Gideon’s 300 Chosen Men
1 Then aJerubbaal° (that is, Gideon°) and all° the people° who° were with him, rose° early° and camped° beside° Ithe spring° of Harod°; and the camp° of Midian° was on the north° side° of IIthem by the hill° of bMoreh° in the valley°.
2 ¶ The LORD° said° to Gideon°, “The people° who° are with you are too° many° for Me to give° Midian° into their hands°, afor Israel° Iwould become° boastful°, saying°, ‘My own IIpower° has delivered° me.’ 3 Now° therefore Icome°, proclaim° in the hearing° of the people°, saying°, ‘aWhoever° is afraid° and trembling°, let him return° and depart° from Mount° Gilead°.’” So 22,000°°° people° returned°, but 10,000°° remained°.
4 ¶ aThen 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°.” 5 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°.” 6 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°. 7 The LORD° said° to Gideon°, “I will deliver° you awith the 300°° men° who lapped° and will give° the Midianites° into your hands°; so let all° the [other] people° go°, each° man° to his Ihome°.” 8 So Ithe 300 men took° the people’s° provisions° and their trumpets° into their hands°. And IIGideon 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°.
9 ¶ Now the same° night° it came° about that the LORD° said° to him, “Arise°, go° down° against the camp°, afor 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 aafterward° your hands° will be strengthened° that you may go° down° against the camp°.” So he went° with Purah° his servant° down° to the Ioutposts° 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° aas numerous° as locusts°; and their camels° were without° number°, bas 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 Ihad° a dream°; IIa 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 IIIupside° 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° ainto his hand°.”
 aJsh 2:24; 10:8; 11:6
 ILit extremity of the battle array aJg 7:15; 1S 14:9, 10
 aJg 6:5; 8:10 bJsh 11:4
 ILit dreamed IILit and behold, a loaf IIILit upwards
 aJsh 2:9
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° Icompanies°, 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°, Ido° 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° Icompanies° 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 aall° the Iarmy° ran°, crying° out as they fled°. 22 When they blew° 300°° trumpets°, the aLORD° set° the sword° of one° against another° even throughout° the whole° Iarmy°; and the Iarmy° fled° as far° as Beth-shittah° toward Zererah°, as far° as the edge° of bAbel-meholah°, by Tabbath°. 23 The men° of Israel° were summoned° from aNaphtali° and Asher° and all° Manasseh°, and they pursued° Midian°.
24 ¶ Gideon° sent° messengers° throughout° all° the hill° country° of Ephraim°, saying°, “Come° down° Iagainst° Midian° and atake° 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°, aOreb° 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° bfrom across° the Jordan°.
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Gideon's army of two and thirty thousand is brought to three hundred.
1 ¶ Then Jerubbaal,º who² [is] Gideon,º and all² the peopleº that² [were] with² him, rose up early,ºª and pitchedºª beside² the well² of Harod:º so that the hostº of the Midianitesº were² on the north sideº² of them, by the hillº² of Moreh,º in the valley.º 2 And the LORDº saidºª unto² Gideon,º The peopleº that² [are] with² thee [are] too manyº for me to giveºª² the Midianitesº into their hands,º lest² Israelº vaunt¹ª themselves² against² me, saying,ºª Mine own handº hath savedºª me. 3 Now² therefore go to,º proclaimºª in the earsº of the people,º saying,ºª Whosoever² [is] fearfulº and afraid,º let him returnºª and depart earlyºª from mountº² Gilead.º And there returnedºª of² the peopleº twentyº and twoº thousand;º and there remainedºª tenº thousand.º 4 And the LORDº saidºª unto² Gideon,º The peopleº [are] yet² [too] many;º bring them downºª² unto² the water,º and I will tryºª them for thee there:² and it shall be,² [that] of whom² I sayºª unto² thee, This² shall go¹ª² with² thee, the same² shall go¹ª² with² thee; and of whomsoever²² I sayºª unto² thee, This² shall not² go¹ª² with² thee, the same² shall not² go.¹ª² 5 So he brought downºª² the peopleº unto² the water:º and the LORDº saidºª unto² Gideon,º Every one² that² lappethºª of² the waterº with his tongue,º as² a dogº lappeth,ºª him shalt thou setºª by himself;² likewise every one² that² boweth downºª upon² his kneesº to drink.ºª 6 And the numberº of them that lapped,ºª [putting] their handº to² their mouth,º were² threeº hundredº men:º but all² the restº of the peopleº bowed downºª upon² their kneesº to drinkºª water.º 7 And the LORDº saidºª unto² Gideon,º By the threeº hundredº menº that lappedºª will I saveºª you, and deliverºª² the Midianitesº into thine hand:º and let all² the [other] peopleº go¹ª² every manº unto his place.º 8 So the peopleº tookºª² victualsº in their hand,º and their trumpets:º and he sentºª all¹² [the rest of] Israelº every manº unto his tent,º and retainedºª those threeº hundredº men:º and the hostº of Midianº was² beneath²² him in the valley.º
 Gn 12:6; 22:3; Jsh 3:1; 6:12; Jg 6:32; Ec 9:10.
 Dt 8:17; 32:27; 1S 14:6; 2Ch 14:11; Is 2:11, 17; 10:13; Jr 9:23; Ezk 28:2, 17; Dn 4:30; Hab 1:16; Zc 4:6; 12:7; Ro 3:27; 11:18; 1Co 1:27, 29; 2:4; 2Co 4:7; 10:4; Ep 2:9; Jm 4:6.
 Dt 20:8; Mt 13:21; 20:16; Lk 14:25; Rv 17:14; 21:8.
 Gn 22:1; 1S 16:7; Jb 23:10; Ps 7:9; 33:16; 66:10; Jr 6:27; Mal 3:2.
 Jg 7:5.
 Jg 7:18; 1S 14:6; Is 41:14.
 Lv 23:24; 25:9; Nu 10:9; Jsh 6:4, 20; Jg 3:27; 6:33; Is 27:13; 1Co 15:52.
He is encouraged by the dream and interpretation of the barley cake.
9 ¶ And it came to pass² the same² night,º that the LORDº saidºª unto² him, Arise,ºª get thee downºª unto the host;º for² I have deliveredºª it into thine hand.º 10 But if² thou² fear¹² to go down,ºª goºª thou² with Phurahº thy servantº downºª to² the host:º 11 And thou shalt hearºª what² they say;ºª and afterwardº shall thine handsº be strengthenedºª to go downºª unto the host.º Then went he downºª with Phurahº his servantº unto² the outsideº of the armed menº that² [were] in the host.º 12 And the Midianitesº and the Amalekites¹² and all² the childrenº of the eastº layºª along in the valleyº like grasshoppersº for multitude;º and their camelsº [were] without² number,º as the sandº by²² the seaº sideº for multitude.º 13 And when Gideonº was come,ºª behold,² [there was] a manº that toldºª a dreamº unto his fellow,º and said,ºª Behold,² I dreamedºª a dream,º and, lo,² a cakeºª of barleyº breadº tumbledºª into the hostº of Midian,º and cameºª unto² a tent,º and smoteºª it that it fell,ºª and overturnedººª it, that the tentº lay along.ºª 14 And his fellowº answeredºª and said,ºª This² [is] nothing else² save²² the swordº of Gideonº the sonº of Joash,º a manº of Israel:º [for] into his handº hath Godº deliveredºª² Midian,º and all² the host.º
 Gn 46:2; Jsh 1:5; Jg 3:10, 28; 4:14; 2Ch 16:8; 20:17; Jb 4:13; 33:15; Is 41:10; 43:1; Mt 1:20; 2:13; Ac 18:9; 27:23.
 Ex 4:10; Jg 4:8.
 Gn 24:14; Ex 13:18; Jg 7:13; 1S 14:8, 12; 23:16; Ezr 6:22; Ne 6:9; Is 35:3; 2Co 12:9; Ep 3:16; 6:10; Php 4:13.
 Jg 6:3, 5, 33; 8:10; 1K 4:30; 2Ch 14:9; Ps 3:1; 33:16; 118:10; Is 8:9.
 Jg 3:15, 31; 4:9, 21; 6:15; Is 41:14; 1Co 1:27.
 Ex 15:14; Nu 22:38; 23:5, 20; 24:10; Jsh 2:9, 24; 5:1; 2K 7:6; Jb 1:10.
15 ¶ And it was² [so], when Gideonº heardºª² the tellingº of the dream,º and the interpretationº thereof, that he worshipped,ºª and returnedºª into² the hostº of Israel,º and said,ºª Arise;ºª for² the LORDº hath deliveredºª into your handº² the hostº of Midian.º
His stratagem of trumpets and lamps in pitchers.
16 And he dividedºª² the threeº hundredº menº [into] threeº companies,º and he putºª a trumpetº in every man's² hand,º with emptyº pitchers,º and lampsº withinº the pitchers.º 17 And he saidºª unto² them, Lookºª on² me, and doºª likewise:² and, behold,² when I² comeºª to the outsideº of the camp,º it shall be² [that], as² I do,ºª so² shall ye do.ºª 18 When I blowºª with a trumpet,º I² and all² that² [are] with² me, then blowºª ye² the trumpetsº also² on every sideº of all² the camp,º and say,ºª [The sword] of the LORD,º and of Gideon.º
19 ¶ So Gideon,º and the hundredº menº that² [were] with² him, cameºª unto the outsideº of the campº in the beginningº of the middleº watch;º and they had butº newly¹ª setºª² the watch:ºª and they blewºª the trumpets,º and brakeºª the pitchersº that² [were] in their hands.º 20 And the threeº companiesº blewºª the trumpets,º and brakeºª the pitchers,º and heldºª the lampsº in their leftº hands,º and the trumpetsº in their rightº handsº to blowºª [withal]: and they cried,ºª The swordº of the LORD,º and of Gideon.º 21 And they stoodºª every manº in his place² round aboutº the camp:º and all² the hostº ran,ºª and cried,ºª and fled.ºªªª 22 And the threeº hundredº blewºª the trumpets,º and the LORDº setºª² every man'sº swordº against his fellow,º even throughout all² the host:º and the hostº fledºª to² Bethshittahº in Zererath,º [and] to² the borderº of Abelmeholah,º unto² Tabbath.º 23 And the menº of Israelº gathered themselves togetherºª out of Naphtali,º² and out of² Asher,º and out of² all² Manasseh,º and pursuedºª afterº the Midianites.º
 Ex 14:24; Jg 7:8, 16; Ps 2:9; Jr 13:13; 19:1; Mt 25:6; 1Th 5:2; Rv 16:15.
 Nu 10:1; Jsh 6:4, 16, 20; Is 27:13; 1Co 15:52; 2Co 4:7; 1Th 4:16; He 11:4; 2P 1:15.
 Ex 14:13, 25; 2K 7:6; 2Ch 20:17; Jb 15:21; Pv 28:1; Is 30:7, 15.
 Jsh 6:4, 16, 20; 1S 14:16; 1K 4:12; 19:16; 2Ch 20:23; Ps 83:9; Is 9:4; 19:2; 2Co 4:7.
 Jg 6:35; 1S 14:21.
The Ephraimites take Oreb and Zeeb.
24 ¶ And Gideonº sentºª messengersº throughout all² mountº Ephraim,º saying,ºª Come downºª againstºª the Midianites,º and takeºª before them² the watersº unto² Bethbarahº and Jordan.º Then all² the menº of Ephraimº gathered themselves together,ºª and tookºª² the watersº unto² Bethbarahº and Jordan.º 25 And they tookºª twoº princesº of the Midianites,º² Orebº and Zeeb;º and they slewºª² Orebº upon the rockº Oreb,º and Zeebº they slewºª at the winepressº of Zeeb,º and pursuedºª² Midian,º and broughtºª the headsº of Orebº and Zeebº to² Gideonº on the other sideº² Jordan.º
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