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The officials of Sukkoth said, “You have not yet overpowered Zebah and Zalmunna. So why should we give[a] bread to your army?”[b]

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 8:6 tn Or perhaps, “sell.”
  2. Judges 8:6 tn Heb “Are the palms of Zebah and Zalmunna now in your hand, that we should give to your army bread?” Perhaps the reference to the kings’ “palms” should be taken literally. The officials of Sukkoth may be alluding to the practice of mutilating prisoners or enemy corpses (see R. G. Boling, Judges [AB], 155).sn The officials of Sukkoth are hesitant to give (or sell) food to Gideon’s forces because they are not sure of the outcome of the battle. Perhaps they had made an alliance with the Midianites which demanded their loyalty.

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