Sunday, February 17, 2008

Gideon's too-large army


At Gd's instructions, Gideon has gathered an army to lead a Jewish revolt against Midian. However, Gideon's efforts are too successful, and so:

"Gd said to Gideon: Your army is too big for me to give Midian into their hands, lest the Jews glorify themselves over Me, saying, 'My own hand saved me.'"

(Judges 7:2)

Read the rest of the chapter to find out how Gideon pared down his forces; the JPS translation is available here.

Have a great day,

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