelig Herren? Utroligt, at han skulle komme til mig. Jeg vil gerne have et bevis på, at det virkelig er Herren, som taler til mig. 18Vent her, indtil jeg kommer tilbage med en offergave til dig.” „Jeg bliver her, til du kommer tilbage,” lovede englen.

19Gideon skyndte sig nu hjem, slagtede og tilberedte et gedekid, hvorefter han tog en stor pose6,19 På hebraisk: en efa, cirka 22 liter. mel og bagte brød uden surdej. Så lagde han kødet i en kurv, hældte suppen i en krukke og bar det ud til englen, som sad under egetræet.

20Da sagde Guds engel: „Læg kødet og brødene på stenen derhenne og hæld suppen ud over det!”

Gideon gjorde, som englen sagde, 21og englen rørte kødet og brødene med sin stav. Ild flammede op fra stenen og fortærede det hele. Så var englen borte.

22Så vidste Gideon, at det virkelig var Herrens engel, og han udbrød: „Ak, min Herre og Gud, det er ude med mig, for jeg har set Herrens engel ansigt til ansigt.”

23Men Herren sagde: „Fred være med dig! Vær ikke bange. Du skal ikke dø.”

24På det sted byggede Gideon et alter for Herren og kaldte det „Herrens fred”. Det står stadig i Ofra, på den jord, der tilhører Abiezers slægt.

25Samme nat sagde Herren til Gideon: „Tag en af din fars tyre, den næstbedste, som er syv år gammel. Vælt så din fars Ba’als alter ned og hug afgudspælen ved siden af i stykker. 26Når det er gjort, skal du på toppen af denne klippe bygge et alter for Herren, din Gud, på den foreskrevne måde. Brug træet fra pælen som brænde på alteret, og bring så tyren som et brændoffer til Herren.”

27Gideon vækkede straks ti af sine tjenere og gjorde, som Herren havde befalet. Han gjorde det om natten, hvor ingen kunne se det, for han var bange for sin families og sine naboers reaktion. 28Da folk stod op om morgenen, opdagede de, at ba’alsalteret var revet ned og afgudspælen var væk. I stedet stod der et nyt alter med resterne af brændofferet ovenpå.

29„Hvem har gjort det?” sagde folk til hinanden. Så spurgte de sig frem og fandt ud af, at det var Gideon.

30„Udlever din søn til os!” råbte de til Joash. „Han skal dø, for han har revet ba’alsalteret ned og slået Asherapælen i stykker!”

31Men Joash råbte tilbage: „Hvorfor forsvarer I Ba’al? Kan I måske redde ham? Den, som vil tale Ba’als sag, skal dø inden i morgen! Hvis Ba’al virkelig er en gud, så lad ham forsvare sig selv og straffe den, der har revet hans alter ned.”

32Fra den dag gav man Gideon tilnavnet Jerubba’al,6,32 Navnet betyder: „Lad Ba’al forsvare sig selv”. fordi han havde revet Ba’als alter ned.

Gideon samler hæren og beder om et tegn

33Kort tid efter samlede midjanitterne, amalekitterne og flere andre ørkenfolk sig, gik over Jordanfloden og slog lejr på Jizre’elsletten. 34Da kom Herrens Ånd over Gideon og han blæste i vædderhornet for at kalde Abiezer-slægtens mænd til våben. 35Derefter sendte han bud til hele Manasses stamme, og de sluttede op om ham. Også Ashers, Zebulons og Naftalis stammer fik besked, og de sluttede sig til dem.

36Da sagde Gideon til Gud: „Hvis det virkelig er dit alvor, at du vil bruge mig til at redde Israel, sådan som du har lovet, 37vil jeg bede dig om at give mig et tegn: I nat spreder jeg noget uld ud på tærskepladsens gulv. Hvis der så i morgen tidlig ligger dug på ulden, mens jorden udenom er tør, skal det være et tegn på, at du vil bruge mig til at redde Israel.”

38Og sådan gik det: Da Gideon næste morgen stod op, var ulden så våd, at han kunne vride en hel skål vand ud af den! 39Da sagde han til Herren: „Bliv ikke vred, Herre, men giv mig endnu et tegn: Denne gang skal ulden være tør og jorden udenom våd!”

40Endnu en gang gjorde Gud, hvad han bad om: Næste morgen var ulden knastør, mens jorden udenom var våd af dug.

King James Version

Judges 6:1-40

1And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years. 2And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.6.2 prevailed: Heb. was strong 3And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; 4And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.6.4 sheep: or goat 5For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it. 6And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD.

7¶ And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites, 8That the LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;6.8 a prophet: Heb. a man a prophet 9And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land; 10And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.

11¶ And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abi-ezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.6.11 Gideon: Gr. Gedeon6.11 to hide…: Heb. to cause it to flee 12And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. 13And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. 14And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? 15And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.6.15 my family…: Heb. my thousand is the meanest 16And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man. 17And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me. 18Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before thee. And he said, I will tarry until thou come again.6.18 present: or, meat offering

19¶ And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it.6.19 a kid: Heb. a kid of the goats 20And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so.

21¶ Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight. 22And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because I have seen an angel of the LORD face to face. 23And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die. 24Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovah-shalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites.6.24 Jehovah-shalom: that is, The LORD send peace

25¶ And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Take thy father’s young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it:6.25 even: or, and 26And build an altar unto the LORD thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down.6.26 rock: Heb. strong place6.26 in the ordered…: or, in an orderly manner 27Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the LORD had said unto him: and so it was, because he feared his father’s household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night.

28¶ And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built. 29And they said one to another, Who hath done this thing? And when they enquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash hath done this thing. 30Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it. 31And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar. 32Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down his altar.6.32 Jerubbaal: that is, Let Baal plead6.32 Jerubbesheth: that is, Let the shameful thing plead

33¶ Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel. 34But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abi-ezer was gathered after him.6.34 came…: Heb. clothed6.34 gathered: Heb. called 35And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.6.35 gathered: Heb. called

36¶ And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, 37Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. 38And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water. 39And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. 40And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.