SEV Biblia, Chapter 8:6 Y los principales de Sucot respondieron: Â¿Está ya la mano de Zeba y Zalmuna en tu mano, para que hayamos nosotros de dar pan a tu ejército?
Clarke's Bible Commentary - Judges 8:6 Verse 6. Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand] They feared to help Gideon, lest, if he should be overpowered, the Midianites would revenge it upon them; and they dared not trust God.
John Gill's Bible Commentary Ver. 6. And the princes of Succoth said , etc.] The chief magistrates of the place made answer, one in the name of the rest; for the word said is in the singular number: are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hands ; that is, are they taken prisoners, and handcuffed, or their hands bound behind them, and put into the hands of Gideon, to do with them as he pleased? no, they were not; and they suggest they never would, deriding him and his small number of men as not a match for these kings, whom, perhaps a little before, they had seen pass by with 15,000 men; with whom his little army would not be able to encounter, should they turn and fall upon them, which they supposed would be the case; and therefore, say they, when these are in thine hands, which they thought would never be, it will be time enough that we should give bread to thine army ? for they feared, should they do that, these kings would hear of it, and they should suffer for it, and their bondage be harder than it was before; so selfish and diffident in themselves, so cruel and uncompassionate to their brethren, and so ungrateful to their deliverers, which stirred up the spirit of this humble and good man to great resentment.
Matthew Henry Commentary Verses 4-12 - Gideon's men were faint, yet pursuing; fatigued with what they ha done, yet eager to do more against their enemies. It is many a time the true Christian's case, fainting, and yet pursuing. The world knows but little of the persevering and successful struggle the real believe maintains with his sinful heart. But he betakes himself to that Divin strength, in the faith of which he began his conflict, and by the supply of which alone he can finish it in triumph.
Original Hebrew ויאמר 559 שׂרי 8269 סכות 5523 הכף 3709 זבח 2078 וצלמנע 6759 עתה 6258 בידך 3027 כי 3588 נתן 5414 לצבאך 6635 לחם׃ 3899