Judges 7



1 And Jerubbaal—he is Gideon—and all the people who were with him got·​·up·​·early and encamped by the fount of Harod, and the camp of Midian was on the north of it from the hill of Moreh in the valley.

2 And Jehovah said to Gideon, The people who are with thee are too many for Me to give Midian into their hand, lest Israel vaunt himself over Me, saying, My own hand has saved me.

3 And now, I pray thee, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whoever is fearful and frightened, let him turn·​·back and turn about from Mount Gilead; and twenty and two thousand of the people turned·​·back; and ten thousand were·​·left.

4 And Jehovah said to Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring· them ·down to the waters, and I will examine them for thee there; and it shall be that of whom I say to thee, This one shall go with thee, he shall go with thee; and all of whom I shall say to thee, This one shall not go with thee, he shall not go.

5 And he brought· the people ·down to the water, and Jehovah said to Gideon, Everyone who laps·​·up from the water with his tongue as the dog laps, him thou shalt place by·​·himself, and everyone who stoops·​·down on his knees to drink.

6 And the number of those who lapped, with their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men; but all the remainder of the people stooped·​·down on their knees to drink water.

7 And Jehovah said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men who lapped will I save you, and will give Midian into thy hand; and let all the people go every man to his place.

8 And the people took victuals in their hand and their shophars*; and he sent· every man of Israel ·away, a man to his tent; but he held·​·firmly the three hundred men; and the camp of Midian was beneath him in the valley.

9 And it was, in that night, that Jehovah said unto him, Arise, go·​·down into the camp, for I have given it into thy hand.

10 But if thou fear to go·​·down, go·​·down, thou and Purah thy lad, to the camp;

11 and thou shalt hear what they speak, and afterwards shall thy hands be made·​·firm, and thou shalt go·​·down into the camp. And he and Purah, his lad, went·​·down to the edge of those girded·​·to·​·the·​·fifth* who were in the camp.

12 And Midian and Amalek and all the sons of the east lay along in the valley as the locust for multitude, and their camels without number, as the sand by the lip of the sea for multitude.

13 And Gideon came, and, behold, a man recounted a dream to his companion and said, Behold I dreamed a dream, and, behold, a roasted barley bread turned·​·over and over into the camp of Midian and came unto a tent and smote it and it fell, and it overturned it upward, and the tent fell.

14 And his companion answered and said, This is nothing else than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; into his hand has God given Midian and all the camp.

15 And it was, as Gideon heard the recounting of the dream and its interpretation* of it, that he bowed·​·down and returned to the camp of Israel and said, Arise, for Jehovah has given into your hand the camp of Midian.

16 And he divided* the three hundred men into three companies, and he gave shophars into the hand of all of them, and empty pitchers, and torches in the midst of the pitchers;

17 and he said to them, From me you shall see, and thus you shall do. And behold, I shall come into the end of the camp, and it shall be, as I do, thus shall you do.

18 And I shall sound with a shophar, I and all that are with me, then also you shall sound with the shophar, around all the camp, and you shall say, For Jehovah and for Gideon!

19 And Gideon came, and a hundred men who were with him, to the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch. Surely raising they had just raised the guards. And they sounded the shophars and shattered the pitchers that were in their hands.

20 And the three companies blew the shophars and broke the pitchers and held· their torches ·firmly with their left hand and the shophars with their right hand to sound, and they called out, The sword for Jehovah and for Gideon!

21 And they stood every man in his place all around the camp, and all the camp ran, and they shouted and fled.

22 And the three hundred sounded the shophars, and Jehovah set the sword of each·​·man against his companion, and against all the camp, and the camp fled even·​·to Beth-shittah, toward Zererath, even·​·to the border* of Abel-meholah by Tabbath.

23 And the men of Israel were summoned from Naphtali and from Asher and from all Manasseh, and they pursued after Midian.

24 And Gideon sent messengers into all Mount Ephraim, saying, Come·​·down to meet Midian, and capture before them the waters, even·​·to Beth-barah and the Jordan. And every man of Ephraim was summoned, and they captured the waters even·​·to Beth-barah and the Jordan.

25 And they captured two princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb; and they killed Oreb on the rock of Oreb, and they killed Zeeb in the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian; and they brought the heads of Oreb and of Zeeb to Gideon from across the Jordan.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.