"You answered me, 'We have sinned against the LORD. We will go up and fight just as the LORD our God commanded us.' Then each of you put on his weapons of war and thought it would be easy to go up into the hill country.
"But the LORD said to me, 'Tell them: Don't go up and fight, for I am not with you to keep you from being defeated by your enemies.'
So I spoke to you, but you didn't listen. You rebelled against the LORD's command and defiantly went up into the hill country.
Then the Amorites who lived there came out against you and chased you like a swarm of bees. They routed you from Seir as far as Hormah.
But the descendants of Joseph said, "The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who inhabit the valley area have iron chariots, both at Beth-shean with its towns and in the Jezreel Valley."
So Joshua replied to Joseph's family (that is, Ephraim and Manasseh), "You have many people and great strength. You will not have just one lot,
because the hill country will be yours also. It is a forest; clear it and its outlying areas will be yours. You can also drive out the Canaanites, even though they have iron chariots and are strong."
So the Philistines fought, and Israel was defeated, and each man fled to his tent. The slaughter was severe-- 30,000 of the Israelite foot soldiers fell.
The Philistines fought against Israel, and Israel's men fled from them. Many were killed on Mount Gilboa.
Gaal son of Ebed said, "Who is Abimelech and who is Shechem that we should serve him? Isn't he the son of Jerubbaal, and isn't Zebul his officer? You are to serve the men of Hamor, the father of Shechem. Why should we serve Abimelech?
Zebul replied, "Where is your mouthing off now? You said, 'Who is Abimelech that we should serve him?' Aren't these the people you despised? Now go and fight them!"
So Gaal went out leading the lords of Shechem and fought against Abimelech,
but Abimelech pursued him, and Gaal fled before him. Many wounded died as far as the entrance of the gate.
"Lord," he told Him, "I'm ready to go with You both to prison and to death!"