And the men of Ephraim said to him, Why have you served us thus, that you called us not, when you went to fight with the Midianites?…
In other words, the smallest experience of the joys of God's people — mere vintage-gleanings — is worth far more than the richest world-clusters.
(J. R. Macduff, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And the men of Ephraim said unto him, Why hast thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when thou wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they did chide with him sharply.