Gideon's army of two and thirty thousand is brought to three hundred.
Judges 7:1 Then Ierobaal otherwyse called Gedeon rose erlye & all the people that were with hym, & pytched besyde the well of Harad, so that the hoste of the Madianites were in a valeye on the northsyde of the hyll Hamoreh. Judges 7:2 And the Lorde sayde vnto Gedeon: the people that are wyth the, are to many for me to geue the Madianites into theyr handes, lest Israel make theyr vawnte to my dishonoure & saye, our owne hande hath saued vs. Judges 7:3 Now therfor make a proclamacyon in the eares of the people & saye: yf any man dreade or be afrayde, let hym returne and get hym sone from mounte Galaad. And there departed and returned of the people .xxij. thousand, and there abode ten thousande. Judges 7:4 And the Lorde sayd vnto Gedeon, the people are yet to many, brynge them doune vnto the water, and I wyll trye them vnto the there. And of whom I saye vnto the, thys shall go with the, the same shal go with the. And whosoeuer I saye vnto the, thys shall not go wyth the, the same shall not go. Judges 7:5 And when he had brought doune the people vnto þe water, The Lorde sayde vnto Gedeon: as many as lappe the water with theyr tounges, as dogges do them put by them selues, and so do them that knele doune vpon theyr knees to dryncke. Judges 7:6 And the nombre of them that put theyr handes to theyr mouthes and lapped, were .iij. hundred men. And all the remnaunt of the people kneled doune vpon theyr knees to drynke water. Judges 7:7 And the Lorde sayde vnto Gedeon: wyth the thre hundred men that lapped wyll I saue you, and delyuer the Madianites into thyne hande. And all the other people shall go euery man vnto hys owne whome. Judges 7:8 And they toke vytayles wyth them for the folke, & theyr trompettes. And he sente all the reste of Israel, euery man vnto hys tente, and kepte the thre hundred wyth hym. And þe hoste of Madian was beneth hym in a valeye.
He is encouraged by the dream and interpretation of the barley cake.
Judges 7:9 And the same nyght the Lorde sayde vnto him, vp & go doune vnto the hoste, for I haue delyuered it into thyne hande. Judges 7:10 But and yf thou feare to go doune, then go thou doune vnto the host & Pharah thy ladde, Judges 7:11 & herken what they say, and so shal thyne handes be strong, and then thou shalt go doune vnto the hoste. Then he went doune wt Pharah his ladde euen harde vnto the men of armes that were in the hoste. Judges 7:12 And the Madianites, the Amalekites, and all they of the east, laye a long in the valeye, lyke vnto greshopers in multitude & theyr camelles were wythout nombre, euen as the sande by the sea syde in multitude. Judges 7:13 And when Gedeon was come: Behold, there was a man that tolde a dreame vnto hys felowe & sayde: Beholde I dreamed a dreame, and me thoughte that a broyled looffe of barley bread tombled into the hoste of Madian, and came vnto a tente & smote it that it fell, and ouerturned it, that the tente laye a longe. Judges 7:14 And his felowe aunswered, & sayde, thys is nothynge elles saue the swerde of Gedeon the sonne of Ioas a man of Israel, into whose hande the Lord hath delyuered Madian & all the hoste.
Judges 7:15 When Gedeon hearde the tellynge of the dreame & the interpretacyon of the same, he bowed hym selfe to the earth & returned vnto the hoste of Israel, and sayde: vp for the Lord hath delyuered into youre handes the hoste of the Madianites.
His stratagem of trumpets and lamps in pitchers.
Judges 7:16 And he deuyded the thre hundred men into thre companyes, & gaue euerye man a trompet in hys hand, wyth an emptye pitcher & lampes therin, Judges 7:17 and sayd vnto them: loke on me & do lykewyse: & beholde, when I come to the syde of the hoste, euen as I do, so do you. Judges 7:18 And when I blow wyth a trompet and all that are wyth me, blowe ye with trompettes also on euerye syde the hoste and saye: here be the Lorde and Gedeon.
Judges 7:19 And so Gedeon & the thre hundred men þt were wyth hym, came vnto the syde of þe host in the begynnynge of the myddell watche, & reysed vp the watche men. And they blewe wt their trompettes & brake the pytchers that were in theyr handes. Judges 7:20 And all thre companyes blew wt trompettes & brake the pitchers, & held the lampes in theyr left handes, & the trompettes in their right, to blowe wyth all. And they cryed the swerd of the Lord & of Gedeon. Judges 7:21 And they stode stille, euery man in hys place rounde aboute þe host. And al the host ranne & cryed & fleed. Judges 7:22 And as the thre hundreth blew wyth trompettes, þe Lorde set euerye mannes swerde vpon hys neyghboure, thorow out all the hoste. And þe hoste fleed vntyll they came to Bethsitah, to Zererath, & to the edge of Abelmeholah besyde Tabath. Judges 7:23 And the men of Israel gathered together of the trybe of Nephtalim, of Aser, & of all Manasses, & folowed after the Madianites.
The Ephraimites take Oreb and Zeeb.
Judges 7:24 For Gedeon had sent messengers thorow out al mount Ephraim sayinge: come doune agaynst the Madianites & take from them the waters both of Bethbarath and also of Iordan Then all the men of Ephraim gathered together, & came doune & toke the waters bothe of Bethbarath & also of Iordan. Judges 7:25 And they toke two captaynes of the Madianites, Oreb and Zeb, & slew Ored vpon the rocke Oreb, and Zeb at the presse Zeb, and folowed after Madian. And brought the heades of Oreb & Zeb to Gedeon on the other syde Iordan.