13 And Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle before the sun was up,
13 Gideon son of Joash then returned from the battle by the Pass of Heres.
13 Then Gideon the son of Joash returned from the battle by the ascent of Heres.
13 Gideon son of Joash returned from the battle by way of the Heres Pass.
13 Then Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle, from the Ascent of Heres.
13 After this, Gideon returned from the battle by way of Heres Pass.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Judges 8:13
Commentary on Judges 8:13-17
(Read Judges 8:13-17)
The active servants of the Lord meet with more dangerous opposition from false professors than from open enemies; but they must not care for the behaviour of those who are Israelites in name, but Midianites in heart. They must pursue the enemies of their souls, and of the cause of God, though they are ready to faint through inward conflicts and outward hardships. And they shall be enabled to persevere. The less men help, and the more they seek to hinder, the more will the Lord assist. Gideon's warning being slighted, the punishment was just. Many are taught with the briers and thorns of affliction, who would not learn otherwise.