Judges 8:30
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New International Version
He had seventy sons of his own, for he had many wives.

New Living Translation
He had seventy sons born to him, for he had many wives.

English Standard Version
Now Gideon had seventy sons, his own offspring, for he had many wives.

New American Standard Bible
Now Gideon had seventy sons who were his direct descendants, for he had many wives.

King James Bible
And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Gideon had 70 sons, his own offspring, since he had many wives.

International Standard Version
Gideon raised 70 sons as his direct descendants, since he had many wives.

NET Bible
Gideon fathered seventy sons through his many wives.

New Heart English Bible
Gideon had seventy sons conceived from his body; for he had many wives.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Gideon had 70 sons because he had many wives.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten; for he had many wives.

New American Standard 1977
Now Gideon had seventy sons who were his direct descendants, for he had many wives.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Gideon had seventy sons that came out of his loins, for he had many wives.

King James 2000 Bible
And Gideon had threescore and ten sons, his own offspring: for he had many wives.

American King James Version
And Gideon had three score and ten sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives.

American Standard Version
And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten; for he had many wives.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he had seventy sons, who came out of his thigh, for he had many wives.

Darby Bible Translation
Now Gideon had seventy sons who had come out of his loins, for he had many wives.

English Revised Version
And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Gideon had seventy sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives.

World English Bible
Gideon had seventy sons conceived from his body; for he had many wives.

Young's Literal Translation
and to Gideon there have been seventy sons, coming out of his loin, for he had many wives;
Study Bible
Forty Years of Peace
29Then Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and lived in his own house. 30Now Gideon had seventy sons who were his direct descendants, for he had many wives. 31His concubine who was in Shechem also bore him a son, and he named him Abimelech.…
Cross References
Judges 8:31
His concubine who was in Shechem also bore him a son, and he named him Abimelech.

Judges 9:2
"Speak, now, in the hearing of all the leaders of Shechem, 'Which is better for you, that seventy men, all the sons of Jerubbaal, rule over you, or that one man rule over you?' Also, remember that I am your bone and your flesh."

Judges 9:5
Then he went to his father's house at Ophrah and killed his brothers the sons of Jerubbaal, seventy men, on one stone. But Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left, for he hid himself.

Judges 9:18
but you have risen against my father's house today and have killed his sons, seventy men, on one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his maidservant, king over the men of Shechem, because he is your relative--
Treasury of Scripture

And Gideon had three score and ten sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives.

threescore

Judges 9:2,5 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem, Whether …

Judges 10:4 And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty donkey colts, and they …

Judges 12:9,14 And he had thirty sons, and thirty daughters, whom he sent abroad, …

Genesis 46:26 All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of …

Exodus 1:5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy …

2 Kings 10:1 And Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters, and …

of his body begotten. Heb. going out of his thigh. many wives

Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall …

Genesis 7:7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives …

Deuteronomy 17:17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not …

2 Samuel 3:2-5 And to David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon, …

2 Samuel 5:13-16 And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after …

1 Kings 11:3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: …

Malachi 2:15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And …

Matthew 19:5-8 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and …

Ephesians 5:31-33 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall …

(30) Threescore and ten sons.--According to Oriental fashion, no account is taken of his daughters.

He had many wives.--It is clear that Gideon was a king in all but name. This is the most magnificent, but the least honourable, period of his career. In Deuteronomy 17:17 it had been said of the future king, "Neither shall he multiply wives to himself. . . . neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold." Polygamy was only adopted on a large scale by rulers (Judges 10:4; Judges 12:9).

Verses 30-32. - Gideon had threescore and ten sons, etc. This notice helps us to fill up the picture of Gideon's state after the Midianitish victory, lie had indeed nobly refused the kingdom, as a Pericles would have refused to be tyrant of Athena But he did not return to poverty and obscurity, as L. Q. Cincinnatus, in the Roman legend, returned to his plough after his victory over the Volsciana He was judge over Israel for forty years, with a household and a harem like a great prince, living in his paternal city, with the ephod set up there, himself the centre round which the powers of Church and State gathered; directing the affairs of his country, both civil and ecclesiastical, with eminent success, so that the country was at peace for forty years (a peace as long as that which followed the battle of Water-leo], and the detestable Baal-worship was effectually suppressed. And having lived in wealth and honour, he died in peace, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father at Ophrah in a good old age. He remains to us as one of the most remarkable characters of the Old Testament, not indeed without faults and blemishes, and not wholly unspoiled by prosperity, but still a great man, and an eminent servant of God. And Gideon had seventy sons of his body begotten,.... Not after his victories, for it is plain he had children before; mention is made of Jether, his firstborn, as a youth able to draw a sword, and slay with it, Judges 8:20 but this was the number of all his sons, both before and after, and a large number it was; and the phrase "of his body begotten", or "that went out of his thigh" is used to show that they were his own sons, begotten in wedlock, and not sons that he had taken into his family by adoption, or that he was father-in-law to, having married a woman or women that had sons by a former husband; but these were all his own:

for he had many wives; which, though not agreeable to the original law of marriage, was customary in those times, and even with good men, and was connived at; and this is a reason accounting for his having so many sons. 8:29-35 As soon as Gideon was dead, who kept the people to the worship of the God of Israel, they found themselves under no restraint; then they went after Baalim, and showed no kindness to the family of Gideon. No wonder if those who forget their God, forget their friends. Yet conscious of our own ingratitude to the Lord, and observing that of mankind in general, we should learn to be patient under any unkind returns we meet with for our poor services, and resolve, after the Divine example, not to be overcome of evil, but to overcome evil with good.
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