Bible: Judges 7:1-8

Gideon Reduces the Ranks

7:1 Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and his men 1  got up the next morning and camped near the spring of Harod. 2  The Midianites 3  were camped north of them near the hill of Moreh in the valley. 7:2 The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men for me to hand Midian over to you. 4  Israel might brag, 5 Our own strength has delivered us.’ 6  7:3 Now, announce to the men, 7 Whoever is shaking with fear 8  may turn around and leave Mount Gilead.’” 9  Twenty-two thousand men 10  went home; 11  ten thousand remained. 7:4 The Lord spoke to Gideon again, “There are still too many men. 12  Bring them down to the water and I will thin the ranks some more. 13  When I say, ‘This one should go with you,’ pick him to go; 14  when I say, 15 This one should not go with you,’ do not take him.” 16  7:5 So he brought the men 17  down to the water. Then the Lord said to Gideon, “Separate those who lap the water as a dog laps from those who kneel to drink.” 18  7:6 Three hundred men lapped; 19  the rest of the men 20  kneeled to drink water. 7:7 The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men who lapped I will deliver the whole army 21  and I will hand Midian over to you. 22  The rest of the men should go home.” 23  7:8 The men 24  who were chosen 25  took supplies 26  and their trumpets. Gideon 27  sent all the men of Israel back to their homes; 28  he kept only three hundred men. Now the Midianites 29  were camped down below 30  in the valley.

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