Gideon's Men Defeat the Midianites
1Then Jerubba´al, 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 Mid´i-anites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.
2And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Mid´i-anites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. 3#Deut 20.8. 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 Gil´e-ad. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.
4And 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. 5So 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. 6And 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. 7And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Mid´i-anites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place. 8So 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 Mid´i-an was beneath him in the valley.
9And 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. 10But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host: 11and 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. 12And the Mid´i-anites and the Amal´ekites 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. 13And 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 Mid´i-an, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along. 14And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Jo´ash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Mid´i-an, and all the host.
15And 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 Mid´i-an. 16And 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. 17And 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. 18When 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.
19So 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. 20And 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. 21And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled. 22And 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 Beth–shit´tah in Zer´erath, and to the border of A´bel–meho´lah, unto Tabbath. 23And the men of Israel gathered themselves together out of Naph´tali, and out of Asher, and out of all Manas´seh, and pursued after the Mid´i-anites.
24And Gideon sent messengers throughout all mount E´phra-im, saying, Come down against the Mid´i-anites, and take before them the waters unto Beth–ba´rah and Jordan. Then all the men of E´phra-im gathered themselves together, and took the waters unto Beth–ba´rah and Jordan. 25And they took two princes of the Mid´i-anites, Oreb and Ze´eb; and they slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Ze´eb they slew at the winepress of Ze´eb, and pursued Mid´i-an, and brought the heads of Oreb and Ze´eb to Gideon on the other side Jordan.