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Judges 7
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God Chooses Gideon’s 300 Soldiers

7Then Jerubbaal, also known as Gideon, got up early along with all of his soldiers. They encamped near the Harod Spring. The Midian encampment lay in the valley to their north, near the hill of Moreh.H3378H1439H5971H7925H2583H5878H4264H4080H6828H1389H4176H6010 2The Lord told Gideon, "You have too many soldiers with you for me to drop Midian into their hands, because Israel would become arrogant and say, 'It was my own abilities that delivered me.'H3068H559H1439H5971H7227H5414H4080H3027H3478H6286H559H3027H3467 3That's why you're to ask in full view of the soldiers, "Whoever is afraid or is trembling may go back from Mount Gilead and return home." So 22,000 soldiers left and 10,000 remained.H4994H7121H241H5971H559H3373H2730H7725H6852H2022H1568H7725H5971H6242H8147H505H7604H6235H505 4"There are still too many soldiers," the Lord said to Gideon. "Bring them down to the water and I'll refine them for you there. Therefore when I say to you, 'This one will be going with you,' he'll go with you, but no one may go about whom I tell you, 'This one won't be going with you.'"H3068H559H1439H5971H7227H3381H4325H6884H559H3212H3212H559H3212H3212 5So he brought his soldiers down to the water, and the Lord said to Gideon, "You are to cull out everyone who laps up water with his tongue like a dog from everyone who kneels to drink."H3381H5971H4325H3068H559H1439H3952H4325H3956H3611H3952H3322H3766H1290H8354 6The contingent of soldiers who lapped water with their hands to their mouths numbered 300 men, but everyone else kneeled to drink water.H4557H3952H3027H6310H7969H3967H376H3499H5971H3766H1290H8354H4325 7Then the Lord told Gideon, "I'm going to deliver you with the 300 soldiers who lapped by giving the Midianites into your control. Send everyone else back to their own homes."H3068H559H1439H7969H3967H376H3952H3467H5414H4080H3027H5971H3212H376H4725 8So the soldiers took provisions with them, along with their trumpets, and Gideon sent all the rest of the soldiers of Israel back to their own tents, but he retained the 300 men. And the Midian encampment was below him in the valley.H5971H3947H6720H3027H7782H7971H376H3478H376H168H2388H7969H3967H376H4264H4080H6010

Gideon Sneaks Down to the Midianite Encampment

9Later that same night, the Lord directed Gideon, "Get up and go down to the Midianite encampment, because I've given it into your control.H3915H3068H559H6965H3381H4264H5414H3027 10But if you're afraid to go down there, you may take your servant Purah with you to their encampment,H3373H3381H3381H6513H5288H3381H4264 11where you will hear what they're talking about. That way, you'll be encouraged to attack the encampment." So he and his servant Purah went down to the perimeter outposts of the encamped army.H8085H1696H310H3027H2388H3381H4264H3381H6513H5288H7097H2571H4264 12The Midianites, the Amalekites, and certain groups from the east lay encamped in the valley, as thick as locusts. The number of their camels couldn't be calculated—they seemed as numerous as the sand on the seashore.H4080H6002H1121H6924H5307H6010H697H7230H1581H4557H2344H3220H8193H7230 13Gideon arrived just as a soldier was talking to a friend about a dream. "Look!" he was saying. "I had a dream that went like this: A loaf of barley bread rolled into the Midianite encampment, came to a tent, and collided with it. The loaf of bread fell down, turned upside down, and the tent collapsed!"H1439H935H376H5608H2472H7453H559H2492H2472H6742H6742H8184H3899H2015H4264H4080H935H168H5221H5307H2015H4605H168H5307 14Then his friend replied, "Can this be anything else than the sword of Joash's son Gideon, that man from Israel?God must have given Midian and the entire encampment into his control!"H7453H6030H559H2719H1439H1121H3101H376H3478H3027H430H5414H4080H4264

Gideon’s 300 Attack

15When Gideon heard the tale of the dream and its interpretation, he bowed down in worship and then returned to the Israelite encampment. There he announced, "Get up! The Lord has given the Midianite army into your control!"H1439H8085H4557H2472H7667H7812H7725H4264H3478H559H6965H3068H5414H3027H4264H4080 16Then he separated the 300 men into three companies, gave them each trumpets to carry, along with jars into which he placed lit torches.H2673H7969H3967H376H7969H7218H5414H7782H3027H7386H3537H3940H8432H3537 17He instructed them, "Watch me, and do what I do. When we come to the outer perimeter of the encampment, do what I do.H559H7200H6213H935H7097H4264H6213H6213 18When I sound my trumpet, accompanied by everyone who is with me, you must blow your trumpets all around the entire encampment. Then shout out, 'For the Lord and for Gideon!'"7H8628H7782H8628H7782H5439H4264H559H3068H1439 19So Gideon and the 100 men with him arrived at the outer perimeter of the encampment at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had posted sentries. They blew their trumpets and smashed the jars that they were carrying in their hands.H1439H3967H376H935H7097H4264H7218H8484H821H389H6965H6965H8104H8628H7782H5310H3537H3027 20When the three companies sounded their trumpets and broke the jars, they held the torches in their left hands and sounded their trumpets with their right hands. Then they cried out, "A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!"H7969H7218H8628H7782H7665H3537H2388H3940H8040H3027H7782H3225H3027H8628H7121H2719H3068H1439 21They stood up, each soldier in his assigned place surrounding the encampment, and the entire army ran away, sounding the alarm to retreat.7H5975H376H5439H4264H4264H7323H7321H5127H5127 22As the 300 trumpets were being sounded, the Lord turned the swords of the Midianite soldiers against one another throughout the entire army, and the army ran away as far as Beth-shittah in the direction of Zererah. They got as far as the outskirts of Abel-meholah, near Tabbath.H7969H3967H8628H7782H3068H7760H376H2719H7453H4264H4264H5127H1029H6888H8193H65H2888 23Israelite soldiers were called out from the territories of Naphtali, Asher, and throughout Manasseh, and they chased after the Midianites.H376H3478H6817H5321H836H4519H7291H310H4080 24Gideon dispatched messengers throughout the mountainous region of Ephraim, notifying them, "Come down to fight Midian. Capture the water crossings as far as Beth-barah and the Jordan River before they can get to them."H1439H7971H4397H2022H669H559H3381H7125H4080H3920H4325H1012H3383H376H669H6817H3920H4325H1012H3383 25They captured two Midianite leaders, Oreb and Zeeb. While they were pursuing the Midianites, they executed Oreb at Oreb's Rock and Zeeb at Zeeb's Winepress, and then they carried the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon from the east bank of the Jordan River.H3920H8147H8269H4080H6159H2062H2026H6159H6697H6159H2062H2026H3342H2062H7291H4080H935H7218H6159H2062H1439H5676H3383


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