Judges 8:17
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English Standard Version
And he broke down the tower of Penuel and killed the men of the city.

King James Bible
And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city.

American Standard Version
And he brake down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he demolished the tower of Phanuel, and slew the men of the city.

English Revised Version
And he brake down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The Midianitish kings were at Karkor with all the remnant of their army, about fifteen thousand men, a hundred and twenty thousand having already fallen. Gideon followed them thither by the road of the dwellers in tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbeha; and falling upon them unawares, smote the whole camp, which thought itself quite secure, and took the two kings prisoners, after discomfiting all the camp. The situation of Karkor, which is only mentioned here, cannot be determined with certainty. The statement of Eusebius and Jerome (Onom. s. v. Καρκὰ, Carcar), that it was the castle of Carcaria, a day's journey from Petra, is decidedly wrong, since this castle is much too far to the south, as Gesenius (Thes. p. 1210) has shown. Karkor cannot have been very far from Nobah and Jogbeha. These two places are probably preserved in the ruins of Nowakis and Jebeiha, on the north-west of Ammn (Rabbath-ammon; see at Numbers 21:31). Now, as Burckhardt (Syr. p. 612) also mentions a ruin in the neighbourhood, called Karkagheisch, on the left of the road from Szalt to Ammn, and at the most an hour and a half to the north-west of Ammn, Knobel (on Numbers 32:42) is inclined to regard this ruin as Karkor. If this supposition could be proved to be correct, Gideon would have fallen upon the camp of the enemy from the north-east. For "the way of the dwellers in tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbeha" cannot well be any other than the way which ran to the east of Nobah and Jogbeha, past the most easterly frontier city of the Gadites, to the nomads who dwelt in the desert. באללים השּׁכוּני has the article attached to the governing noun, which may easily be explained in this instance from the intervening preposition. The passive participle שׁכוּן has an intransitive force (see Ewald, 149, a.). The verb החריד in the circumstantial clause acquires the force of the pluperfect from the context. When he had startled the camp out of its security, having alarmed it by his unexpected attack, he succeeded in taking the two kings prisoners.

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Judges 8:9 And he spoke also to the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.

1 Kings 12:25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelled therein; and went out from there, and built Penuel.

Cross References
Judges 8:9
And he said to the men of Penuel, "When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower."

Judges 8:16
And he took the elders of the city, and he took thorns of the wilderness and briers and with them taught the men of Succoth a lesson.

Judges 8:18
Then he said to Zebah and Zalmunna, "Where are the men whom you killed at Tabor?" They answered, "As you are, so were they. Every one of them resembled the son of a king."

1 Kings 12:25
Then Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim and lived there. And he went out from there and built Penuel.

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