Judges 8:16
New International Version
He took the elders of the town and taught the men of Sukkoth a lesson by punishing them with desert thorns and briers.

New Living Translation
Then Gideon took the elders of the town and taught them a lesson, punishing them with thorns and briers from the wilderness.

English Standard Version
And he took the elders of the city, and he took thorns of the wilderness and briers and with them taught the men of Succoth a lesson.

Berean Study Bible
Then he took the elders of the city, and using the thorns and briers of the wilderness, he disciplined the men of Succoth.

New American Standard Bible
He took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and he disciplined the men of Succoth with them.

New King James Version
And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

King James Bible
And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

Christian Standard Bible
So he took the elders of the city, and he took some thorns and briers from the wilderness, and he disciplined the men of Succoth with them.

Contemporary English Version
Gideon made a whip from thorn plants and used it to beat the town officials.

Good News Translation
He then took thorns and briers from the desert and used them to punish the leaders of Sukkoth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So he took the elders of the city, and he took some thorns and briers from the wilderness, and he disciplined the men of Succoth with them.

International Standard Version
So he took the elders of the city and disciplined the men of Succoth with thorns and briers from the desert.

NET Bible
He seized the leaders of the city, along with some desert thorns and briers; he then "threshed" the men of Succoth with them.

New Heart English Bible
He took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he threshed the men of Succoth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Gideon took the leaders of the city and taught them a lesson using thorns and thistles from the desert.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

New American Standard 1977
And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and he disciplined the men of Succoth with them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he took the elders of the city and thorns and briars of the wilderness, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

King James 2000 Bible
And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

American King James Version
And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

American Standard Version
And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he took the elders of the city with the thorns of the wilderness and the Barkenim, and with them he tore the men of the city.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So he took the ancients of the city and thorns and briers of the desert, and tore them with the same, and cut in pieces the men of Soccoth.

Darby Bible Translation
And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briars, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

English Revised Version
And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness, and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

World English Bible
He took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

Young's Literal Translation
And he taketh the elders of the city, and the thorns of the wilderness, and the threshing instruments, and teacheth by them the men of Succoth,
Study Bible
Gideon Defeats Zebah and Zalmunna
15And Gideon went to the men of Succoth and said, “Here are Zebah and Zalmunna, about whom you taunted me, saying, ‘Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna already in your possession, that we should give bread to your weary men?’” 16Then he took the elders of the city, and using the thorns and briers of the wilderness, he disciplined the men of Succoth. 17He also pulled down the tower of Penuel and killed the men of the city.…
Cross References
Judges 8:15
And Gideon went to the men of Succoth and said, "Here are Zebah and Zalmunna, about whom you taunted me, saying, 'Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna already in your possession, that we should give bread to your weary men?'"

Judges 8:17
He also pulled down the tower of Penuel and killed the men of the city.

Treasury of Scripture

And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

the elders

Judges 8:7
And Gideon said, Therefore when the LORD hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers.

Proverbs 10:13
In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

Proverbs 19:29
Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.

thorns

Micah 7:4
The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

taught.







Lexicon
Then he took
וַיִּקַּח֙ (way·yiq·qaḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3947: To take

the elders
זִקְנֵ֣י (ziq·nê)
Adjective - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 2205: Old

of the city,
הָעִ֔יר (hā·‘îr)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement

and [using]
וְאֶת־ (wə·’eṯ-)
Conjunctive waw | Direct object marker
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

the thorns
קוֹצֵ֥י (qō·w·ṣê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6975: A thorn, thornbush

and briers
הַֽבַּרְקֳנִ֑ים (hab·bar·qo·nîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1303: A thorn

of the wilderness,
הַמִּדְבָּ֖ר (ham·miḏ·bār)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4057: A pasture, a desert, speech

he disciplined
וַיֹּ֣דַע (way·yō·ḏa‘)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

the men
אַנְשֵׁ֥י (’an·šê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

of Succoth.
סֻכּֽוֹת׃ (suk·kō·wṯ)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5523: Succoth -- a city East of the Jordan, also a place in Egypt
(16) He taught.--Literally, made to know (Proverbs 10:9); but ?? may be a misreading for ??? "he threshed," as in Judges 6:7. (Vulg. contrivit atque comminuit.)

The men of Succoth.--i.e., the elders. Gideon would be well aware that in an Oriental city the mass of the people have no voice in any decision. Ewald takes it to mean, "By them (the slain elders) he taught the (rest of the) people of Succoth to be wiser in future."

Verse 16. - He taught, i.e. corrected, punished. It is, however, very probable that the true reading is he threshed or tore (yadash for yadah, the final letters שand ע being very similar). We have then the fulfilment of Gideon's threat in ver. 7 recorded in the same words with regard to Succoth, just as the breaking down of the tower of Penuel in ver. 17 is in verbal agreement with ver. 9. The Septuagint and Vulgate both seem to have found he threshed in their copies. 8:13-17 The active servants of the Lord meet with more dangerous opposition from false professors than from open enemies; but they must not care for the behaviour of those who are Israelites in name, but Midianites in heart. They must pursue the enemies of their souls, and of the cause of God, though they are ready to faint through inward conflicts and outward hardships. And they shall be enabled to persevere. The less men help, and the more they seek to hinder, the more will the Lord assist. Gideon's warning being slighted, the punishment was just. Many are taught with the briers and thorns of affliction, who would not learn otherwise.
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