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Judges Chapter 8 Summary: Chapter Summaries

Continuing the story of Gideon in Judges chapter 8 summary; this chapter began with the children of Ephraim. They were upset with Gideon because he did not call them, initially, to the battle.

Fortunately and unfortunately, some people really enjoy a good fight, battle, or war. Gideon settled their frustration; he also continued to pursue the kings of Midian, namely Zebah and Zalmunna. Gideon asked the men of a town named Succoth to provide food for his small army.

They refused, and they demanded he first captures the kings of Midian. This was a way of saying, “finish the work, then get bread.” It also screamed, “we don’t think you can do it.”

Judges Chapter 8 Summary

The judge of Israel wasn’t happy about that and responded by saying, ‘when God delivers these kings to me, I will come back and tear your flesh apart.” Ouch! Gideon proceeded to ask another neighboring town, the village of Penuel, and they said the same thing as Succoth.

Gideon responded that he would break down their towers when he returned in victory. So far Midian had lost 120,000 men in the battle against Gideon, most of the damage was from the LORD, entangling them to war with themselves.

Gideon then captured the two kings of Midian and paid a return visit to the men of Succoth and Penuel. He taught the men of Succoth not to doubt him or the LORD. He killed 77 princes and elders and destroyed the men of Penuel as well.

After this, the men of Israel requested Gideon to become their ruler. He refused and responded that God the LORD would rule over them. All Gideon wanted was the golden earrings the Ishmaelites (Midian) wore.

It later became a snare to Gideon and his household. The end result, Israel had peace for 40 years while Gideon was alive. The chapter ended with the downfall of his (Gideon) household. Gideon had many wives that produced 70 sons for him.

He had one son named Abimelech from a concubine (remember this guy). Gideon died a good old age and Israel went back to Baalim and Baalberith, forsaking the God who just delivered them through the hands of Gideon.

Further, Israel didn’t even show kindness to the house of Jerubbaal (Gideon) for all he did for Israel. This is the summary of Judges chapter 8, glory to the LORD of lords!


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  1. Judith Michael Judith Michael

    So nice of Gideon
    I wish to go to heaven and see him with his lord

    • Hi Judith, it was mighty nice of him. Praise God and thank you for stopping by!

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