King James VersionJudges7


1 Then Jerub­baal, who is Gideon, and all the peo­ple that were with him, rose up ear­ly, and pitched 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. 2 And the LORD said unto 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, Mine own hand hath saved me. 3 Now there­fore go to, pro­claim in the ears of the peo­ple, say­ing, Whoso­ev­er 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. 4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The peo­ple are yet too many; bring them down unto the wa­ter, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whom­so­ev­er I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go. 5 So he brought down the peo­ple unto the wa­ter: and the LORD said unto 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. 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 And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hun­dred men that lapped will I save you, and de­liv­er the Mid­i­an­ites into thine hand: and let all the other peo­ple go ev­ery man unto his place. 8 So the peo­ple took vict­uals in their hand, and their trum­pets: and he sent all the rest of Is­rael ev­ery man unto his tent, and re­tained those three hun­dred men: and the host of Mid­i­an was be­neath him in the val­ley. 9 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have de­liv­ered it into thine hand. 10 But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phu­rah thy ser­vant down to the host: 11 And thou shalt hear what they say; and af­ter­ward shall thine hands be strength­ened to go down unto the host. Then went he down with Phu­rah his ser­vant unto the out­side of the armed men that were in the host. 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. 13 And when Gideon was come, be­hold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fel­low, and said, Be­hold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of bar­ley bread tum­bled into the host of Mid­i­an, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and over­turned it, that the tent lay along. 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. 15 And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the in­ter­pre­ta­tion there­of, that he wor­shipped, and re­turned into the host of Is­rael, and said, Arise; for the LORD hath de­liv­ered into your hand the host of Mid­i­an. 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. 17 And he said unto 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. 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. 19 So Gideon, and the hun­dred men that were with him, came unto 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 brake the pitch­ers that were in their hands. 20 And the three com­pa­nies blew the trum­pets, and brake the pitch­ers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trum­pets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. 21 And they stood ev­ery man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled. 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 Bethshit­tah in Zer­erath, and to the bor­der of Abelme­ho­lah, unto Tab­bath. 23 And the men of Is­rael gath­ered them­selves to­geth­er out of Naph­tali, and out of Ash­er, and out of all Man­asseh, and pur­sued af­ter the Mid­i­an­ites. 24 And Gideon sent mes­sen­gers through­out all mount Ephraim, say­ing, Come down against the Mid­i­an­ites, and take be­fore them the wa­ters unto Beth­barah and Jor­dan. Then all the men of Ephraim gath­ered them­selves to­geth­er, and took the wa­ters unto Beth­barah and Jor­dan. 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 wine­press of Zeeb, and pur­sued Mid­i­an, and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the oth­er side Jor­dan.