The Israelites Attack

The Israelites Attack


SO Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch, when a new watch had just been posted.

Then they blew on their trumpets
and broke the pitchers that they held in their hands.

And the three companies all blew on their trumpets and broke the pitchers
and held the lights in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands.
And they cried: "The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!"
They stood, every man in his Place, round about the camp,
and all the army of Midian awoke and cried out.

The three hundred blew on their trumpets
and through the whole army of the Midianites the Lord made men turn their swords against one another, and they fld in confusion.

The men of Israel pursued them beyond Jordan, killing their leaders Oreb and Zeeb.

Then the men of Israel said to Gideon: "Be our ruler, you and your son
and your son's son, for you have delivered us from the hand of Midian."

But Gideon said: "I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you.
The Lord shall rule over you.
But I have one request to make of you.
Will you all give me the gold earrings that you took from your prey?"
For the Midianites were Ishmaelites and wore gold rings in their ears.

The men of Israel said: "We give them willingly."
They spread a cloak on the ground
and every man cast in the earrings that he had taken from his victims.
The weight of the earrings amounted to seventeen hundred shekels of gold,
and there were also ornaments and collars
and purple raiment from the kings of Midian,
and the chains which had been round their camels' necks.
And Gideon took all these and put them in his city of Ophrah.

Thus was Midian utterly conquered by the children of Israel,
and the country lived in peace for forty years, during the life of Gideon.


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