: Old Testament Stories

Large numbers of the Israelites gathered around Gideon, prepared to

fight against the Midianites, who were encamped in a valley, "like

grasshoppers for multitude." How Gideon's host was reduced till only

three hundred men remained, and the wonderful dream he heard related,

when he and his servant went down as spies into the enemy's camp, are

recorded in the seventh chapter of Judges. It was not by their own

bravery or
ower that the Israelites were to overcome their enemies.

God was to give them the victory: and He chose Gideon and three

hundred men to overcome the great and mighty host of the Midianites.

Gideon divided his three hundred men into three companies, and put a

trumpet in every man's hand, and gave to each a pitcher with a lamp

inside. Then he said, "Look on me, and do likewise: when I blow with a

trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on

every side of the camp, and say, 'The sword of the Lord and of

Gideon.'" Gideon and the hundred men of his company approached the

enemy's camp by night, and the other two companies drew nigh also, so

that the Midianites where surrounded. Then all blew their trumpets,

broke their pitchers, held up their lamps (torches), and cried out as

they had been commanded.

The Midianites heard the trumpets' blast and the cry, and saw the

lights. They were thrown into confusion, and one fought against

another; then they fled, and were pursued by the Israelites, great

numbers of whom gathered together and followed after their flying

enemies. Thus the Midianites were overcome, and Israel had peace

during the lifetime of Gideon.