Judges 7 ©
Gideon's army of thirty-two thousand is by God's direction reduced to three hundred. He is sent into the enemy's camp by night, where he is encouraged by hearing a dream told with its interpretation. He divideth his army into three companies, giving to each man a trumpet, and a lamp in a pitcher. On his approach the Midianites are thrown into confusion and put to flight. The Ephraimites take Oreb and Zeeb, and put them to death.
THEN aJerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, brose up early, and pitched beside cthe well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the dvalley.
And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will 1try 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.
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.
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.
So the people took *victuals in their hand, and htheir 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 ibeneath him in the valley.
And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his qfellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, ra 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.
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.
¶And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and 3the interpretation thereof, that he sworshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, tArise; for the LORD hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.
¶So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp xin the beginning of the *middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and ybrake the pitchers that were in their hands.
And the three hundred cblew the trumpets, and the dLORD set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Beth-shittah 6in Zererath, and to the 7border of eAbel-meholah, unto Tabbath.
¶And Gideon gsent messengers throughout all hmount Ephraim, saying, Come down against the Midianites, and itake before them the waters unto Beth-barah and Jordan. Then all the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and took the waters unto Beth-barah and Jordan.