Matthew Poole Commentary - Judges 8:1 - 8:1

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Matthew Poole Commentary - Judges 8:1 - 8:1

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The Ephraimites are displeased with Gideon; he satisfies them, Jud_8:1-3. He pursueth two kings of the Midianites he punisheth those of Succoth and Penuel, Jud_8:4-17. He revengeth his brethren’s death on the two kings, Jud_8:18-21. He refuseth government, Jud_8:22,23; demandeth a present of the spoil, and thereof makes an ephod; places it in Ophrah; it is a cause of idolatry, Jud_8:24-27. Gideon’s children, wives, death, and burial, Jud_8:30-32. Israel revolts to idolatry; is ungrateful to Gideon’s family, Jud_8:33-35.

Why hast thou neglected and despised us, in not calling us in to thy help, as thou didst other tribes? These were a proud people, Isa_11:13, puffed up with a conceit of their number and strength, and the preference which Jacob by Divine direction gave them above Manasseh, Gen_48:19,20, of which tribe Gideon was, who by this act had seemed to advance his own tribe, and to depress theirs.