Judges 6:11 -  8:32

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Gideon's Song
The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and for
seven years he gave them into the hands of the
Midianites. Because the power of Midian was so
oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves
in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds. Whenever the
Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites
and other eastern peoples invaded the country. They
camped on the land and ruined the crops all the way to
Gaza and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither
sheep nor cattle nor donkeys. They came up with their
livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts. It was
impossible to count them or their camels; they invaded the
land to ravage it. Midian so impoverished the Israelites that
they cried out to the Lord for help. When the Israelites
cried out to the Lord because of Midian, he sent them a
prophet, who said, “This is what the Lord, the God of
Israel, says: I brought you up out of Egypt, out of the land
of slavery. I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians.
And I delivered you from the hand of all your oppressors; I
drove them out before you and gave you their land. I said
to you, ‘I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of
the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not
listened to me.” The angel of the Lord came and sat down
under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the
Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a
winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel
of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “ The Lord is with
you, mighty warrior.” “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied,
“but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?
Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about
when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of
Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us
into the hand of Midian.” The Lord turned to him and said,
“Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’
s hand. Am I not sending you?” “Pardon me, my lord,”
Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the
weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or
Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’
But the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I
will thin them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This
one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”
The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the
Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.”
When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed down and worshiped. He
returned to the camp of Israel and called out, “Get up! The Lord has given the Midianite camp
into your hands.” Dividing the three hundred men into three companies, he placed trumpets
and empty jars in the hands of all of them, with torches inside. “Watch me,” he told them.
“Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do. When I and all who are
with me blow our trumpets, then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, ‘For the Lord
and for Gideon.’” Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the
beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets
and broke the jars that were in their hands.
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