Judges 6:3
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New International Version
Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country.

New Living Translation
Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, marauders from Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east would attack Israel,

English Standard Version
For whenever the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East would come up against them.

New American Standard Bible
For it was when Israel had sown, that the Midianites would come up with the Amalekites and the sons of the east and go against them.

King James Bible
And 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;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whenever the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites, Amalekites, and the Qedemites came and attacked them.

International Standard Version
Whenever the Israelis sowed their crops, the Midianites, the Amalekites, and certain groups from the east would come up and invade them.

NET Bible
Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites, and the people from the east would attack them.

New Heart English Bible
And so it was, when Israel had sown, that Midian, Amalek, and the Kedemites would come up against them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whenever Israel planted crops, Midian, Amalek, and Kedem came and damaged the crops.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east; they came up against them;

New American Standard 1977
For it was when Israel had sown, that the Midianites would come up with the Amalekites and the sons of the east and go against them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For when those of Israel had sown, the Midianites would come up and the Amalekites and the sons of the east. They would come up against them

King James 2000 Bible
And 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;

American King James Version
And 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;

American Standard Version
And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east; they came up against them;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when Israel had sown, Madian and Amalec, and the rest of the eastern nations came up:

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass when Israel sowed, that Midian came up, and Amalek, and the children of the east, and came up against them.

English Revised Version
And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east; they came up against them;

Webster's Bible Translation
And 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;

World English Bible
So it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east; they came up against them;

Young's Literal Translation
And it hath been, if Israel hath sowed, that Midian hath come up, and Amalek, and the sons of the east, yea, they have come up against him,
Study Bible
Midian Oppresses Israel
2The power of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of Midian the sons of Israel made for themselves the dens which were in the mountains and the caves and the strongholds. 3For it was when Israel had sown, that the Midianites would come up with the Amalekites and the sons of the east and go against them. 4So they would camp against them and destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance in Israel as well as no sheep, ox, or donkey.…
Cross References
Genesis 29:1
Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the sons of the east.

Leviticus 26:16
I, in turn, will do this to you: I will appoint over you a sudden terror, consumption and fever that will waste away the eyes and cause the soul to pine away; also, you will sow your seed uselessly, for your enemies will eat it up.

Judges 6:2
The power of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of Midian the sons of Israel made for themselves the dens which were in the mountains and the caves and the strongholds.

Judges 6:4
So they would camp against them and destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance in Israel as well as no sheep, ox, or donkey.

1 Kings 20:27
The sons of Israel were mustered and were provisioned and went to meet them; and the sons of Israel camped before them like two little flocks of goats, but the Arameans filled the country.

Isaiah 62:8
The LORD has sworn by His right hand and by His strong arm, "I will never again give your grain as food for your enemies; Nor will foreigners drink your new wine for which you have labored."

Ezekiel 25:4
therefore, behold, I am going to give you to the sons of the east for a possession, and they will set their encampments among you and make their dwellings among you; they will eat your fruit and drink your milk.
Treasury of Scripture

And 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;

when Israel

Leviticus 26:16 I also will do this to you; I will even appoint over you terror, …

Deuteronomy 28:30-33,51 You shall betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: you …

Job 31:8 Then let me sow, and let another eat; yes, let my offspring be rooted out.

Isaiah 65:21,22 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant …

Micah 6:15 You shall sow, but you shall not reap; you shall tread the olives, …

Amalekites

Judges 3:13 And he gathered to him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went …

children

Judges 6:33 Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the …

Judges 7:12 And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the …

Judges 8:10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their hosts with them, …

Genesis 29:1 Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people …

1 Kings 4:30 And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the …

Job 1:3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, …

(3) When Israel had sown.--The invasions of these Arab tribes were of the most crushing and irritating kind. Living in idleness and marauding expeditions, they let the Israelites sow their corn, and came themselves to reap and carry it away. They said, "Let us take to ourselves the pastures of God"--i.e., the rich, blessed pastures--"in possession" (Psalm 83:12). Alyattes, king of Lydia, treated the people of Miletus in exactly the same way, leaving their houses un-destroyed, solely that they might be tempted to return to them, and plough and sow once more (Herod. i. 17). The same thing goes on to this day. The wretched Fellahn, neglected and oppressed by the effete and corrupt Turkish Government, sow their corn, with the constant dread that they are but sowing it for the Bedouin, who yearly plunder them, unrepressed and unpunished. Hence the squalid towns and villages of the Fellahn abound in huge subterranean places of concealment, in which they stow away their corn, and everything else of value which they possess, to save them from these wild marauders.

The Amalekites.--See Judges 3:13; Genesis 36:12.

The children of the east.--Ben Kedem (Genesis 25:6; Job 1:3) is a general name for Arabs, as Josephus rightly calls them. From Judges 8:26 we can derive a picture of their chiefs in their gorgeous robes and golden ear-rings, mounted on dromedaries and camels, of which the necks were hung with moon-shaped ornaments of gold.

Verse 3. - Children of the east. We first find this term in Genesis 29:1, where it is applied to the people of Haran. Comparing the analogous phrases, "the east country" (Genesis 25:6), the mountains of the east (Numbers 23:7), "the men of the east" (Job 1:3), "the east" (Isaiah 2:3; Matthew 2:1), we gather that the country lying to the east of Palestine as far as the river Euphrates was called the east country, and that the various tribes of Arabs and others who peopled that desert were called "the children of the cast" (see ver. 33 and Judges 7:12; Judges 8:10). And so it was, when Israel had sown,.... Their land, and it was grown up, and near being ripe, or quite; for the Midianites gave them no disturbance in the winter, and during seedtime, when they came out of their lurking holes, and manured their land, and sowed it:

that the Midianites came up; into the land of Canaan, from the other side Jordan, where their country lay, and which it seems lay lower than the land of Israel:

and the Amalekites, and the children of the east: the former were implacable enemies of Israel, and on every occasion would join other nations in oppressing them; and the children of the east were Arabians, as Josephus (b) expressly affirms:

even they came up against them; all these three sorts of people in a confederacy.

(b) Antiqu. l. 5. c. 6. sect. 1.6:1-6 Israel's sin was renewed, and Israel's troubles were repeated. Let all that sin expect to suffer. The Israelites hid themselves in dens and caves; such was the effect of a guilty conscience. Sin dispirits men. The invaders left no food for Israel, except what was taken into the caves. They prepared that for Baal with which God should have been served, now God justly sends an enemy to take it away in the season thereof.
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