Gideon’s request became a problem

Judges Bible Background

04.02.2018 – Old Testament: Jdg 8.24–27

To read the Bible in a year, read Judges 8–9 on April 2, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Gideon did a wonderful thing for Israel by saving them from the Midianites. In gratitude, they wanted to make him the ruler of Israel, but he rejected the offer. However, he did make another request, which later became a problem,

Then Gideon said to them, “I would like to make a request of you, that each of you would give me the earrings from his plunder.” For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites. So they answered, “We will gladly give them.” And they spread out a garment, and each man threw into it the earrings from his plunder. Now the weight of the gold earrings that he requested was one thousand seven hundred shekels of gold, besides the crescent ornaments, pendants, and purple robes which were on the kings of Midian, and besides the chains that were around their camels’ necks. Then Gideon made it into an ephod and set it up in his city, Ophrah. And all Israel played the harlot with it there. It became a snare to Gideon and to his house.

– Judges 8.24–27

Gideon just wanted a memorial of the battle against Midian, but Israel, so prone to idolatry during those years, simply used it as an excuse to worship what Gideon had made. Had they not learned what got them into trouble with the Midianites, or actually with God?


  • Why are we slow to learn from our sins and mistakes?
  • When you suffer for doing wrong, do you keep repeating the wrong?
  • If so, why?

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