Judges 7

Gideon’s 300 Chosen Men

Then a Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him, rose early and camped beside
Or En-Harod
the spring of Harod; and the camp of Midian was on the north side of
Lit him
them by the hill of d Moreh in the valley.

The  Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midian into their hands, e for Israel
Lit glorify itself against me
would become boastful, saying, ‘My own
Lit hand
power has delivered me.’
Now therefore
Or please
come, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘ i Whoever is afraid and trembling, let him return and depart from Mount Gilead.’” So 22,000 people returned, but 10,000 remained.

j Then the  Lord said to Gideon, “The people are still too many; bring them down to the water and I will test them for you there. Therefore it shall be that he of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go with you; but everyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.” So he brought the people down to the water. And the  Lord said to Gideon, “You shall separate everyone who laps the water with his tongue as a dog laps, as well as everyone who kneels to drink.” Now the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was 300 men; but all the rest of the people kneeled to drink water. The  Lord said to Gideon, “I will deliver you k with the 300 men who lapped and will give the Midianites into your hands; so let all the other people go, each man to his
Lit place
home.”
So
Lit they
the 300 men took the people’s provisions and their trumpets into their hands. And
Lit he
Gideon sent all the other men of Israel, each to his tent, but retained the 300 men; and the camp of Midian was below him in the valley.

Now the same night it came about that the  Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp o for I have given it into your hands. 10 But if you are afraid to go down, go with Purah your servant down to the camp, 11 and you will hear what they say; and p afterward your hands will be strengthened that you may go down against the camp.” So he went with Purah his servant down to the
Lit extremity of the battle array
outposts of the army that was in the camp.
12 Now the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the sons of the east were lying in the valley r as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number s as numerous as the sand on the seashore. 13 When Gideon came, behold, a man was relating a dream to his friend. And he said, “Behold, I
Lit dreamed
had a dream;
Lit and behold, a loaf
a loaf of barley bread was tumbling into the camp of Midian, and it came to the tent and struck it so that it fell, and turned it
Lit upwards
upside down so that the tent lay flat.”
14 His friend replied, “This is nothing less than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; God has given Midian and all the camp w into his hand.”

15 When Gideon heard the account of the dream and its interpretation, he bowed in worship. He returned to the camp of Israel and said, “Arise, for the  Lord has given the camp of Midian into your hands.” 16 He divided the 300 men into three
Lit heads
companies, and he put trumpets and empty pitchers into the hands of all of them, with torches inside the pitchers.
17 He said to them, “Look at me and do likewise. And behold, when I come to the outskirts of the camp
Lit it shall come about that just as I do, so you shall do
do as I do.
18 When I and all who are with me blow the trumpet, then you also blow the trumpets all around the camp and say, ‘For the  Lord and for Gideon.’”

Confusion of the Enemy

19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when they had just posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and smashed the pitchers that were in their hands. 20 When the three
Lit heads
companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers, they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing, and cried, “A sword for the  Lord and for Gideon!”
21 Each stood in his place around the camp; and aa all the
Or camp
army ran, crying out as they fled.
22 When they blew 300 trumpets, the ac  Lord set the sword of one against another even throughout the whole
Or camp
army; and the
Or camp
army fled as far as Beth-shittah toward Zererah, as far as the edge of af Abel-meholah, by Tabbath.
23 The men of Israel were summoned from ag Naphtali and Asher and all Manasseh, and they pursued Midian.

24 Gideon sent messengers throughout all the hill country of Ephraim, saying, “Come down
Lit to meet
against Midian and ai take the waters before them, as far as Beth-barah and the Jordan.” So all the men of Ephraim were summoned and they took the waters as far as Beth-barah and the Jordan.
25 They captured the two leaders of Midian aj Oreb and Zeeb, and they killed Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and they killed Zeeb at the wine press of Zeeb, while they pursued Midian; and they brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon ak from across the Jordan.
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