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34 And Gideon was clothed with the spirit of the Lord,[a](A) and he blew the horn summoning Abiezer to follow him.

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Footnotes

  1. 6:34 Clothed with the spirit of the Lord: narratives about the selection of leaders in early Israel typically attribute their prowess to “the spirit of the Lord,” not to their own qualities (cf. v. 15). The Lord’s spirit “comes upon” them (3:10; 11:29; 13:25) or “rushes upon” them (14:6, 19; 15:14; 1 Sm 11:6), and they are transformed into effective leaders. Here, Gideon is “clothed” with the Lord’s spirit; cf. the clothing or vesture imagery in Is 59:17; 61:10; Ez 16:10–14; Jb 29:14.

Jephthah’s Vow. 29 The spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah.(A) He passed through Gilead and Manasseh, and through Mizpah of Gilead as well, and from Mizpah of Gilead he crossed over against the Ammonites.

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25 The spirit of the Lord came upon him for the first time(A) in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

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(A)But the spirit of the Lord rushed upon Samson, and he tore the lion apart barehanded,(B) as one tears a young goat. Without telling his father or mother what he had done,

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19 (A)The spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, where he killed thirty of their men and stripped them; he gave their garments to those who had answered the riddle. Then he went off to his own family in anger,

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14 When he reached Lehi, and the Philistines came shouting to meet him,(A) the spirit of the Lord rushed upon him: the ropes around his arms became like flax that is consumed by fire, and his bonds melted away from his hands.

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As he listened to this report, the spirit of God rushed upon him and he became very angry.(A)

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