1 Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him arose early and
encamped beside the well of Harod, so that the camp of the Midianites was on the north
side of them by the hill of Moreh in the valley.
2 And Jehovah said to Gideon, The people who are with you are too many for Me to give
the Midianites into their hands, that Israel not glorify itself against Me, saying, My own
hand has delivered me.
3 Now therefore, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whoever is fearful and
trembling, let him turn back and depart early from Mount Gilead. And twenty-two
thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained.
4 And Jehovah said to Gideon, The people are still too many; bring them down to the
water, and I will test them for you there. And it shall be, that of whom I say to you, This
one shall go with you, the same shall go with you; and of whomever I say to you, This one
shall not go with you, the same shall not go.
5 So he brought the people down to the water. And Jehovah said to Gideon, Everyone
who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart 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 on their knees to drink water.
7 And Jehovah said to Gideon, By the three hundred men who lapped I will deliver you,
and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other people go, every man to his
8 So the people took provisions and their shofars in their hands. And he sent away all the
rest of Israel, every man to his tent, and retained those three hundred men. Now the camp
of Midian was below him in the valley.
9 And it came to pass on the same night that Jehovah said to him, Rise up, go down
against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand.
10 But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant,
11 and you shall hear what they say; and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go
down against the camp. And he went down with Purah his servant to the extremity of the
armed men who were in the camp.
12 Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the sons of the east, were lying in the valley as
numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore
13 And when Gideon came, there was a man telling a dream to his companion. He said, I
have dreamed a dream: Behold, a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian; it
came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent lay flat.
14 And his companion answered and said, 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 the whole
15 And so it was, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, that
he bowed down. He returned to the camp of Israel, and said, Arise, for Jehovah has
delivered the camp of Midian into your hand.
16 And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a shofar into
each man's hand, with empty jars, and torches inside the jars.
17 And he said to them, Look at me and do likewise; and behold, when I come to the edge
of the camp you shall do as I do:
18 When I blow the shofar, I and all who are with me, then you also blow the shofars on
every side of the whole camp, and say, For Jehovah and for Gideon!
19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the edge of the camp at
the beginning of the middle watch, just as they had posted the watch; and they blew the
shofars and shattered the jars that were in their hands.
20 And the three companies blew the shofars and shattered the jars; they held the torches
in their left hands and the shofars in their right hands for blowing; and they cried out, The
sword of Jehovah and of Gideon!
21 And each man stood in his place all around the camp; and the whole army ran and
cried out and fled.
22 And when the three hundred blew the shofars, Jehovah set every man's sword against
his companion throughout the whole camp; and the army fled to Beth Acacia, toward
Zererah, as far as the border of Abel Meholah, by Tabbath.
23 And the men of Israel gathered together from Naphtali, Asher, and all Manasseh, and
chased after the Midianites.
24 And Gideon sent messengers throughout all the mountains of Ephraim, saying, Come
down against the Midianites, and seize from them the waters as far as Beth Barah and the
Jordan. And all the men of Ephraim gathered together and seized the waters as far as Beth
Barah and the Jordan.
25 And they captured two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb. They killed Oreb at
the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb they killed at the winepress of Zeeb. They pursued Midian and
brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side of the Jordan.