Judges 6:37
New International Version
look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said."

New Living Translation
prove it to me in this way. I will put a wool fleece on the threshing floor tonight. If the fleece is wet with dew in the morning but the ground is dry, then I will know that you are going to help me rescue Israel as you promised."

English Standard Version
behold, I am laying a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece alone, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said.”

Berean Study Bible
then behold, I will place a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that You will deliver Israel by my hand, as You have said.”

New American Standard Bible
behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I will know that You will deliver Israel through me, as You have spoken."

King James Bible
Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.

Christian Standard Bible
I will put a wool fleece here on the threshing floor. If dew is only on the fleece, and all the ground is dry, I will know that you will deliver Israel by my strength, as you said."

Good News Translation
Well, I am putting some wool on the ground where we thresh the wheat. If in the morning there is dew only on the wool but not on the ground, then I will know that you are going to use me to rescue Israel."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will put a fleece of wool here on the threshing floor. If dew is only on the fleece, and all the ground is dry, I will know that You will deliver Israel by my strength, as You said."

International Standard Version
then take a look at this wool fleece that I'm placing on the threshing floor. If dew appears only on the fleece—and it's dry on the ground all around it—then I'll know that you'll deliver Israel by my efforts like you've said."

NET Bible
Look, I am putting a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece, and the ground around it is dry, then I will be sure that you will use me to deliver Israel, as you promised."

New Heart English Bible
look, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then shall I know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you have spoken."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'll place some wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the wool while all the ground is dry, then I'll know that you will rescue Israel through me, as you said."

JPS Tanakh 1917
behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing-floor; if there be dew on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the ground, then shall I know that Thou wilt save Israel by my hand, as Thou hast spoken.'

New American Standard 1977
behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I will know that Thou wilt deliver Israel through me, as Thou hast spoken.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the threshing floor; and if the dew is on the fleece only and it is dry upon all the earth beside it, then I shall know that thou wilt save Israel by my hand as thou hast said.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside it, then shall I know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said.

American King James Version
Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry on all the earth beside, then shall I know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said.

American Standard Version
behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing-floor; if there be dew on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the ground, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by my hand, as thou hast spoken.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
behold, I put the fleece of wool in the threshing-floor: if there be dew on the fleece only, and drought on all the ground, I shall know that thou wilt save Israel by my hand, as thou hast said.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will put this fleece of wool on the floor: if there be dew on the fleece only, and it be dry on all the ground beside, I, shall know that by my hand, as thou hast said, thou wilt deliver Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
behold, I put a fleece of wool on the threshing-floor; if dew shall be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the ground, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by my hand, as thou hast said.

English Revised Version
behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing-floor; if there be dew on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the ground, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast spoken.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the floor; and if the dew shall be on the fleece only, and it shall be dry upon all the earth besides, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by my hand, as thou hast said.

World English Bible
behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there be dew on the fleece only, and it be dry on all the ground, then shall I know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you have spoken."

Young's Literal Translation
lo, I am placing the fleece of wool in the threshing-floor: if dew is on the fleece alone, and on all the earth drought -- then I have known that Thou dost save Israel by my hand, as Thou hast spoken;'
Study Bible
The Sign of the Fleece
36Then Gideon said to God, “If You will deliver Israel by my hand, as You have said, 37then behold, I will place a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that You will deliver Israel by my hand, as You have said.” 38And that is what happened. When Gideon arose the next morning, he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water.…
Cross References
Judges 6:17
Gideon answered, "If I have found favor in Your sight, give me a sign that it is You speaking with me.

Judges 6:36
Then Gideon said to God, "If You will deliver Israel by my hand, as You have said,

Judges 6:38
And that is what happened. When Gideon arose the next morning, he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew--a bowlful of water.

Treasury of Scripture

Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry on all the earth beside, then shall I know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said.

behold

Deuteronomy 32:2
My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

Psalm 72:6
He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.

Hosea 6:3,4
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth…

only

Psalm 147:19,20
He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel…

Matthew 10:5,6
These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: …

Matthew 15:24
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.







Lexicon
then behold,
הִנֵּ֣ה (hin·nêh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2009: Lo! behold!

I
אָנֹכִ֗י (’ā·nō·ḵî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 595: I

will place
מַצִּ֛יג (maṣ·ṣîḡ)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3322: To place permanently

a fleece
גִּזַּ֥ת (giz·zaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1492: A fleece

of wool
הַצֶּ֖מֶר (haṣ·ṣe·mer)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6785: Wool

on the threshing floor.
בַּגֹּ֑רֶן (bag·gō·ren)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1637: A threshing-floor, open area

If
אִ֡ם (’im)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

there is
יִהְיֶ֨ה (yih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

dew
טַל֩ (ṭal)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2919: Night mist, dew

only
לְבַדָּ֗הּ (lə·ḇad·dāh)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 905: Separation, a part of the body, branch of a, tree, bar for, carrying, chief of

on
עַֽל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the fleece
הַגִּזָּ֜ה (hag·giz·zāh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1492: A fleece

and all
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the ground
הָאָ֙רֶץ֙ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

is dry,
חֹ֔רֶב (ḥō·reḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2721: Dryness, drought, heat

then I will know
וְיָדַעְתִּ֗י (wə·yā·ḏa‘·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

that
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

You will deliver
תוֹשִׁ֧יעַ (ṯō·wō·šî·a‘)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3467: To be open, wide, free, to be safe, to free, succor

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

by my hand,
בְּיָדִ֛י (bə·yā·ḏî)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

as
כַּאֲשֶׁ֥ר (ka·’ă·šer)
Preposition-k | Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

You have said.�
דִּבַּֽרְתָּ׃ (dib·bar·tā)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue
(37) A fleece of wool.--In works of art this is sometimes represented as an entire sheepskin, probably from an erroneous explanation of the Vulgate, Vellus lanae, and from Luther's rendering, ein Fell mit der Wolle. But the English version is correct.

In the floor.--i.e., on the open threshing-floor. (See Note on Judges 6:11, and comp. Psalm 1:4; Hosea 13:3.)

If the dew be on the fleece only.--The very fact that this circumstance might be a purely natural result only shows the simple truthfulness of the narrative. Gideon would hardly have asked for this sign if he had been aware that, taken alone, it would be no sign of supernatural guidance. Bishop Hervey quotes Lord Bacon, who says (Nat Hist.) that "Sailors have used every night to hang fleeces of wool on the sides of their ships towards the water, and they have crushed fresh water out of them in the morning." Every one must have noticed flocks of wool on the hedges, sparkling with dewdrops long after the dew on the leaves around them has evaporated. In Psalm 72:6 (Prayer Book), "He shall come down like the rain into a fleece of wool," the Hebrew word is the same as here, and the ancient version takes it in the same sense (LXX., epi plokon; Vulg., in vellus); but perhaps the true sense is there "mown grass," as in Amos 7:1 (mowings).

Verses 37-40. - It is difficult to guess what led to this somewhat quaint sign which Gideon asked. Possibly the dews were usually heavy upon the hill of Gilead (Judges 7:3, note) where Gideon was encamped, as they seem to have been on Mount Gilboa (2 Samuel 1:21) and on Hermon (Psalm 133:3), and sheep-skins may have been a common protection against the cold nights, as in Afghanistan; and he may have noticed how often in the morning both the skin that covered him, and the ground around, was wet with the heavy dew. And this may have suggested the double test, by which his faith was, through God's condescending mercy, confirmed and established.



6:33-40 These signs are truly miraculous, and very significant. Gideon and his men were going to fight the Midianites; could God distinguish between a small fleece of Israel, and the vast floor of Midian? Gideon is made to know that God could do so. Is Gideon desirous that the dew of Divine grace might come down upon himself in particular? He sees the fleece wet with dew to assure him of it. Does he desire that God will be as the dew to all Israel? Behold, all the ground is wet. What cause we sinners of the Gentiles have, to bless the Lord that the dew of heavenly blessings, once confined to Israel, is now sent to all the inhabitants of the earth! Yet still the means of grace are in different measures, according to the purposes of God. In the same congregation, one man's soul is like Gideon's moistened fleece, another like the dry ground.
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