“Gideon is well aware that his victories are really God’s; therefore he refuses to allow the people to make him their king. Even when he makes a golden ephod, which some of the people later use in an idolatrous manner, Gideon does so to honor the true God of Israel.
One of Gideon’s sons, Abimelek, does not have the same strength of character as his father, and actively seeks to be a king. In the process, Abimelek kills his many brothers. Abimelek is but a sorry example of a son who refuses to follow in the steps of a righteous father.”
Read: Judges 8:4-35 and chapter 9
All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.