|Overview - Judges 7|
|1||Gideon's army of two and thirty thousand is brought to three hundred.|
|9||He is encouraged by the dream and interpretation of the burley cake.|
|16||His stratagem of trumpets and lamps in pitchers.|
|24||The Ephraimites take Oreb and Zeeb.|
Judges 7:3 (King James Version)
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.
- Deuteronomy 20:8 ; Matthew 13:21 ; Luke 14:25-33 ; Revelation 17:14 ; 21:8
- mount Gilead
- Gideon was certainly not at mount Gilead, east of Jordan at this time; but rather near mount Gilboa, west of Jordan. Calmet thinks there must either have been two Gileads, which does not appear from Scripture to have been the case, or that the Hebrew text is corrupt, and that for Gilead we should read Gilboa. This reading, though adopted by Houbigant, is not confirmed by an MS
- or version. Dr. Hales endeavours to reconcile the whole, by the supposition that in Gideon's army there were many eastern Manassites from mount Gilead, near the Midianites; and therefore proposes to read, "Whosoever from mount Gilead is fearful and afraid, let him return (home) and depart early."
- Matthew 20:16