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comment How did Gideon win his battle against the Midianites?
Good answer, and reminds me what I know of war. In most battles, a handful of men (5%-15%) do the actual fighting. The remainder are there as "cannon fodder." In Gideon's case, God could pick "the best of the best" to fight the battle. They used "shock," rather than "contact" tactics so they wouldn't be overwhelmed and killed by superior numbers.
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asked How did Gideon win his battle against the Midianites?
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accepted Is there a converse of “judge not, lest you be judged?”
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comment Is there a converse of “judge not, lest you be judged?”
Why don't some of you commenters expand your comments into an answer?
Oct
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comment Is there a converse of “judge not, lest you be judged?”
@ElberichSchneider: The Bible preaches, "judge not, lest you be judged." But since God (through Paul), said, "all have sinned," are there some Christians that will say, "You may judge others, as long as you understand that you will be judged the same way (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.) Otherwise, must we refrain from judging e.g. Adolf Hitler, even though he's pretty egregious?
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asked Is there a converse of “judge not, lest you be judged?”
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accepted Were (at least some) Babylonians (at least somewhat) righteous?
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accepted Why was Jeremiah treated well by the Babylonians?
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comment Why was Jeremiah treated well by the Babylonians?
@PaulA.Clayton: Interesting point. But the fact that the Bablylonians had "respect for a prophet" may make them more righteous than the Israelis. I have explored this further in a followup question.
May
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comment Were (at least some) Babylonians (at least somewhat) righteous?
@Steve: Jonah prophesied, Nineveh repented, and God changed his original plan to destroy the city based on Nineveh's repentance. That spells "somewhat righteous" or "improved righteouness" to me. I'd certainly accept an argument that they were not fully righteous. But the real question was were they righteous to the point where they now represented an "upgrade" to the Israelis?
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asked Were (at least some) Babylonians (at least somewhat) righteous?
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comment Why was Jeremiah treated well by the Babylonians?
Not a bad answer. Upvoted. I plan to explore some of these issues further in a followup question.
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asked Why was Jeremiah treated well by the Babylonians?
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comment Why do we use words like “servants” to mean “slaves”?
I didn't know about the "before the 20th century" part so I found your question useful. Only a strong historian would know these things.