During the night, the LORD said, "Get up! Go down into the Midianite camp, for I have given you victory over them!
But if you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah."
Listen to what the Midianites are saying, and you will be greatly encouraged. Then you will be eager to attack. "So Gideon took Purah and went down to the outposts of the enemy camp.
The armies of Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east had settled in the valley like a swarm of locusts. Their camels were like grains of sand on the seashore -- too many to count!
Gideon crept up just as a man was telling his friend about a dream. The man said, "I had this dream, and in my dream a loaf of barley bread came tumbling down into the Midianite camp. It hit a tent, turned it over, and knocked it flat!"
His friend said, "Your dream can mean only one thing -- God has given Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite, victory over all the armies united with Midian!"
When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he thanked God. Then he returned to the Israelite camp and shouted, "Get up! For the LORD has given you victory over the Midianites!"
He divided the three hundred men into three groups and gave each man a ram's horn and a clay jar with a torch in it.
Then he said to them, "Keep your eyes on me. When I come to the edge of the camp, do just as I do.
As soon as my group blows the rams' horns, those of you on the other sides of the camp blow your horns and shout, 'For the LORD and for Gideon!'"
It was just after midnight, after the changing of the guard, when Gideon and the one hundred men with him reached the outer edge of the Midianite camp. Suddenly, they blew the horns and broke their clay jars.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)