Judges 7:1-8

1 Then Jerubbaal, who [is] Gideon, and all the people that [were]

with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so

that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by

the hill of Moreh, in the valley. 2 And the LORD said unto

Gideon, The people that [are] with thee [are] too many for me to

give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel 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

Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand;

and there remained ten thousand. 4 And the LORD said unto Gideon,

The people [are] yet [too] many; bring them down unto the water,

and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, [that] of

whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go

with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go

with thee, the same shall not go. 5 So he brought down the people

unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that

lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt

thou 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 the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that

lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine

hand: and let all the [other] people go every man unto his place.

8 So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets:

and he sent all [the rest of] Israel every man unto his tent, and

retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was

beneath him in the valley.

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