1Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people who were with
him, rose up early, and encamped beside the spring of Harod: and the camp of
Midian was on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.
2Yahweh said to Gideon, The people who are with you are too many for me
to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel vaunt themselves against
me, saying, My own hand has saved me.
3Now therefore proclaim in the ears
of the people, saying, Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return and
depart from Mount Gilead. There returned of the people twenty-two thousand;
and there remained ten thousand.
4Yahweh said to Gideon, The people are
yet too many; bring them down to the water, and I will try them for you
there: and it shall be, that of whom I tell you, This shall go with you, the
same shall go with you; and of whoever I tell you, This shall not go with
you, the same shall not go.
5So he brought down the people to the water:
and Yahweh said to Gideon, Everyone who laps of the water with his tongue, as
a dog laps, him shall you set by himself; likewise everyone who bows down on
his knees to drink.
6The number of those who lapped, putting their hand
to their mouth, was three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed
down on their knees to drink water.
7Yahweh said to Gideon, By the three
hundred men who lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into your
hand; and let all the people go every man to his place.
8So the people
took food in their hand, and their trumpets; and he sent all the men of
Israel every man to his tent, but retained the three hundred men: and the
camp of Midian was beneath him in the valley.
9It happened the same
night, that Yahweh said to him, Arise, get you down into the camp; for I have
delivered it into your hand.
10But if you fear to go down, go you with
Purah your servant down to the camp:
11and you shall hear what they say;
and afterward shall your hands be strengthened to go down into the camp. Then
went he down with Purah his servant to the outermost part of the armed men
who were in the camp.
12The Midianites and the Amalekites and all the
children of the east lay along in the valley like locusts for multitude; and
their camels were without number, as the sand which is on the seashore for
13When Gideon had come, behold, there was a man telling a
dream to his fellow; and he said, Behold, I dreamed a dream; and behold, a
cake of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian, and came to the tent,
and struck it so that it fell, and turned it upside down, so that the tent
14His fellow answered, This is nothing else save the sword of
Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: into his hand God has delivered
Midian, and all the army.
15It was so, when Gideon heard the telling of
the dream, and the interpretation of it, that he worshiped; and he returned
into the camp of Israel, and said, Arise; for Yahweh has delivered into your
hand the army of Midian.
16He divided the three hundred men into three
companies, and he put into the hands of all of them trumpets, and empty
pitchers, with torches within the pitchers.
17He said to them, Look on
me, and do likewise: and behold, when I come to the outermost part of the
camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall you do.
18When I blow the
trumpet, I and all who are with me, then blow you the trumpets also on
every side of all the camp, and say, For Yahweh and for Gideon.
Gideon, and the hundred men who were with him, came to the outermost part of
the camp in the beginning of the middle watch, when they had but newly set
the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and broke in pieces the pitchers that
were in their hands.
20The three companies blew the trumpets, and broke
the pitchers, and held the torches in their left hands, and the trumpets in
their right hands with which to blow; and they cried, The sword of Yahweh and
21They stood every man in his place round about the camp; and
all the army ran; and they shouted, and put them to flight.
22They blew the three hundred trumpets, and Yahweh set every man’s sword
against his fellow, and against all the army; and the army fled as far as
Beth Shittah toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel Meholah, by
23The men of Israel were gathered together out of Naphtali, and
out of Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and pursued after Midian.
sent messengers throughout all the hill country of Ephraim, saying, Come down
against Midian, and take before them the waters, as far as Beth Barah, even
the Jordan. So all the men of Ephraim were gathered together, and took the
waters as far as Beth Barah, even the Jordan.
25They took the two princes
of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb; and they killed Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb
they killed at the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian: and they brought
the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon beyond the Jordan.