Judges 8:3 MEANING

Judges 8:3
(3) Then their anger was abated towards him.--The soft answer turned away wrath (Proverbs 15:1). The word for anger is mach, "wind," or "spirit"--anger expressed by fierce breathing through the nostrils, "the blast of the terrible ones" (Isaiah 25:4). (Comp. Ecclesiastes 10:4 : "If the spirit (ruach) of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.") "Gideon's good words were as victorious as his sword."--Bp. Hall.

8:1-3 Those who will not attempt or venture any thing in the cause of God, will be the most ready to censure and quarrel with such as are of a more zealous and enterprising spirit. And those who are the most backward to difficult services, will be the most angry not to have the credit of them. Gideon stands here as a great example of self-denial; and shows us that envy is best removed by humility. The Ephraimites had given vent to their passion in very wrong freedom of speech, a certain sign of a weak cause: reason runs low when chiding flies high.God hath delivered into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb,.... A high honour this conferred upon you, and with which you may be well contented:

and what was I able to do in comparison of you? what he had done in defeating and pursuing the army of Midian, in slaying and taking any of them prisoners, was nothing in comparison of what they had done; nay, he signifies that he was not capable of doing anything worth mentioning without them; the glory of finishing this conquest was reserved for them:

then their anger was abated towards him when he had said that; it being what gratified their pride and was pleasing to them; and this conduct of Gideon showed him to be a wise and humble man.

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