Bible: Judges 7:2-8

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

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