And he tore down the tower of Penuel and killed the men of the city. Bible see other translations

“tore down the tower of Penuel.” Tearing down the tower meant demolishing the last defense of the city and leaving the people of the city defenseless. To reach Penuel from Sukkoth, he had to go back to the east and uphill again. Gideon did not say he would kill the men of Penuel, but they likely put up a fight and were killed.

Commentary for: Judges 8:17