Judges 8:23
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New International Version
But Gideon told them, "I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The LORD will rule over you."

New Living Translation
But Gideon replied, "I will not rule over you, nor will my son. The LORD will rule over you!

English Standard Version
Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you; the LORD will rule over you.”

New American Standard Bible
But Gideon said to them, "I will not rule over you, nor shall my son rule over you; the LORD shall rule over you."

King James Bible
And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Gideon said to them, "I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you; the LORD will rule over you."

International Standard Version
But Gideon told them, "I won't rule over you and my son won't rule over you. The LORD will rule you."

NET Bible
Gideon said to them, "I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The LORD will rule over you."

New Heart English Bible
Gideon said to them, "I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Gideon replied, "I will not rule you nor will my son. The LORD will rule you."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Gideon said unto them: 'I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you; the LORD shall rule over you.'

New American Standard 1977
But Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you, nor shall my son rule over you; the LORD shall rule over you.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Gideon replied, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you; the LORD shall rule over you.

King James 2000 Bible
And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.

American King James Version
And Gideon said to them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.

American Standard Version
And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: Jehovah shall rule over you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to them: I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you, but the Lord shall rule over you.

Darby Bible Translation
And Gideon said to them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: Jehovah will rule over you.

English Revised Version
And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Gideon said to them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.

World English Bible
Gideon said to them, "I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you. Yahweh shall rule over you."

Young's Literal Translation
And Gideon saith unto them, 'I do not rule over you, nor doth my son rule over you; Jehovah doth rule over you.'
Study Bible
Gideon's Ephod
22Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, "Rule over us, both you and your son, also your son's son, for you have delivered us from the hand of Midian." 23But Gideon said to them, "I will not rule over you, nor shall my son rule over you; the LORD shall rule over you." 24Yet Gideon said to them, "I would request of you, that each of you give me an earring from his spoil." (For they had gold earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.)…
Cross References
Judges 8:22
Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, "Rule over us, both you and your son, also your son's son, for you have delivered us from the hand of Midian."

1 Samuel 8:7
The LORD said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.

1 Samuel 10:19
"But you have today rejected your God, who delivers you from all your calamities and your distresses; yet you have said, 'No, but set a king over us!' Now therefore, present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and by your clans."

1 Samuel 12:12
"When you saw that Nahash the king of the sons of Ammon came against you, you said to me, 'No, but a king shall reign over us,' although the LORD your God was your king.

Psalm 10:16
The LORD is King forever and ever; Nations have perished from His land.

Psalm 149:2
Let Israel be glad in his Maker; Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King.
Treasury of Scripture

And Gideon said to them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.

I will

Judges 2:18 And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge…

Judges 10:18 And the people and princes of Gilead said one to another, What man …

Judges 11:9-11 And Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, If you bring me home again …

Luke 22:24-27 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted …

2 Corinthians 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of …

1 Peter 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

the Lord

1 Samuel 8:6,7 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to …

1 Samuel 10:19 And you have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out …

1 Samuel 12:12 And when you saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came …

Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is …

Isaiah 63:19 We are yours: you never bore rule over them; they were not called by your name.

(23) The Lord shall rule over you.--Numbers 23:21; Deuteronomy 33:5; 1Samuel 6:12. Gideon refused the splendid temptation of an hereditary crown, though, in strict accordance with Divine guidance, he was willing to be their judge ( Shaphat, as in Judges 10:2-3; Judges 12:7, &c.). Cassel compares the remark of Washington when he accepted the Presidency, because he would "obey the voice of the people." saying that "no people could be more bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men than the people of the United States" (Marshall's Life of Washington, 2:146). The day anticipated in Deuteronomy 17:14-20 had not yet come. Up to this point "we feel all the goodness of Gideon. There is a sweetness and nobleness mingled with his courage, something of the past greatness of Joshua, something of the future grace of David." He reminds us in some respects of Henry Y. of England, and Henry IV. of France.

And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you,.... Not that he declined the government of them as a judge, to which he was raised of God, but as a king, for which he had no authority and call from God; the choice of a king belonging to him, and not to the people:

neither shall my son rule over you; which Abarbinel thinks he spake as a prophet, and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; for after his death neither Jether his eldest son, nor any of the rest of his legitimate sons, ruled over them; for they were all slain by Abimelech, the son of his concubine, who was made king:

the Lord shall rule over you; as he did; their government was a theocracy, which they would have changed, but Gideon would not agree to it. 8:22-28 Gideon refused the government the people offered him. No good man can be pleased with any honour done to himself, which belongs only to God. Gideon thought to keep up the remembrance of this victory by an ephod, made of the choicest of the spoils. But probably this ephod had, as usual, a teraphim annexed to it, and Gideon intended this for an oracle to be consulted. Many are led into false ways by one false step of a good man. It became a snare to Gideon himself, and it proved the ruin of the family. How soon will ornaments which feed the lust of the eye, and form the pride of life, as well as tend to the indulgences of the flesh, bring shame on those who are fond of them!
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