New Living Translation

Judges 7

Gideon Defeats the Midianites

1So Jerub-baal (that is, Gideon) and his army got up early and went as far as the spring of Harod. The armies of Midian were camped north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength. Therefore, tell the people, ‘Whoever is timid or afraid may leave this mountain[a] and go home.’” So 22,000 of them went home, leaving only 10,000 who were willing to fight.

But the Lord told Gideon, “There are still too many! Bring them down to the spring, and I will test them to determine who will go with you and who will not.” When Gideon took his warriors down to the water, the Lord told him, “Divide the men into two groups. In one group put all those who cup water in their hands and lap it up with their tongues like dogs. In the other group put all those who kneel down and drink with their mouths in the stream.” Only 300 of the men drank from their hands. All the others got down on their knees and drank with their mouths in the stream.

The Lord told Gideon, “With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.” So Gideon collected the provisions and rams’ horns of the other warriors and sent them home. But he kept the 300 men with him.

The Midianite camp was in the valley just below Gideon. That night the Lord said, “Get up! Go down into the Midianite camp, for I have given you victory over them! 10 But if you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah. 11 Listen to what the Midianites are saying, and you will be greatly encouraged. Then you will be eager to attack.”

So Gideon took Purah and went down to the edge of the enemy camp. 12 The armies of Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east had settled in the valley like a swarm of locusts. Their camels were like grains of sand on the seashore—too many to count! 13 Gideon crept up just as a man was telling his companion about a dream. The man said, “I had this dream, and in my dream a loaf of barley bread came tumbling down into the Midianite camp. It hit a tent, turned it over, and knocked it flat!”

14 His companion answered, “Your dream can mean only one thing—God has given Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite, victory over Midian and all its allies!”

15 When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed in worship before the Lord.[b] Then he returned to the Israelite camp and shouted, “Get up! For the Lord has given you victory over the Midianite hordes!” 16 He divided the 300 men into three groups and gave each man a ram’s horn and a clay jar with a torch in it.

17 Then he said to them, “Keep your eyes on me. When I come to the edge of the camp, do just as I do. 18 As soon as I and those with me blow the rams’ horns, blow your horns, too, all around the entire camp, and shout, ‘For the Lord and for Gideon!’”

19 It was just after midnight,[c] after the changing of the guard, when Gideon and the 100 men with him reached the edge of the Midianite camp. Suddenly, they blew the rams’ horns and broke their clay jars. 20 Then all three groups blew their horns and broke their jars. They held the blazing torches in their left hands and the horns in their right hands, and they all shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!”

21 Each man stood at his position around the camp and watched as all the Midianites rushed around in a panic, shouting as they ran to escape. 22 When the 300 Israelites blew their rams’ horns, the Lord caused the warriors in the camp to fight against each other with their swords. Those who were not killed fled to places as far away as Beth-shittah near Zererah and to the border of Abel-meholah near Tabbath.

23 Then Gideon sent for the warriors of Naphtali, Asher, and Manasseh, who joined in chasing the army of Midian. 24 Gideon also sent messengers throughout the hill country of Ephraim, saying, “Come down to attack the Midianites. Cut them off at the shallow crossings of the Jordan River at Beth-barah.”

So all the men of Ephraim did as they were told. 25 They captured Oreb and Zeeb, the two Midianite commanders, killing Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb at the winepress of Zeeb. And they continued to chase the Midianites. Afterward the Israelites brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon, who was by the Jordan River.

Notas al pie

  1. 7:3 Hebrew may leave Mount Gilead. The identity of Mount Gilead is uncertain in this context. It is perhaps used here as another name for Mount Gilboa.
  2. 7:15 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads he bowed.
  3. 7:19 Hebrew at the beginning of the second watch.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

士師記 7



耶和華對基甸說:「你的人太多了,我不能把米甸人交在你們手中,免得以色列人以為是靠自己的力量救了自己。 你要向他們宣佈,膽小害怕的人可以離開基列山回家。」結果兩萬二千人離去,只剩下一萬人。

但耶和華對基甸說:「人還是太多,你帶他們到下面的泉水邊,我會在那裡為你挑選人員。」 於是,基甸把他們帶到泉水邊,耶和華對他說:「把像狗一樣用舌頭舔水喝的和跪著喝水的分開。」 那時有三百人捧水舔著喝,其餘的都跪著喝。 耶和華對基甸說:「我要用這三百舔水喝的人拯救你們,我要把米甸人交在你手中。讓其餘的人都回家吧。」 於是,基甸留下這三百人,把其餘人的食物和號角收集起來,讓他們回家。米甸人的軍營就在他們下面的山谷裡。

當天晚上,耶和華吩咐基甸說:「起來,下去攻打敵營吧!我已把敵人交在你手中了。 10 如果你害怕,可以和你的僕人普拉一起下到敵營, 11 聽聽他們說什麼,你就有膽量攻打敵營了。」於是,基甸就帶著僕人普拉下到敵營旁。 12 米甸人、亞瑪力人及東方人像蝗蟲一樣佈滿山谷,他們的駱駝如海邊的沙一樣不計其數。 13 基甸到了那裡,聽見一個人對同伴說:「我做了個夢,夢見一個大麥餅滾進我們的營中,把一個帳篷撞翻在地。」 14 他的同伴說:「那不是別的,正是以色列人約阿施的兒子基甸的刀,上帝把米甸人和整個軍營都交在他手中了。」

15 基甸聽了這夢和夢的解釋,就俯伏敬拜上帝。他回到以色列人的營中,大聲喊道:「起來吧,耶和華已經把米甸軍營交在你們手中了。」 16 基甸把三百人分成三隊,分給他們號角和藏有火把的瓦瓶, 17 對他們說:「你們要看我的行動,當我們走到敵營旁邊時,我怎麼做,你們也要怎麼做。 18 我們這隊吹響號角時,你們也要在敵營四周吹響號角,高喊,『為了耶和華!為了基甸!』」

19 午夜初,守衛剛換班,基甸帶著一百人來到米甸營旁。他們吹響號角,打破手中的瓦瓶。 20 其餘的二百人也吹響號角,打破瓦瓶。他們左手舉著火把,右手拿著號角,高喊:「為耶和華和基甸而戰!」 21 他們在敵營周圍各守其位,米甸全軍邊喊邊逃。 22 基甸的三百人一起吹響號角時,耶和華使米甸人自相殘殺。他們逃往西利拉的伯·哈示他,一直逃到靠近他巴的亞伯·米何拉的邊境。

23 基甸號召拿弗他利、亞設和瑪拿西的以色列人追殺米甸敗軍, 24 又派人到整個以法蓮山區,吩咐當地人攻打米甸人,佔據遠至伯·巴拉一帶的約旦河渡口。以法蓮人都依言而行, 25 還生擒了米甸人的兩名首領俄立和西伊伯。他們在俄立磐石上殺死了俄立,在西伊伯榨酒池殺了西伊伯。他們繼續追殺米甸人,並帶著俄立和西伊伯的人頭穿過約旦河,交給基甸。