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is all this befallen us? and DAVID also and SAMSUEL, and of the where be all his Miracles Prophets :

33 Who THROUGH FAITH SUBDUED which our Fathers told us KINGDOMS, WROUGHT RIGHTEOUSNESS, of, saying, Did not the LORD OBTAINED PROMISES, STOPPED the

MOUTHs of LIONS, bring us up from Egypt ? but

34 QUENCHED the Violence of FIRE, now the LORD hath forsaken ESCAPED the Edge of the SWORD, Our us. and delivered us into the of Weakness were made Atrong, was

ed valiant in Fight, turned to Flight Hands of the Midianites.

the Armies of the Aliens. 14. And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy Might, and thou shalt save Israel from the Hand of the Midianites? have not I sent thee?

15 And he said unto him, & 1 Cor. i. 27 God hath chosen the O my Lord, wherewith Mall FOOLISH Things of the World to CON

FOUND the wise; and God hath choI fave Ifrael? behold, my Fa- fen the weak Things of the World mily is poor in Manasseh, and to confound the Things that are I am the least in my Father's MIGHTY. House. 16 h And the LORD said . Pfal. iii, 6 I will not be afraid

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set themselves against me round aWITH THee, and thou shalt bout. fmite the Midianites, as one 7 Ariso, O LORD, SAVE me, O my Man.

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Enemies upon the Check boae; thou 17 And he faid unto him, haft broken the Teeth of the VoIf now I have found Grace godly: in thy fight, then shew me a

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LORD : thy BLESSING is upon thy Sign that thou talkest with people. ' me.

Pfal. xxvii. 1 The LORD is my

Light, and my SALVATION, whom 18 Depart not hence, Ithall I fear? the Lord is the STRENGTH pray thee, until I come un- of my Life, of whom shall I be a to thee, and bring forth my

2 When the Wicked, even mine Present, and set it before Enemies, and my Foes came upon thee. And he said, I will me to cat up my Flesh, they ftum

bled and fell. tarry until thou come again.

3 Though an Host should encamp 19 And Gideon went in, against me, my HEART Thall not and made ready a Kid, and FEAR: though war should rise againk unleavened Cakes of an E. me, in this will I be confident. phah of Flour, the Flesh he put in a Basket, and he put the Broth in a Pot, and brought it out unto him under the Oak, and presented it.

20 And the Angel of God said unto him, Take the Flesh, and the unleavened Cakes, and lay them upon this Rock, and pour out the Broth. And he did so.

21 Then

21 Then the Angel of the LORD put forth the End of the Staff that was in his Hand, and touched the Flesh, and the unleavened Cakes : and there arose up Fire out of the Rock, and consumed the Flesh, and the unleavened Cakes; then the Angel of the Lord departed out of his fight.

22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an Angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O LORD God: for because I have seen an Angel of the LORD Face to Face.

23 And the Lord said unto him, Peace be unto thee, fear not, thou shalt not die.

24 Then Gideon built an Altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovah-1halon.

25 And it came to pass the same Night, that the LORD said unto him, Take thy Father's young Bullock, even the second Bullock of seven Years old, and throw down the Altar of Baal that thy Father hath, and cut down the Grove that is by it :

26 And build an Altar unto the LORD thy God upon the top of this Rock; in the ordered Place, and take the second Bullock, and offer a Burnt-facrifice with the Wood of the Grove which thou shalt cut down.

27 Then Gideon took ten Men of his Servants, and did as the Lord had said unto him : and so it was, because he feared his Father's Houshold, and the Men of the City, that he could not do it by Day, that he did it by Night.

28 And when the Men of the City arose early in the Morning, Behold, the Altar of Baal was cast down, and the Grove was cut down that was by it, and the second Bullock was offered upon the Altar that was built.

29 And they said one to another, Who hath done this Thing? And when they enquired and asked, they said, Gideon the Son of Joalh hath done this Thing.

30 Then the Men of the City said unto Joath, Bring out thy Son, that he may die : because he hath cast down the Altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the Grove that was by it.

31 And Joath said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him ? he that will plead for him, let him be put to Death, whilst it is yet Morning : if he be a God, let him plead for himself, because one hath caft down his Altar. 32 Therefore on that Day he called him Jerubbaal, faying, Let Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down his Altar.

33 Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites, and the Children of the Eait were gathered together, and went over and pitched in the Valley of Jezreel.

34 But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a Trumpet, and Abiezer was gathered after him.

35 And he sent Messengers throughout all Manafleh, who also was gathered after him, and he sent Meslengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali, and they came up to meet them.

* 36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt fave Ifrael by mine Hand, as thou hast said,

37 Behold, I will put a Fleece of Wool in the Floor : and if the Dew be on the Fleece only, and it be dry upon all the Earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt lave Israel by mine Hand, as thou hast said.

38 And it was fo: for he rose up early on the Morrow, and thrust the Fleece together, and wringed the Dew out of the Fleece, a bowl-full of Water.

39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine Anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once : Let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the Fleece ; let it now be dry only upon the Fleece, and upon all the Ground let there be Dèw.

40 And God did so that Night : for it was dry upon the Fleece only, and there was Dew on all the Ground.

CH A P. VII. i Gideon's Army of thirty-two thousand is reduced to three hus

dred : 9 He is encouraged by the Dream, and the Interpretation of the Barly-cake. 24 Oreb and Zeeb taken.

Ver. 1 THEN Jerubbaal (who is Gideon) and all the

1 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-fide 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, faying, Mine own Hand hath SAVED me.

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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 himfelf; 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, yere 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.

9 And it came to pass the same Night, that the LORD said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto' the Host, for I have delivered it into thine Hand.

10 But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy Servant down to the Host.

11 And thou shalt hear what they say, and afterward shall thine Hands be strengthned to go down unto the Hoft. Then went he down with Phurah his Servant, unto the out-lide of the armed Men that were in the Holt.

12 And the Midianites, and the Amalekites, and all the Children of the East, lay along in the Valley like Grashoppers for multitude ; and their Camels were without number, as the Sand by the Sea-lide for multitude.

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dreamed a Dream, and lo, a Cake of Barley-bread tumbled into the Host 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 save the Sword of Gideon the Son of Joash, a May of Israel : for into his Hand hath God delivered Midian and all the Hoft.

15 And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the Dream, and the Interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the Host of Israel, and said, Arise, for the LORD hath delivered into your Hand the Host of Midian.

16 And he divided the three hundred Men into three Companies, and he put a Trumpet 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 out-side of the Camp, it shall be that as I do, so fall ye do.

18 When I blow with a Trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the Trumpets also on every side of all the Camp, and say, The Sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.

19 So Gideon and the hundred Men that were with him, came unto the out-side of the Camp, in the beginning of the middle Watch ; and they had but newly set the Watch, and they blew the Trumpets, and brake the Pitchers that were in their Hands.

20 And the three Companies blew the Trumpets, and brake the Pitchers, and held the Lamps in their Left Hands, and the Trumpets in their Right Hands to blow withal : and cried, The Sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.

21 And they stood every Man in his Place, round about the Camp : and all the Host ran, and cried, and fled.

22 And the three hundred blew the Trumpets, and the Lord set every Man's Sword against his Fellow, even throughout all the Host : and the Hoft fled.

23. And the Men of Israel gathered themselves together out of Naphtali, and out of Afer, and out of all Manalseh, and pursued after the Midianites.

24 And Gideon fent Messengers throughout all Mount Ephraim, saying, Come down against the Midianites, and take before them the Waters unto Beth-barah and Jordan. Then all the Men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and took the Waters unto Beth-barah and Jordan.

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