If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah
and listen to what they are saying. Afterward, you will be encouraged to attack the camp." So he and Purah his servant went down to the outposts of the camp.
The Midianites, the Amalekites1 and all the other eastern peoples had settled in the valley, thick as locusts.2 Their camels3 could no more be counted than the sand on the seashore.413
Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream. "I had a dream," he was saying. "A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed."
His friend responded, "This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash,5 the Israelite. God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into his hands."
When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped God.6 He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, "Get up! The LORD has given the Midianite camp into your hands."716
Dividing the three hundred men8 into three companies,9 he placed trumpets10 and empty jars11 in the hands of all of them, with torches12 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,13 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 jars14 that were in their hands.
The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches15 in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, "A sword16 for the LORD and for Gideon!"