Judges 6:1
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New International Version
The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites.

New Living Translation
The Israelites did evil in the LORD's sight. So the LORD handed them over to the Midianites for seven years.

English Standard Version
The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD gave them into the hand of Midian seven years.

Berean Study Bible
Again the Israelites did evil in the sight of the LORD; so He handed them over to Midian for seven years,

New American Standard Bible
Then the sons of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD gave them into the hands of Midian seven years.

King James Bible
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

Christian Standard Bible
The Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the LORD. So the LORD handed them over to Midian seven years,

Contemporary English Version
Then once again the Israelites started disobeying the LORD, so he let the nation of Midian control Israel for seven years.

Good News Translation
Once again the people of Israel sinned against the LORD, so he let the people of Midian rule them for seven years.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the LORD. So the LORD handed them over to Midian seven years,

International Standard Version
Later on, the Israelis practiced what the LORD considered to be evil, so the LORD handed them over to the domination of Midian for seven years.

NET Bible
The Israelites did evil in the LORD's sight, so the LORD turned them over to Midian for seven years.

New Heart English Bible
And the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The people of Israel did what the LORD considered evil. So the LORD handed them over to Midian for seven years.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

New American Standard 1977
Then the sons of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD gave them into the hands of Midian seven years.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD delivered them into the hands of Midian for seven years.

King James 2000 Bible
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

American King James Version
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

American Standard Version
And the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah: and Jehovah delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord: and he delivered them into the hand of Madian seven years.

Darby Bible Translation
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of Jehovah; and Jehovah delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

English Revised Version
And the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

World English Bible
The children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh: and Yahweh delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

Young's Literal Translation
And the sons of Israel do the evil thing in the eyes of Jehovah, and Jehovah giveth them into the hand of Midian seven years,
Study Bible
Midian Oppresses Israel
1Again the Israelites did evil in the sight of the LORD; so He handed them over to Midian for seven years, 2and the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of the Midianites, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in the mountains, caves, and strongholds.…
Cross References
Hebrews 11:32
And what more shall I say? Time will not allow me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets,

Genesis 37:28
So when the Midianite traders passed by, his brothers pulled Joseph out of the pit and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.

Numbers 22:4
So the Moabites said to the elders of Midian, "This horde will devour everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field." Since Balak son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time,

Numbers 25:15
And the name of the slain Midianite woman was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur, a tribal chief of a Midianite family.

Numbers 31:1
And the LORD said to Moses,

Judges 2:11
And the Israelites did evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals.

Judges 6:13
"Pardon me, Sir," Gideon replied, "but if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all His wonders about which our fathers told us, saying, 'Has not the LORD brought us up out of Egypt?' But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hand of Midian."

Treasury of Scripture

And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

did evil

Judges 2:13,14,19,20 And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth…

Leviticus 26:14 But if you will not listen to me, and will not do all these commandments;

Deuteronomy 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if you will not listen to the voice of …

Nehemiah 9:26-29 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against you, and …

Psalm 106:34-42 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them…

delivered. When God judges, he will overcome; and sinners shall be made either to bend or break before him. Midian

Genesis 25:2 And she bore him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and …

Numbers 25:17,18 Vex the Midianites, and smite them…

Habakkuk 3:7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the …







(1) Did evil.--Judges 2:11; Judges 3:12; Judges 4:1.

Midian.--Midian was the son of Adraham and Keturah (Genesis 25:2), and from him descended the numerous and wealthy nomadic tribes which occupied the plains east of Moab (Numbers 31:32-39). The name belongs, properly, to the tribes on the south-east of the Gulf of Akabah (1Kings 11:18). Moses himself had lived for forty years among them (Exodus 3:1; Exodus 18:1); but the Israelites had been bidden to maintain deadly hostility against the nation because of the shameful worship of Baal-peor, to which, under the instigation of Balaam, the Midianites had tempted them (Numbers 25:1-18).

Verse 1. - Midian. In Numbers 22:7 we read of the Midianites as allied with the Moabites in their hostility to the children of Israel, and we find them willing agents of Balaam s iniquitous counsels (Numbers 25:6, 17, 18; Numbers 31:7, 8), and suffering a terrible chastisement from the Israelites in consequence. An abiding national feud was the natural consequence; and this, added to their love of plunder, no doubt led to the present invasion in company with the Amalekites (Judges 3:13, note). Observe the contrast between the victory described in Numbers 31. and the defeat narrated in this chapter. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord,.... After the death of Deborah and Barak, during whose life they kept to the pure worship of God, and who, perhaps, lived pretty near the close of the forty years' rest, or of the twenty years from their victory over Jabin; but they dying, the children of Israel fell into idolatry, for that that was the evil they did appears from Judges 6:10, even worshipping the gods of the Amorites:

and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years: this was not the Midian where Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, lived, which lay more southward, but that which joined to Moab, and was more eastward. This people had been destroyed by the Israelites in the times of Moses, in their way to the land of Canaan, Numbers 31:1 wherefore they might bear them a grudge, and now took the opportunity to revenge themselves on them, God permitting them so to do for their sins; and though the destruction of this people by Israel was very general, yet as some of them might make their escape, and afterwards return to their own land, and this being about two hundred years ago, might, with others joining them, repeople their country by this time, and become strong and powerful. CHAPTER 6

Jud 6:1-6. The Israelites, for Their Sins, Oppressed by Midian.

1. and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian—Untaught by their former experiences, the Israelites again apostatized, and new sins were followed by fresh judgments. Midian had sustained a severe blow in the time of Moses (Nu 31:1-18); and the memory of that disaster, no doubt, inflamed their resentment against the Israelites. They were wandering herdsmen, called "children of the East," from their occupying the territory east of the Red Sea, contiguous to Moab. The destructive ravages they are described as at this time committing in the land of Israel are similar to those of the Bedouin Arabs, who harass the peaceful cultivators of the soil. Unless composition is made with them, they return annually at a certain season, when they carry off the grain, seize the cattle and other property; and even life itself is in jeopardy from the attacks of those prowling marauders. The vast horde of Midianites that overran Canaan made them the greatest scourge which had ever afflicted the Israelites.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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