1 Then Yerubaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod; so that the army of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.
2 And יהוה said unto Gideon, “The people that are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Yisrael vaunt themselves against me, saying, ‘Mine own hand hath saved me.’
3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, ‘Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from Mount Gilad.’” And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.
4 And יהוה said unto Gideon, “The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will test them for you there; and it shall be, that of whom I say unto you, ‘This shall go with you,’ the same shall go with you; and of whomsoever I say unto you, ‘This shall not go with you,’ the same shall not go.”
5 So he brought down the people unto the water; and יהוה said unto Gideon, “Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt you set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.”
6 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men; but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.
7 And יהוה said unto Gideon, “By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand; and let all the other people go every man unto his place.”
8 So the people took victuals in their hand, and their ram’s horn (shofarot); and he sent all the rest of Yisrael every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men; and the camp of Midian was beneath him in the valley.
9 And it came to pass the same night, that יהוה said unto him, “Arise, get you down unto the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand.
10 But if you fear to go down, go you with Phurah your servant down to the camp;
11 And you shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall your hands be strengthened to go down unto the camp.” Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were in the camp.
12 And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.
13 And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, “Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, behold, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along.”
14 And his fellow answered and said, “This is nothing else except the sword of Gideon the son of Yoash, a man of Yisrael; for into his hand hath God (Elohim) delivered Midian, and all the camp.”
15 And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the camp of Yisrael, and said, “Arise, for יהוה hath delivered into your hand the camp of Midian.”
16 And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a shofar in every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.
17 And he said unto them, “Look on me, and do likewise; and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall you do:
18 When I blow with a shofar, I and all that are with me, then blow you the ram’s horn (shofarot) also on every side of all the camp, and say, ‘The sword of יהוה, and of Gideon!’”
19 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch; and they blew the ram’s horn (shofarot), and broke the pitchers that were in their hands.
20 And the three companies blew the ram’s horns (shofarot), and broke the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the ram’s horn (shofarot) in their right hands to blow withal; and they cried, “The sword of יהוה, and of Gideon!”
21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp; and all the army ran, and cried, and fled.
22 And the three hundred blew the ram’s horns (shofarot), and יהוה set every man’s sword against his fellow, even throughout all the camp; and the army fled to Beit-Shittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath.
23 And the men of Yisrael gathered themselves together out of Naftali, and out of Asher, and out of all Menashsheh, and pursued after the Midianites.
24 And Gideon sent messengers throughout all Mount Efrayim, saying, “Come down against the Midianites, and take before them the waters unto Beit-Barah and Jordan (Yarden).” Then all the men of Efrayim gathered themselves together, and took the waters unto Beit-Barah and Jordan (Yarden).
25 And they took two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan (Yarden).