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,1 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.2 He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, "Get up! The LORD has given the Midianite camp into your hands."316
Dividing the three hundred men4 into three companies,5 he placed trumpets6 and empty jars7 in the hands of all of them, with torches8 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,9 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 jars10 that were in their hands.
The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches11 in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, "A sword12 for the LORD and for Gideon!"
While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.1322
When the three hundred trumpets sounded,14 the LORD caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other15 with their swords.16 The army fled to Beth Shittah toward Zererah as far as the border of Abel Meholah17 near Tabbath.
Israelites from Naphtali, Asher18 and all Manasseh were called out,19 and they pursued the Midianites.20