Judges 7


7:1 Then Jerubbaal (who [is] Gideon) and all the people that
 [were] with him, rose early, and encamped beside the well of
 Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north
 side of them by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.
7:2 And the LORD said to Gideon, The people that [are] with thee
 [are] too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands,
 lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, My own hand
 hath saved me.
7:3 Now therefore, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying,
 Whoever [is] fearful and afraid, let him return and depart
 early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people
 twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.
7:4 And the LORD said to Gideon, The people [are] yet [too]
 many; bring them down to the water, and I will try them for
 thee there; and it shall be, [that] of whom I say to thee, This
 shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of
 whomsoever I say to thee, This shall not go with thee, the same
 shall not go.
7:5 So he brought down the people to the water: and the LORD
 said to Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his
 tongue as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself;
 likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.
7:6 And the number of them that lapped, [putting] their hand to
 their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the
 people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.
7:7 And the LORD said to Gideon, By the three hundred men that
 lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thy
 hand: and let all the [other] people go every man to his place.
7:8 So the people took victuals in their hand, and their
 trumpets: and he sent of all [the rest of] Israel every man to
 his tent, and retained those three hundred men. And the host of
 Midian was beneath him in the valley.
7:9 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said to
 him, Arise, go down to the host; for I have delivered it into
 thy hand.
7:10 But if thou fearest to go down, go thou with Phurah thy
 servant down to the host:
7:11 And thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thy
 hands be strengthened to go down to the host. Then went he down
 with Phurah his servant to the outside of the armed men that
 [were] in the host.
7:12 And the Midianites, and the Amalekites, and all the
 children of the east, lay along in the valley like grasshoppers
 for multitude; and their camels [were] without number, as the
 sand by the sea side for multitude.
7:13 And when Gideon had come, behold, [there was] a man that
 told a dream to his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a
 dream, and lo, a cake of barley-bread rolled into the host of
 Midian, and came to a tent, and smote it that it fell, and
 overturned it that the tent lay along.
7:14 And his fellow answered, and said, This [is] nothing else
 save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel:
 [for] into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the
 host.
7:15 And it was [so], when Gideon heard the telling of the
 dream, and its interpretation, that he worshiped, and returned
 to the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the LORD hath
 delivered into your hand the host of Midian.
7:16 And he divided the three hundred men [into] three
 companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty
 pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.
7:17 And he said to them, Look on me, and do likewise: and
 behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be
 [that] as I do, so shall ye do.
7:18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that [are] with me,
 then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp,
 and say, [The sword] of the LORD, and of Gideon.
7:19 So Gideon, and the hundred men that [were] with him, came
 to the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle
 watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the
 trumpets, and broke the pitchers that [were] in their hands.
7:20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and broke the
 pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the
 trumpets in their right hands to blow [with]: and they cried,
 The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.
7:21 And they stood every man in his place around the camp; and
 all the host ran, and cried, and fled.
7:22 And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set
 every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the
 host: and the host fled to Beth-shittah in Zereroth, [and] to
 the border of Abel-meholah, to Tabbath.
7:23 And the men of Israel assembled out of Naphtali, and out of
 Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and pursued the Midianites.
7:24 And Gideon sent messengers throughout all mount Ephraim,
 saying, Come down against the Midianites, and take before them
 the waters to Beth-barah and Jordan. Then all the men of
 Ephraim assembled, and took the waters to Beth-barah and
 Jordan.
7:25 And they took two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb;
 and they slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at
 the wine-press of Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought the
 heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side of Jordan.
 
 

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