The LORD Chooses Three Hundred Men1And Jerubbaal rose early (he is Gideon), and all the people with him. And they camped upon the spring of Harod. And the camp of Midian was to him from the north of the hill Moreh, in the valley. 2And the lord said to Gideon, [5are many 1The 2people 3with 4you] so as [2to not 3deliver up 1for me] Midian into their hand, lest at any time Israel should boast instead of me, saying, My hand delivered me. 3And the lord said to him, Speak indeed into the ears of the people! saying, Any one fearing and timid return! And they sallied out from mount Gilead. And returned of the people twenty and two thousand, and ten thousand were left behind. 4And the lord said to Gideon, Still the people are many, lead them down to the water! and I will try them for you there. And it will be whom ever I should tell to you, This one shall go with you -- he shall go with you. And all whom ever I should say that, He shall not go with you, then he shall not go with you. 5And [3went down 1the 2people] to the water. And the lord said to Gideon, All who ever laps with his tongue of the water as if [3should lap 1the 2dog], you shall stand him alone. And all who ever bends upon his knees to drink, you shall remove him by himself. 6And was the number of the ones lapping with their tongue three hundred men. And all the remaining people bent upon their knees to drink water. 7And the lord said to Gideon, By the three hundred men lapping I shall deliver you, and I will put Midian into your hand. And all the people ran, each man to his place. 8And they took the provision of the people in their hand, and their horns. And every man of Israel he sent out to his tent, and the three hundred men he kept. And the camp of Midian was underneath him in the valley. 9And it came to pass in that night, that [2said 3to 4him 1the lord], Rise up, go down into the camp! for I delivered it into your hand. 10And if you should fear [2by yourself 1to go down], [5go down 1then you 2and 3Phurah 4your servant] into the camp. 11And you should hearken to what they speak, and after these things [2shall grow in strength 1your hands], and you shall go down in the camp. And he went down, he and Phurah his servant, into a portion of the fifty companies of the ones in the camp. 12And Midian and Amalek and all the sons of the east were encamped in the valley as locust in multitude; and [3to 4their camels 1there was no 2number], but they were as if the sand upon the edge of the sea in multitude. 13And Gideon came, and behold, a man was describing to his neighbor a dream. And he said, Behold, I dreamed a dream. And behold, a loaf of bread of barley was rolling in the camp of Midian, and it came unto the tent of Midian, and it struck it, and it overturned it, and [3fell 1the 2tent]. 14And [2answered 1his neighbor] and said, [2not 1This is] other than the broadsword of Gideon son of Joash, a man of Israel. God delivered up [2into 3his hand 1Midian], and all the camp. 15And it came to pass as Gideon heard the description of the dream, and its interpretation, that he did obeisance to the lord, and he returned into the camp of Israel. And he said, Rise up! for the lord delivered up into your hands the camp of Midian. 16And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put horns into the hand of all, and [2water-pitchers 1empty], and lamps in the middle of the water-pitchers. 17And he said to them, Of me you shall see, and thus shall you do. And behold, I will enter into the midst of the camp, and it will be as whenever I shall act, so shall you act. 18When I shall trump with the horn, I and all with me, then you shall trump with the horns round about the entire camp, and you shall say, For the lord and for Gideon. 19And Gideon entered, and the hundred men, the ones with him, into the rank of the camp command of the guard of the middle watch; furthermore rising they roused the ones guarding. And they trumped the horns, and shook off the water-pitchers, the ones in their hands. 20And [4trumped 1the 2three 3companies] with the horns, and they broke the water-pitchers, and took [3in 5hand 4their left 1the 2lamps], and in [2hand 1their right] was the horns to trump. And they shouted aloud, A broadsword for the lord and for Gideon. 21And they stood, each man by himself, round about the camp; and they ran around all the camp, and they signified by an alarm -- and they fled. 22And they trumped the three hundred horns. And the lord placed [2sword 1every man's] against his neighbor, even in the whole camp. And [3fled 1the 2camp] unto Beth-shittah Zererath, unto the edge of Abel-meholah by Tabbath. 23And [3called for aid 1the man 2of Israel] of Naphtali, and of Asher, and of all Manasseh; and they pursued after Midian. 24And [3messengers 2sent out 1Gideon] to every mountain of Ephraim, saying, Go down to meet Midian, and overtake for yourselves the water unto Beth-barah and the Jordan! And [4yelled out 1every 2man 3of Ephraim] and were first to take the water unto Beth-barah and the Jordan. 25And they seized the two rulers of Midian -- Oreb and Zeeb; and they killed Oreb in Sur, and Zeeb they killed in Jakeb Zeeb. And they pursued Midian. And the head of Oreb, and of Zeeb they brought to Gideon from the other side of the Jordan.
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