Judges 8:19
New International Version
Gideon replied, "Those were my brothers, the sons of my own mother. As surely as the LORD lives, if you had spared their lives, I would not kill you."

New Living Translation
“They were my brothers, the sons of my own mother!” Gideon exclaimed. “As surely as the LORD lives, I wouldn’t kill you if you hadn’t killed them.”

English Standard Version
And he said, “They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. As the LORD lives, if you had saved them alive, I would not kill you.”

Berean Study Bible
“They were my brothers,” Gideon replied, “the sons of my mother! As surely as the LORD lives, if you had let them live, I would not kill you.”

New American Standard Bible
He said, "They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. As the LORD lives, if only you had let them live, I would not kill you."

New King James Version
Then he said, “They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. As the LORD lives, if you had let them live, I would not kill you.”

King James Bible
And he said, They were my brethren, even the sons of my mother: as the LORD liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you.

Christian Standard Bible
So he said, "They were my brothers, the sons of my mother! As the LORD lives, if you had let them live, I would not kill you."

Contemporary English Version
"They were my very own brothers!" Gideon said. "I swear by the living LORD that if you had let them live, I would let you live."

Good News Translation
Gideon said, "They were my brothers, my own mother's sons. I solemnly swear that if you had not killed them, I would not kill you."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So he said, "They were my brothers, the sons of my mother! As the LORD lives, if you had let them live, I would not kill you."

International Standard Version
Gideon replied, "They were my brothers—sons from my own mother. As the LORD lives, if you had let them live, I wouldn't be killing you."

NET Bible
He said, "They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. I swear, as surely as the LORD is alive, if you had let them live, I would not kill you."

New Heart English Bible
He said, "They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. As the LORD lives, if you had saved them alive, I would not kill you."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Gideon replied, "They were my brothers, my mother's sons. I solemnly swear, as the LORD lives, if you had let them live, I would not have to kill you now."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he said: 'They were my brethren, the sons of my mother; as the LORD liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you.'

New American Standard 1977
And he said, “They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. As the LORD lives, if only you had let them live, I would not kill you.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said, They were my brethren, the sons of my mother; as the LORD lives, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, They were my brethren, even the sons of my mother: as the LORD lives, if you had saved them alive, I would not slay you.

American King James Version
And he said, They were my brothers, even the sons of my mother: as the LORD lives, if you had saved them alive, I would not slay you.

American Standard Version
And he said, They were my brethren, the sons of my mother: as Jehovah liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Gedeon said, They were my brethren and the sons of my mother: as the Lord lives, if ye had preserved them alive, I would not have slain you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He answered them: They were my brethren, the sons of my mother. As the Lord liveth, if you had saved them, I would not kill you.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, They were my brethren, the sons of my mother. [As] Jehovah liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you.

English Revised Version
And he said, They were my brethren, the sons of my mother: as the LORD liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, They were my brethren, even the sons of my mother: as the LORD liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you.

World English Bible
He said, "They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. As Yahweh lives, if you had saved them alive, I would not kill you."

Young's Literal Translation
And he saith, 'My brethren -- sons of my mother -- they; Jehovah liveth, if ye had kept them alive -- I had not slain you.'
Study Bible
Gideon Defeats Zebah and Zalmunna
18Next, Gideon asked Zebah and Zalmunna, “What kind of men did you kill at Tabor?” “Men like you,” they answered, “each one resembling the son of a king.” 19“They were my brothers,” Gideon replied, “the sons of my mother! As surely as the LORD lives, if you had let them live, I would not kill you.” 20So he said to Jether, his firstborn, “Get up and kill them.” But the young man did not draw his sword; he was fearful because he was still a youth.…
Cross References
Judges 8:18
Next, Gideon asked Zebah and Zalmunna, "What kind of men did you kill at Tabor?" "Men like you," they answered, "each one resembling the son of a king."

Judges 8:20
So he said to Jether, his firstborn, "Get up and kill them." But the young man did not draw his sword; he was fearful because he was still a youth.

Ruth 3:13
Stay here tonight, and in the morning, if he wants to redeem you, good. Let him redeem you. But if he does not want to redeem you, as surely as the LORD lives, I will. Now lie here until morning."

Treasury of Scripture

And he said, They were my brothers, even the sons of my mother: as the LORD lives, if you had saved them alive, I would not slay you.







Lexicon
“They
הֵ֑ם (hêm)
Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1992: They

were my brothers,”
אַחַ֥י (’a·ḥay)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 251: A brother, )

Gideon replied,
וַיֹּאמַ֕ר (way·yō·mar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“the sons
בְּנֵֽי־ (bə·nê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

of my mother!
אִמִּ֖י (’im·mî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 517: A mother, )

As surely as the LORD
יְהוָ֗ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

lives,
חַי־ (ḥay-)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

if
ל֚וּ (lū)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 3863: If, would that!

you had let them live,
הַחֲיִתֶ֣ם (ha·ḥă·yi·ṯem)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2421: To live, to revive

I would not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

kill
הָרַ֖גְתִּי (hā·raḡ·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2026: To smite with deadly intent

you.”
אֶתְכֶֽם׃ (’eṯ·ḵem)
Direct object marker | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case
(19) The sons of my mother.--Comp. Genesis 43:29.

As the Lord liveth.--Ruth 3:13; 1Samuel 14:41. (Comp. 'n. xii. 949.)

8:18-21 The kings of Midian must be reckoned with. As they confessed themselves guilty of murder, Gideon acted as the avenger of blood, being the next of kin to the persons slain. Little did they think to have heard of this so long after; but murder seldom goes unpunished in this life. Sins long forgotten by man, must be accounted for to God. What poor consolation in death from the hope of suffering less pain, and of dying with less disgrace than some others! yet many are more anxious on these accounts, than concerning the future judgment, and what will follow.
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