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Judges 6 : 1-6

Gideon Becomes Israel's Judge
 1  The Israelites did evil in the LORD's sight. So the LORD handed them over to the Midianites for seven years.  2  The Midianites were so cruel that the Israelites made hiding places for themselves in the mountains, caves, and strongholds.  3  Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, marauders from Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east would attack Israel,  4  camping in the land and destroying crops as far away as Gaza. They left the Israelites with nothing to eat, taking all the sheep, goats, cattle, and donkeys.  5  These enemy hordes, coming with their livestock and tents, were as thick as locusts; they arrived on droves of camels too numerous to count. And they stayed until the land was stripped bare.  6  So Israel was reduced to starvation by the Midianites. Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD for help.

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