Gideon said to them, “I would like to make a request of you, that each of you would give me the earrings from his plunder.” For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites. So they answered, “We will gladly give them.” And they spread out a garment, and each man threw into it the earrings from his plunder. . . . Gideon made it into an ephod and set it up in his city, Ophrah. And all Israel played the harlot with it there. It became a snare to Gideon and to his house.
Do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them. § Lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me. § Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. § Love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me.
Gal. 5:26; Judg. 8:24–25, 27; Jer. 45:5; 2 Cor. 12:7; Phil. 2:3; 1 Cor. 13:4–5; Matt. 11:29
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