SEV Biblia, Chapter 8:28 Así fue quebrantado Madián delante de los hijos de Israel, y nunca más levantaron su cabeza. Y reposó la tierra cuarenta años en los días de Gedeón.
Clarke's Bible Commentary - Judges 8:28 Verse 28. Forty years in the days of Gideon.] The Midianites were so completely humbled that they could make head no more against Israel during the forty years in which the government of Gideon lasted.
John Gill's Bible Commentary Ver. 28. Thus was Midian subdued before the children of Israel , etc.] By the hand of Gideon humbled and brought under, their power over Israel was broken, and they delivered out of their hands: so that they lifted up their heads no more ; in a proud and haughty manner to insult them, and in an hostile way to invade and oppress them; such a blow was given them that they could not recover themselves, nor do we read of any effort of theirs ever after, or of their giving or attempting to give any disturbance to Israel, or any other nation: and the country was in quietness forty years in the days of Gideon ; that is, the land of Canaan; it was free from wars with Midian, or any other people, and enjoyed undisturbed peace and tranquillity. According to Bishop Usher f186 , this was the fortieth year from the rest restored by Deborah and Barak; and, according to Abarbinel and others, these forty years are to be reckoned from the beginning of the servitude; that is, the seven years’ oppression under the Midianites are included in them; but I cannot see that in this instance, and in others before met with, years of bondage can be counted with years of peace and prosperity, and go under that general name. The true sense seems to be, that after the Israelites had been in subjection to the Midianites for seven years, and Gideon had delivered them, that from thenceforward they had rest and quietness forty years, which in all probability was the time Gideon lived after his victories.
Matthew Henry Commentary Verses 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, a usual, a teraphim annexed to it, and Gideon intended this for an oracl to be consulted. Many are led into false ways by one false step of good man. It became a snare to Gideon himself, and it proved the rui 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!
Original Hebrew ויכנע 3665 מדין 4080 לפני 6440 בני 1121 ישׂראל 3478 ולא 3808 יספו 3254 לשׂאת 5375 ראשׁם 7218 ותשׁקט 8252 הארץ 776 ארבעים 705 שׁנה 8141 בימי 3117 גדעון׃ 1439