The sixth chapter of Judges begins with the common opening statement declared at the start of each of these paragraphs. “The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord” (Judges 6:1). Because of their disobedience, the Lord again gives Israel over to oppression, this time to the nation of Midian. The oppression is so significant this time that the people of Israel make dens for themselves in the mountains, caves, and strongholds. They cannot live a normal life but must hide for their lives. Further, the text tells us that Midian is economically exploiting and destroying Israel.
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