Judges 8:30
New International Version
He had seventy sons of his own, for he had many wives.

New Living Translation
He had seventy sons born to him, for he had many wives.

English Standard Version
Now Gideon had seventy sons, his own offspring, for he had many wives.

Berean Study Bible
Gideon had seventy sons of his own, since he had many wives.

King James Bible
And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives.

New King James Version
Gideon had seventy sons who were his own offspring, for he had many wives.

New American Standard Bible
Now Gideon had seventy sons who were his direct descendants, for he had many wives.

NASB 1995
Now Gideon had seventy sons who were his direct descendants, for he had many wives.

NASB 1977
Now Gideon had seventy sons who were his direct descendants, for he had many wives.

Amplified Bible
Now Gideon had seventy sons born to him, because he had many wives.

Christian Standard Bible
Gideon had seventy sons, his own offspring, since he had many wives.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Gideon had 70 sons, his own offspring, since he had many wives.

American Standard Version
And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten; for he had many wives.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Gedeon had seventy sons begotten of his body, for he had many wives.

Contemporary English Version
Gideon had many wives and 70 sons.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he had seventy sons, who came out of his thigh, for he had many wives.

English Revised Version
And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives.

Good News Translation
He had seventy sons, because he had many wives.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Gideon had 70 sons because he had many wives.

International Standard Version
Gideon raised 70 sons as his direct descendants, since he had many wives.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten; for he had many wives.

Literal Standard Version
and there have been seventy sons of Gideon, coming out of his loin, for he had many wives;

NET Bible
Gideon fathered seventy sons through his many wives.

New Heart English Bible
Gideon had seventy sons conceived from his body; for he had many wives.

World English Bible
Gideon had seventy sons conceived from his body; for he had many wives.

Young's Literal Translation
and to Gideon there have been seventy sons, coming out of his loin, for he had many wives;

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
Forty Years of Peace
29and he—Jerubbaal son of Joash—returned home and settled down. 30Gideon had seventy sons of his own, since he had many wives. 31His concubine, who dwelt in Shechem, also bore him a son, and he named him Abimelech.…

Cross References
Judges 8:31
His concubine, who dwelt in Shechem, also bore him a son, and he named him Abimelech.

Judges 9:2
"Please ask all the leaders of Shechem, 'Is it better for you that seventy men, all the sons of Jerubbaal, rule over you, or just one man?' Remember that I am your own flesh and blood."

Judges 9:5
He went to his father's house in Ophrah, and on one stone murdered his seventy brothers, the sons of Jerubbaal. But Jotham, the youngest son of Jerubbaal, survived, because he hid himself.

Judges 9:18
but you have risen up against my father's house this day and killed his seventy sons on a single stone, and you have made Abimelech, the son of his maidservant, king over the leaders of Shechem because he is your brother--


Treasury of Scripture

And Gideon had three score and ten sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives.

threescore

Judges 9:2,5
Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem, Whether is better for you, either that all the sons of Jerubbaal, which are threescore and ten persons, reign over you, or that one reign over you? remember also that I am your bone and your flesh…

Judges 10:4
And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty ass colts, and they had thirty cities, which are called Havothjair unto this day, which are in the land of Gilead.

Judges 12:9,14
And he had thirty sons, and thirty daughters, whom he sent abroad, and took in thirty daughters from abroad for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years…

of his body begotten.

Genesis 2:24
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Genesis 7:7
And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

Deuteronomy 17:17
Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.









(30) Threescore and ten sons.--According to Oriental fashion, no account is taken of his daughters.

He had many wives.--It is clear that Gideon was a king in all but name. This is the most magnificent, but the least honourable, period of his career. In Deuteronomy 17:17 it had been said of the future king, "Neither shall he multiply wives to himself. . . . neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold." Polygamy was only adopted on a large scale by rulers (Judges 10:4; Judges 12:9).

Verses 30-32. - Gideon had threescore and ten sons, etc. This notice helps us to fill up the picture of Gideon's state after the Midianitish victory, lie had indeed nobly refused the kingdom, as a Pericles would have refused to be tyrant of Athena But he did not return to poverty and obscurity, as L. Q. Cincinnatus, in the Roman legend, returned to his plough after his victory over the Volsciana He was judge over Israel for forty years, with a household and a harem like a great prince, living in his paternal city, with the ephod set up there, himself the centre round which the powers of Church and State gathered; directing the affairs of his country, both civil and ecclesiastical, with eminent success, so that the country was at peace for forty years (a peace as long as that which followed the battle of Water-leo], and the detestable Baal-worship was effectually suppressed. And having lived in wealth and honour, he died in peace, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father at Ophrah in a good old age. He remains to us as one of the most remarkable characters of the Old Testament, not indeed without faults and blemishes, and not wholly unspoiled by prosperity, but still a great man, and an eminent servant of God.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
Gideon
וּלְגִדְע֗וֹן (ū·lə·ḡiḏ·‘ō·wn)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1439: Gideon -- a judge of Israel

had
הָיוּ֙ (hā·yū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

seventy
שִׁבְעִ֣ים (šiḇ·‘îm)
Number - common plural
Strong's Hebrew 7657: Seventy (a cardinal number)

sons
בָּנִ֔ים (bā·nîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

of his own,
יֹצְאֵ֖י (yō·ṣə·’ê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

since
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

he had
הָ֥יוּ (hā·yū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

many
רַבּ֖וֹת (rab·bō·wṯ)
Adjective - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7227: Much, many, great

wives.
נָשִׁ֥ים (nā·šîm)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 802: Woman, wife, female


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