Midian Oppresses Israel
Then the children of Israel did a evil in the sight of the LORD. So the LORD delivered them into the hand of b Midian for seven years,
and the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of the Midianites, the children of Israel made for themselves the dens, c the caves, and the strongholds which are in the mountains.
So it was, whenever Israel had sown, Midianites would come up; also Amalekites and the d people of the East would come up against them.
Then they would encamp against them and e destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep nor ox nor f donkey.
For they would come up with their livestock and their tents, coming in as numerous as locusts; both they and their camels were without number; and they would enter the land to destroy it.
So Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites, and the children of Israel g cried out to the LORD.
And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried out to the LORD because of the Midianites,
that the LORD sent a prophet to the children of Israel, who said to them, "Thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'I brought you up from Egypt and brought you out of the h house of bondage;
'and I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of all who oppressed you, and i drove them out before you and gave you their land.
'Also I said to you, "I am the LORD your God; j do not fear the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell." But you have not obeyed My k voice.' "
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals.
So Moab said to the elders of Midian, "Now this company will lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field." And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time.
Numbers 31:1 - 3
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
1 Samuel 13:6
When the men of Israel saw that they were in danger (for the people were distressed), then the people hid in caves, in thickets, in rocks, in holes, and in pits.
Of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.
I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you shall not eat of it; your donkey shall be violently taken away from before you, and shall not be restored to you; your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you shall have no one to rescue them.
Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.
I will return again to My place Till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.
For the LORD our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that we went and among all the people through whom we passed.
You drove out the nations with Your hand, But them You planted; You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.
For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them.
2 Kings 17:35
With whom the LORD had made a covenant and charged them, saying: "You shall not fear other gods, nor bow down to them nor serve them nor sacrifice to them.
2 Kings 17:37
And the statutes, the ordinances, the law, and the commandment which He wrote for you, you shall be careful to observe forever; you shall not fear other gods.
2 Kings 17:38
And the covenant that I have made with you, you shall not forget, nor shall you fear other gods.
Thus says the LORD: "Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, For the Gentiles are dismayed at them.
Then the Angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said: "I led you up from Egypt and brought you to the land of which I swore to your fathers; and I said, 'I will never break My covenant with you.
And you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.' But you have not obeyed My voice. Why have you done this?