Judges 8:9
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New International Version
So he said to the men of Peniel, "When I return in triumph, I will tear down this tower."

New Living Translation
So he said to the people of Peniel, "After I return in victory, I will tear down this tower."

English Standard Version
And he said to the men of Penuel, “When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.”

New American Standard Bible
So he spoke also to the men of Penuel, saying, "When I return safely, I will tear down this tower."

King James Bible
And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He also told the men of Penuel, "When I return in peace, I will tear down this tower!"

International Standard Version
So he responded the same way to the men of Penuel, "When I come back safely, I'm going to tear down this tower."

NET Bible
He also threatened the men of Penuel, warning, "When I return victoriously, I will tear down this tower."

New Heart English Bible
He spoke also to the men of Penuel, saying, "When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So he told them, "When I come back after my victory, I'll tear down this tower."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he spoke also unto the men of Penuel, saying: 'When I come back in peace, I will break down this tower.'

New American Standard 1977
So he spoke also to the men of Penuel, saying, “When I return safely, I will tear down this tower.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he spoke also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.

King James 2000 Bible
And he spoke also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.

American King James Version
And he spoke also to the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.

American Standard Version
And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He said therefore to them also: When I shall return a conqueror in peace, I will destroy this tower.

Darby Bible Translation
And he spoke also to the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.

English Revised Version
And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he spoke also to the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.

World English Bible
He spoke also to the men of Penuel, saying, "When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower."

Young's Literal Translation
And he speaketh also to the men of Penuel, saying, 'In my turning back in peace, I break down this tower.'
Study Bible
Gideon Defeats Zebah and Zalmunna
8He went up from there to Penuel and spoke similarly to them; and the men of Penuel answered him just as the men of Succoth had answered. 9So he spoke also to the men of Penuel, saying, "When I return safely, I will tear down this tower." 10Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their armies with them, about 15,000 men, all who were left of the entire army of the sons of the east; for the fallen were 120,000 swordsmen.…
Cross References
Judges 8:17
He tore down the tower of Penuel and killed the men of the city.

Judges 8:10
Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their armies with them, about 15,000 men, all who were left of the entire army of the sons of the east; for the fallen were 120,000 swordsmen.
Treasury of Scripture

And he spoke also to the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.

I come

1 Kings 22:27,28 And say, Thus said the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed …

I will break

Judges 8:17 And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city.

(9) When I come again in peace.--Comp. 1Kings 22:27.

I will break down this tower.--If the strength of their citadel emboldened them to refuse food to Gideon's fainting warriors, it would also have helped to protect them against the dreaded vengeance of Midian.

In a threatening way, as he had spoken to the men of Succoth: saying, when I come again in peace: having conquered all his enemies, and delivered Israel from their bondage, and restored peace and prosperity to them, of which he had no doubt:

I will break down this tower; pointing to it and which stood in their city, and in which they placed their confidence; and when he threatened them, boasted of it as their security. 9. he spake …, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower—Intent on the pursuit, and afraid of losing time, he postponed the merited vengeance till his return. His confident anticipation of a triumphant return evinces the strength of his faith; and his specific threat was probably provoked by some proud and presumptuous boast, that in their lofty watchtower the Penuelites would set him at defiance.8:4-12 Gideon's men were faint, yet pursuing; fatigued with what they had done, yet eager to do more against their enemies. It is many a time the true Christian's case, fainting, and yet pursuing. The world knows but little of the persevering and successful struggle the real believer maintains with his sinful heart. But he betakes himself to that Divine strength, in the faith of which he began his conflict, and by the supply of which alone he can finish it in triumph.
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