Judges 8:16
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New International Version
He took the elders of the town and taught the men of Sukkoth a lesson by punishing them with desert thorns and briers.

King James Bible
And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

Darby Bible Translation
And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briars, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

World English Bible
He took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

Young's Literal Translation
And he taketh the elders of the city, and the thorns of the wilderness, and the threshing instruments, and teacheth by them the men of Succoth,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He taught the men of Succoth - Instead of וידע he taught, Houbigant reads וידש he tore; and this is not only agreeable to what Gideon had threatened, Judges 8:7, but is supported by the Vulgate, Septuagint, Chaldee, Syriac, and Arabic. The Hebrew text might have been easily corrupted in this place by the change of ש shin into ע ain, letters very similar to each other.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the elders

Judges 8:7 And Gideon said, Therefore when the LORD has delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand...

Proverbs 10:13 In the lips of him that has understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

Proverbs 19:29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.

Ezra 2:6 The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve.

thorns

Micah 7:4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of your watchmen and your visitation comes...

taught. Heb. made to know. Instead of wyyoda, Houbigant, Le Clerc, and others read wyyadosh, and he tore or threshed; and this is not only agreeable to what Gideon threatened, but is supported by the LXX. Vulgate, Chaldee, Syriac, and Arabic. The Hebrew text might easily have been corrupted simply by the change of shin, into ayin, letters very similar to each other.

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September 21. "Faint, yet Pursuing" (Judges viii. 4).
"Faint, yet pursuing" (Judges viii. 4). It is a great thing thus to learn to depend upon God to work through our feeble resources, and yet, while so depending, to be absolutely faithful and diligent, and not allow our trust to deteriorate into supineness and indolence. We find no sloth or negligence in Gideon, or his three hundred; though they were weak and few, they were wholly true, and everything in them ready for God to use to the very last. "Faint yet pursuing" was their watchword as they followed
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Of the Power of Making Laws. The Cruelty of the Pope and his Adherents, in this Respect, in Tyrannically Oppressing and Destroying Souls.
1. The power of the Church in enacting laws. This made a source of human traditions. Impiety of these traditions. 2. Many of the Papistical traditions not only difficult, but impossible to be observed. 3. That the question may be more conveniently explained, nature of conscience must be defined. 4. Definition of conscience explained. Examples in illustration of the definition. 5. Paul's doctrine of submission to magistrates for conscience sake, gives no countenance to the Popish doctrine of the obligation
John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Cross References
Judges 8:15
Then Gideon came and said to the men of Sukkoth, "Here are Zebah and Zalmunna, about whom you taunted me by saying, 'Do you already have the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your possession? Why should we give bread to your exhausted men?'"

Judges 8:17
He also pulled down the tower of Peniel and killed the men of the town.

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