Judges 6:3
New International Version
Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country.

New Living Translation
Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, marauders from Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east would attack Israel,

English Standard Version
For whenever the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East would come up against them.

Berean Study Bible
Whenever the Israelites would plant their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites, and other people of the East would come up and invade them,

New American Standard Bible
For it was when Israel had sown, that the Midianites would come up with the Amalekites and the sons of the east and go against them.

King James Bible
And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;

Christian Standard Bible
Whenever the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites, Amalekites, and the Qedemites came and attacked them.

Contemporary English Version
Every time the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites invaded Israel together with the Amalekites and other eastern nations.

Good News Translation
Whenever the Israelites would plant their crops, the Midianites would come with the Amalekites and the desert tribes and attack them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whenever the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites, Amalekites, and the Qedemites came and attacked them.

International Standard Version
Whenever the Israelis sowed their crops, the Midianites, the Amalekites, and certain groups from the east would come up and invade them.

NET Bible
Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites, and the people from the east would attack them.

New Heart English Bible
And so it was, when Israel had sown, that Midian, Amalek, and the Kedemites would come up against them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whenever Israel planted crops, Midian, Amalek, and Kedem came and damaged the crops.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east; they came up against them;

New American Standard 1977
For it was when Israel had sown, that the Midianites would come up with the Amalekites and the sons of the east and go against them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For when those of Israel had sown, the Midianites would come up and the Amalekites and the sons of the east. They would come up against them

King James 2000 Bible
And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;

American King James Version
And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;

American Standard Version
And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east; they came up against them;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And it came to pass when the children of Israel sowed, that Madiam and Amalec went up, and the children of the east went up together with them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when Israel had sown, Madian and Amalec, and the rest of the eastern nations came up:

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass when Israel sowed, that Midian came up, and Amalek, and the children of the east, and came up against them.

English Revised Version
And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east; they came up against them;

Webster's Bible Translation
And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;

World English Bible
So it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east; they came up against them;

Young's Literal Translation
And it hath been, if Israel hath sowed, that Midian hath come up, and Amalek, and the sons of the east, yea, they have come up against him,
Study Bible
Midian Oppresses Israel
2and the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of the Midianites, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in the mountains, caves, and strongholds. 3Whenever the Israelites would plant their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites, and other people of the East would come up and invade them, 4encamping against them as far as Gaza and destroying the produce of the land. They left Israel with no sustenance, neither sheep nor oxen nor donkeys.…
Cross References
Genesis 29:1
Jacob resumed his journey and came to the land of the sons of the east.

Leviticus 26:16
then this is what I will do to you: I will bring upon you sudden terror, wasting disease, and fever that will destroy your sight and drain your life. You will sow your seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it.

Judges 6:2
and the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of the Midianites, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in the mountains, caves, and strongholds.

Judges 6:4
encamping against them as far as Gaza and destroying the produce of the land. They left Israel with no sustenance, neither sheep nor oxen nor donkeys.

1 Kings 20:27
The Israelites also mobilized, gathered supplies, and marched out to meet them. The Israelites camped before them like two small flocks of goats, while the Arameans covered the countryside.

Isaiah 62:8
The LORD has sworn by His right hand and by His mighty arm: "Never again will I give your grain to your enemies for food, nor will foreigners drink the new wine for which you have toiled.

Ezekiel 25:4
therefore I will indeed give you as a possession to the people of the east. They will set up their encampments and pitch their tents among you. They will eat your fruit and drink your milk.

Treasury of Scripture

And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;

when Israel

Leviticus 26:16
I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

Deuteronomy 28:30-33,51
Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof…

Job 31:8
Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.

Amalekites

Judges 3:13
And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees.

children

Judges 6:33
Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel.

Judges 7:12
And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.

Judges 8:10
Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of all the hosts of the children of the east: for there fell an hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword.







Lexicon
Whenever
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

the Israelites
יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

would plant their crops,
זָרַ֣ע (zā·ra‘)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2232: To sow, to disseminate, plant, fructify

the Midianites,
מִדְיָ֧ן (miḏ·yān)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4080: Midian -- a son of Abraham and Keturah, also his descendants and the region where they settled

Amalekites,
וַֽעֲמָלֵ֛ק (wa·‘ă·mā·lêq)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6002: Amalek -- a descendant of Esau, also his posterity

and other people
וּבְנֵי־ (ū·ḇə·nê-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

of the East
קֶ֖דֶם (qe·ḏem)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6924: The front, of place, time

would come up
וְעָלָ֨ה (wə·‘ā·lāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5927: To ascend, in, actively

and invade
וְעָל֥וּ (wə·‘ā·lū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5927: To ascend, in, actively

them,
עָלָֽיו׃ (‘ā·lāw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against
(3) When Israel had sown.--The invasions of these Arab tribes were of the most crushing and irritating kind. Living in idleness and marauding expeditions, they let the Israelites sow their corn, and came themselves to reap and carry it away. They said, "Let us take to ourselves the pastures of God"--i.e., the rich, blessed pastures--"in possession" (Psalm 83:12). Alyattes, king of Lydia, treated the people of Miletus in exactly the same way, leaving their houses un-destroyed, solely that they might be tempted to return to them, and plough and sow once more (Herod. i. 17). The same thing goes on to this day. The wretched Fellahin, neglected and oppressed by the effete and corrupt Turkish Government, sow their corn, with the constant dread that they are but sowing it for the Bedouin, who yearly plunder them, unrepressed and unpunished. Hence the squalid towns and villages of the Fellahin abound in huge subterranean places of concealment, in which they stow away their corn, and everything else of value which they possess, to save them from these wild marauders.

The Amalekites.--See Judges 3:13; Genesis 36:12.

The children of the east.--Beni Kedem (Genesis 25:6; Job 1:3) is a general name for Arabs, as Josephus rightly calls them. From Judges 8:26 we can derive a picture of their chiefs in their gorgeous robes and golden ear-rings, mounted on dromedaries and camels, of which the necks were hung with moon-shaped ornaments of gold.

Verse 3. - Children of the east. We first find this term in Genesis 29:1, where it is applied to the people of Haran. Comparing the analogous phrases, "the east country" (Genesis 25:6), the mountains of the east (Numbers 23:7), "the men of the east" (Job 1:3), "the east" (Isaiah 2:3; Matthew 2:1), we gather that the country lying to the east of Palestine as far as the river Euphrates was called the east country, and that the various tribes of Arabs and others who peopled that desert were called "the children of the cast" (see ver. 33 and Judges 7:12; Judges 8:10). 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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