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And the men of Ephraim said unto him, Why hast thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when thou wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they did chide with him sharply.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

8:1 men of Ephraim. The Ephraimites–possibly because Joshua had been from their tribe–were accustomed to being leaders in Israel’s battles, and apparently resented not having been called earlier to the battle. Gideon defused the situation by especially commending them for what they had done.

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