Midian Oppresses Israel

Judges 6

1 k The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them into the hand of l Midian seven years. 2 And the hand of Midian overpowered Israel, and because of Midian the people of Israel made for themselves the dens that are in the mountains and m the caves and the strongholds. 3 For whenever the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites and n the Amalekites and o the people of the East would come up against them. 4 They would encamp against them p and devour the produce of the land, as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance in Israel and no sheep or ox or donkey. 5 For they would come up with their livestock and their tents; they would come q like locusts in number - both they and their camels could not be counted - so that they laid waste the land as they came in. 6 And Israel was brought very low because of Midian. And the people of Israel r cried out for help to the Lord.

7 When the people of Israel cried out to the Lord on account of the Midianites, 8 the Lord sent a prophet to the people of Israel. And he said to them, "Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: s I led you up from Egypt and brought you out of the house of bondage. 9 And I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all who oppressed you, and t drove them out before you and gave you their land. 10 And I said to you, 'I am the Lord your God; u you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.' But you have not obeyed my voice."

  1. Cross References
    Judges 2:19
    But whenever the judge died, they turned back and were more corrupt than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them. They did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways.
  2. Cross References
    Genesis 25:2
    She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.
    Numbers 25:17 - 18
    Harass the Midianites and strike them down.
    Habakkuk 3:7
    I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction; the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.
  3. Cross References
    1 Samuel 13:6
    When the men of Israel saw that they were in trouble (for the people were hard pressed), the people hid themselves in caves and in holes and in rocks and in tombs and in cisterns.
    Hebrews 11:38
    Of whom the world was not worthy - wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
  4. Cross References
    Judges 3:13
    He gathered to himself the Ammonites and the Amalekites, and went and defeated Israel. And they took possession of the city of palms.
  5. Cross References
    Judges 6:33
    Now all the Midianites and the Amalekites and t...
    Judges 7:12
    And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all t...
    Judges 8:10
    Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with thei...
    Genesis 29:1
    Then Jacob went on his journey and came to the ...
    1 Kings 4:30
    So that Solomon's wisdom surpassed the wisdom o...
    Job 1:3
    He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yok...
  6. Cross References
    Leviticus 26:16
    Then I will do this to you: I will visit you with panic, with wasting disease and fever that consume the eyes and make the heart ache. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
    Deuteronomy 28:30 - 33
    You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall ravish her. You shall build a house, but you shall not dwell in it. You shall plant a vineyard, but you shall not enjoy its fruit.
    Deuteronomy 28:51
    It shall eat the offspring of your cattle and the fruit of your ground, until you are destroyed; it also shall not leave you grain, wine, or oil, the increase of your herds or the young of your flock, until they have caused you to perish.
    Micah 6:15
    You shall sow, but not reap; you shall tread olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil; you shall tread grapes, but not drink wine.
  7. Cross References
    Judges 7:12
    And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the people of the East lay along the valley like locusts in abundance, and their camels were without number, as the sand that is on the seashore in abundance.
  8. Cross References
    Judges 3:9
    But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel, who saved them, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.
  9. Cross References
    1 Samuel 10:18
    And he said to the people of Israel, "Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, 'I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 44:2 - 3
    You with your own hand drove out the nations, but them you planted; you afflicted the peoples, but them you set free.
  11. Cross References
    Joshua 24:15
    And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
    2 Kings 17:35 - 38
    The Lord made a covenant with them and commanded them, "You shall not fear other gods or bow yourselves to them or serve them or sacrifice to them.
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