Dividing the three hundred men1 into three companies,2 he placed trumpets3 and empty jars4 in the hands of all of them, with torches5 inside.
"Watch me," he told them. "Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do.
When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets,6 then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, 'For the LORD and for Gideon.' "
Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars7 that were in their hands.
The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches8 in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, "A sword9 for the LORD and for Gideon!"