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7:1 Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon.(Jerubbaal
was a name given to Gideon after he destroyed the altar of Baal:.Judges
6:32).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.(Judges
6:11,12).were on the north
side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.
7:2 And the Lord said unto Gideon,
The people that are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites.(Judges
6:11,12).into their hands,
lest Israel vaunt
themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand has saved me.
7:3 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.
7:4 And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many. Bring
them down unto the water and I will try them for you there and it shall
be those that I say unto you.
7:5-7 So he brought down the people unto the water. And the Lord said
unto Gideon, Every one that laps of the water with his tongue, as a dog
laps, him shall you set by himself. Likewise every one that bows down upon
his knees to drink.(set
these also by themselves). 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. And the
Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save
you and deliver the Midianites into your hand. And let all the other people
go every man unto his place.
That's quite a reduction, from 32,000 to 300: verse 3. The result of their
battle, verses 16-25 below.
7:13 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.
7:15 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 has delivered into your hand the
host of Midian.
7:16-25 And he.(Gideon).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. 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 you do. When I blow with
a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow you the trumpets also
on every side of all the camp and say, The sword of the Lord and of Gideon.
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. 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. And they stood every man in his place round about the camp and
all the host.(of
their enemies, the Midianites:.Judges
6:11,12).ran and cried and
fled. 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.
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.
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. 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.
were they so adamant
these Midianites and others of the 'ites'?.Genesis
15:19-21. God only wanted the ones around that were of His genealogy.