And it came to pass
the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Take thy father's
young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and
throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down
the grove that is by it: And build an altar unto the LORD thy
God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take
the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood
of the grove which thou shalt cut down.
Then Gideon took ten
men of his servants, and did as the LORD had said unto him: and
so it was, because he feared his father's household, and the
men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did
it by night. And when the men of the city arose early in the
morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove
was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered
upon the altar that was built.
And they said one to
another, Who hath done this thing? And when they enquired and
asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash hath done this thing.
Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son,
that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Baal,
and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it.
And Joash said unto
all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save
him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst
it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself,
because one hath cast down his altar. Therefore on that day he
called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because
he hath thrown down his altar.
Then all the Midianites
and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered
together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel.
But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet;
and Abiezer was gathered after him. And he sent messengers throughout
all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers
unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came
up to meet them.
And Gideon said unto
God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said,
Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the
dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside,
then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as
thou hast said. And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow,
and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the
fleece, a bowl full of water.
And Gideon said unto
God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak
but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with
the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon
all the ground let there be dew. And God did so that night: for
it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the