8 So the 300 men took the people's provisions and their trumpets into their hands. And Gideon sent all the other men of Israel, each to his tent, but retained the 300 * men; and the camp of Midian was below * him in the valley.

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    • g 7:8 - Lit "they"
    • h 7:8 - Lit "he"
      9 Now the same night it came about that the LORD said to him, "Arise, go down against the camp, 1for I have given it into your hands.

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      10 "But if you are afraid to go down, go with Purah your servant down to the camp,
      11 and you will hear what they say; and 2afterward your hands will be strengthened that you may go down against the camp." So he went with Purah his servant down to the outposts of the army that was in the camp.

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        • i 7:11 - Lit "extremity of the battle array"
          12 Now the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the sons of the east were lying in the valley 3as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, 4as numerous as the sand on the seashore *.

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          13 When Gideon came, behold, a man was relating a dream to his friend. And he said, "Behold, I had a dream; a loaf of barley bread was tumbling into the camp of Midian, and it came to the tent and struck it so that it fell, and turned it upside down so that the tent lay flat."

          References for Judges 7:13

            • j 7:13 - Lit "dreamed"
            • k 7:13 - Lit "and behold, a loaf"
            • l 7:13 - Lit "upwards"
              14 His friend replied, "This is nothing less * than * the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; God has given Midian and all the camp 5into his hand."

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              15 When Gideon heard the account of the dream and its interpretation, he bowed in worship. He returned to the camp of Israel and said, "Arise, for the LORD has given the camp of Midian into your hands."
              16 He divided the 300 * men into three companies, and he put trumpets and empty pitchers into the hands of all of them, with torches inside the pitchers.

              References for Judges 7:16

                • m 7:16 - Lit "heads"
                  17 He said to them, "Look at me and do likewise. And behold, when I come to the outskirts of the camp, do as I do.

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                    • n 7:17 - Lit "it shall come about that just as I do, so you shall do"
                      18 "When I and all who are with me blow the trumpet, then you also blow the trumpets all around the camp and say, 'For the LORD and for Gideon.' "

                      Confusion of the Enemy

                      19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when they had just posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and smashed the pitchers that were in their hands.

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                          20 When the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers, they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing, and cried, "A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!"

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                            • o 7:20 - Lit "heads"
                              21 Each stood in his place around the camp; and 6all the army ran, crying out as they fled.

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                              22 When they blew 300 * trumpets, the 7LORD set the sword of one against another even throughout the whole army; and the army fled as far as Beth-shittah toward Zererah, as far as the edge of 8Abel-meholah, by Tabbath.

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                              23 The men of Israel were summoned from 9Naphtali and Asher and all Manasseh, and they pursued Midian.

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                              24 Gideon sent messengers throughout all the hill country of Ephraim, saying, "Come down against Midian and 10take the waters before them, as far as Beth-barah and the Jordan." So all the men of Ephraim were summoned and they took the waters as far as Beth-barah and the Jordan.

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                                • s 7:24 - Lit "to meet"
                                  25 They captured the two leaders of Midian, 11Oreb and Zeeb, and they killed Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and they killed Zeeb at the wine press of Zeeb, while they pursued Midian; and they brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon 12from across the Jordan.

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