|Judges 7 |
1 Then Jerub-baal, that is, Gideon, and all the men who were with him rose up early and encamped 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 to Gideon, "The men who are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel boast themselves against me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me.'
3 Now therefore go and proclaim in the ears of the men, saying, 'Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn back and depart from Mount Gilead.'" And twenty two thousand of the men returned, and ten thousand remained.
4 And the LORD said to Gideon, "The men are still too many; bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. And it will be, that of whom I say to you, 'This one shall go with you,' shall go with you; and of whom I say to you, 'This one shall not go with you,' shall not go."
5 So he brought the men down to the water, and the LORD said to Gideon, "Everyone who laps up the water with his tongue as a dog laps, you shall set by himself, likewise everyone who bows down on his knees to drink."
6 And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men, but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.
7 And the LORD said to Gideon, "With the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other men go, every man to his own place."1
8 So the people took provisions and their trumpets in their hands, and he sent all the rest of Israel to their homes, and retained those three hundred men. And the host of Midian was below him in the valley.
9 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said to Gideon, "Arise, go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand.
10 But if you fear to go down, go with Phurah your servant down to the camp,
11 And you shall hear what they say, and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp." So went he down with Phurah his servant to the outpost of the armed men who were in the camp.
12 And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like locusts in swarm; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for number.
13 And when Gideon arrived, behold, there was a man who told a dream to his companion, and said, "Behold, I dreamed a dream, and lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian and came to the tent and struck it so that it fell, and overturned it so that the tent lay collapsed."
14 And his companion replied, "This is nothing else but the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel. Into his hand God has delivered Midian and all the camp."
15 So when Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshipped and returned into the camp of Israel and said, "Arise, for the LORD has delivered the host of Midian into your hand."
16 And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, and empty pitchers with torches inside the pitchers.
17 And he said to them, "Look at me and do likewise. When I come to the edge of the camp, you shall do as I do.
18 When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you blow the trumpets also on every side of all the camp and shout, 'For the LORD and for Gideon.'"
19 So Gideon and the hundred men [one of the three companies under his command] who were with him came to the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just as they had changed the guard, and they blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers that were in their hands.
20 And the three companies blew their trumpets, and broke their pitchers, holding the torches in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing, and they cried, "For the LORD and for Gideon."
21 They stood every man in his place all around the camp; and all the Midianite army ran and cried out and fled.
22 When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the LORD set every man's sword against his companion throughout all the Midianite army, and the army fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah, to Tabbath.
23 And the men of Israel gathered themselves together out of Naphtali and Asher and all Manasseh, and pursued the Midianites.
24 Then Gideon sent messengers throughout all the hill country oh Ephraim, saying, "Come down against the Midianites and seize the waters ahead of them as far as Bethbarah and the Jordan." So all the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together and seized the waters as far as Bethbarah and the Jordan.
25 And they took the two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb, and they slew Oreb at the rock Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the winepress of Zeeb, and they pursued Midian; and they brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan.
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1 And the LORD said to Gideon, "With the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other men go, every man to his own place." Those who lapped up the water with their hand were cautious, drinking while keeping an eye out for the enemy. Those who dunked their faces in the water showed no judgment in caution. This is the physical example for our spiritual seeking of God: while we are listening for the voice of the Lord, the word within our hearts, we must be cautious and not be fooled by the enemy who also speaks to us. The enemy gives us incomplete commands, tempting us to fill in the blanks, following our own hearts; the enemy gives us visions with no understandings, tempting us to guess what they mean, following our own hearts; the enemy contradicts the commands of the Lord with commands that lead us to evil; the enemy tries to confuse and discourage us. If we blindly drink the water without the caution of being on the watch for the enemy, we fail until we learn to ignore all the enemies' tricks.
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