The men of Ephraim said to him, “Why have you done this to us, not calling us when you went to fight against the Midianites?” And they argued with him violently.

So he said to them, “What have I done now compared to you? Is not the gleaning(A) of Ephraim better than the grape harvest(B) of Abiezer? God handed over to you Oreb and Zeeb, the two princes of Midian. What was I able to do compared to you?” When he said this, their anger against him subsided.

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15 A ruler can be persuaded through patience,
and a gentle tongue can break a bone.(A)

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If the ruler’s anger rises against you, don’t leave your post,(A)
for calmness puts great offenses to rest.(B)

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