Proverbs 25:15; Judges 8:1-3

15  With epatience a ruler may be persuaded,

and a soft tongue will break a bone.


Gideon Defeats Zebah and Zalmunna

zThen the men of Ephraim said to him, What is this that you have done to us, not to call us when you went to fight against Midian? And they accused him fiercely. And he said to them, What have I done now in comparison with you? Is not athe gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the grape harvest of Abiezer? bGod has given into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb. What have I been able to do in comparison with you? cThen their anger1 against him subsided when he said this.