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And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family ° is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

6:15 I am the least. Gideon was the most insignificant member of a poor family in an undistinguished tribe, but God chose him anyway. Compare I Corinthians 1:26-31. At least Gideon was hard at work, doing what he could (Judges 6:11). He was also a man of courage (Judges 6:12, 27-30). Most importantly, he still believed in the true God, whereas the other men of the city–even his own father–had been worshipping at the altar of Baal (Judges 6:25-30).

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