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 Verses 6:11-15
- Gideon. The name Gideon means "hacker." The root verb is used elsewhere to describe the hacking down idolatrous images or shrines (cf. Deut 7:5; 12:3; 2 Chr 14:3; 31:1). In this sense, the name likely foreshadows either hacking down of the altar of Baal in Judg 6:25-32. It could also refer to the hacking down of Israel's enemies depicted in Judg 7.
 Verse 6:21
- Rock. See Judg 13:19.
 Verse 6:32
- Jerubbaal. Literally, "let Baal strive," basically meaning "Baal's antagonist" (see last sentence here).
 Verse 6:36: God's patience with Gideon
- God's patience. Earlier, Gideon was slow to recognize God and asked for a sign (cf. verse 17). Here again, Gideon is asking for another sign from God, trying God's patience (cf. verse 18).
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