Judges 6:17
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English Standard Version
And he said to him, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, then show me a sign that it is you who speak with me.

King James Bible
And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me.

American Standard Version
And he said unto him, If now I have found favor in thy sight, then show me a sign that it is thou that talkest with me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said: If I have found grace before thee, give me a sign that it is thou that speakest to me,

English Revised Version
And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that it is thou that talkest with me.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then show me a sign that thou talkest with me.

Judges 6:17 Parallel
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Call of Gideon to Be the Deliverer of Israel. - As the reproof of the prophet was intended to turn the hearts of the people once more to the Lord their God and deliverer, so that manner in which God called Gideon to be their deliverer, and rescued Israel from its oppressors through his instrumentality, as intended to furnish the most evident proof that the help and salvation of Israel were not to be found in man, but solely in their God. God had also sent their former judges. The Spirit of Jehovah had come upon Othniel, so that he smote the enemy in the power of God (Judges 3:10). Ehud had put to death the hostile king by stratagem, and then destroyed his army; and Barak had received the command of the Lord, through the prophetess Deborah, to deliver His people from the dominion of their foes, and had carried out the command with her assistance. But Gideon was called to be the deliverer of Israel through an appearance of the angel of the Lord, to show to him and to all Israel, that Jehovah, the God of the fathers, was still near at hand to His people, and could work miracles as in the days of old, if Israel would only adhere to Him and keep His covenant. The call of Gideon took place in two revelations from God. First of all the Lord appeared to him in the visible form of an angel, in which He had already made himself known to the patriarchs, and summoned him in the strength of God to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Midianites (Judges 6:11-24). He then commanded him, in a dream of the night, to throw down his father's altar of Baal, and to offer a burnt-offering to Jehovah his God upon an altar erected for the purpose (Judges 6:25-32). In the first revelation the Lord acknowledged Gideon; in the second He summoned Gideon to acknowledge Him as his God.

Judges 6:11-24

Appearance of the Angel of the Lord. - Judges 6:11. The angel of the Lord, i.e., Jehovah, in a visible self-revelation in human form (see Pentateuch, pp. 106ff.), appeared this time in the form of a traveller with a staff in his hand (Judges 6:21), and sat down "under the terebinth which (was) in Ophrah, that (belonged) to Joash the Abi-ezrite." It was not the oak, but Ophrah, that belonged to Joash, as we may see from Judges 6:24, where the expression "Ophrah of the Abi-ezrite" occurs. According to Joash Judges 17:2 and 1 Chronicles 7:18, Abiezer was a family in the tribe of Manasseh, and according to Judges 6:15 it was a small family of that tribe. Joash was probably the head of the family at that time, and as such was the lord or owner of Ophrah, a town (Judges 8:27; cf. Judges 9:5) which was called "Ophrah of the Abi-ezrite," to distinguish it from Ophrah in the tribe of Benjamin (Joshua 18:23). The situation of the town has not yet been determined with certainty. Josephus (Ant. v. 6, 5) calls it Ephran. Van de Velde conjectures that it is to be found in the ruins of Erfai, opposite to Akrabeh, towards the S.E., near the Mohammedan Wely of Abu Kharib, on the S.W. of Janun (Me. pp. 337-8), close to the northern boundary of the tribe-territory of Ephraim, if not actually within it. By this terebinth tree was Gideon the son of Joash "knocking out wheat in the wine-press." חבט does not mean to thresh, but to knock with a stick. The wheat was threshed upon open floors, or in places in the open field that were rolled hard for the purpose, with threshing carriages or threshing shoes, or else with oxen, which they drove about over the scattered sheaves to tread out the grains with their hoofs. Only poor people knocked out the little corn that they had gleaned with a stick (Ruth 2:17), and Gideon did it in the existing times of distress, namely in the pressing-tub, which, like all wine-presses, was sunk in the ground, in a hole that had been dug out or hewn in the rock (for a description of cisterns of this kind, see Rob. Bibl. Res. pp. 135-6), "to make the wheat fly" (i.e., to make it safe) "from the Midianites" (הנים as in Exodus 9:20).

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Exodus 33:13,16 Now therefore, I pray you, if I have found grace in your sight, show me now your way, that I may know you...


Judges 6:36-40 And Gideon said to God, If you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said...

Genesis 15:8-17 And he said, LORD God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it...

Exodus 4:1-9 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor listen to my voice: for they will say...

2 Kings 20:8-11 And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me...

Psalm 86:17 Show me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because you, LORD, have helped me, and comforted me.

Isaiah 7:11 Ask you a sign of the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.

Cross References
Judges 6:18
Please do not depart from here until I come to you and bring out my present and set it before you." And he said, "I will stay till you return."

Judges 6:37
behold, I am laying a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece alone, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said."

1 Kings 13:3
And he gave a sign the same day, saying, "This is the sign that the LORD has spoken: 'Behold, the altar shall be torn down, and the ashes that are on it shall be poured out.'"

Psalm 86:17
Show me a sign of your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

Isaiah 38:7
"This shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he has promised:

Isaiah 38:8
Behold, I will make the shadow cast by the declining sun on the dial of Ahaz turn back ten steps." So the sun turned back on the dial the ten steps by which it had declined.

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