25 And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the earrings of his prey.
25 They answered, "We'll be glad to give them." So they spread out a garment, and each of them threw a ring from his plunder onto it.
25 And they answered, "We will willingly give them." And they spread a cloak, and every man threw in it the earrings of his spoil.
25 They said, "Of course. They're yours!"
25 So they answered, "We will gladly give them." And they spread out a garment, and each man threw into it the earrings from his plunder.
25 "Gladly!" they replied. They spread out a cloak, and each one threw in a gold earring he had gathered from the plunder.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Judges 8:25
Commentary on Judges 8:22-28
(Read Judges 8:22-28)
Gideon refused the government the people offered him. No good man can be pleased with any honour done to himself, which belongs only to God. Gideon thought to keep up the remembrance of this victory by an ephod, made of the choicest of the spoils. But probably this ephod had, as usual, a teraphim annexed to it, and Gideon intended this for an oracle to be consulted. Many are led into false ways by one false step of a good man. It became a snare to Gideon himself, and it proved the ruin of the family. How soon will ornaments which feed the lust of the eye, and form the pride of life, as well as tend to the indulgences of the flesh, bring shame on those who are fond of them!