The Holy Bible - The Book of Judges, Chapter 7 (Latin)

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1Then 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.

2And 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.

3Now 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.

4And 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.

5So 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.

6And 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.

7And 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.

8So 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.

9And 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.

10But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host:

11And thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to go down unto the host. Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were in the host.

12And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.

13And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I 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.

14And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host.

15And 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.

16And 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.

17And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do.

18When 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.

19So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside 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.

20And 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 they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.

21And they stood every man in his place round about the camp; and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.

22And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath.

23And the men of Israel gathered themselves together out of Naphtali, and out of Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and pursued after the Midianites.

24And Gideon sent messengers throughout all mount Ephraim, saying, come down against the Midianites, and take before them the waters unto Bethbarah and Jordan. Then all the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and took the waters unto Bethbarah and Jordan.

25And they took two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan.

1igitur Hierobbaal qui est et Gedeon de nocte consurgens et omnis populus cum eo venit ad fontem qui vocatur Arad erant autem castra Madian in valle ad septentrionalem plagam collis Excelsi

2dixitque Dominus ad Gedeon multus tecum est populus nec tradetur Madian in manus eius ne glorietur contra me Israhel et dicat meis viribus liberatus sum

3loquere ad populum et cunctis audientibus praedica qui formidolosus et timidus est revertatur recesseruntque de monte Galaad et reversa sunt ex populo viginti duo milia virorum et tantum decem milia remanserunt

4dixitque Dominus ad Gedeon adhuc populus multus est duc eos ad aquas et ibi probabo illos et de quo dixero tibi ut tecum vadat ipse pergat quem ire prohibuero revertatur

5cumque descendisset populus ad aquas dixit Dominus ad Gedeon qui lingua lambuerint aquas sicut solent canes lambere separabis eos seorsum qui autem curvatis genibus biberint in altera parte erunt

6fuit itaque numerus eorum qui manu ad os proiciente aquas lambuerant trecenti viri omnis autem reliqua multitudo flexo poplite biberat

7et ait Dominus ad Gedeon in trecentis viris qui lambuerunt aquas liberabo vos et tradam Madian in manu tua omnis autem reliqua multitudo revertatur in locum suum

8sumptis itaque pro numero cibariis et tubis omnem reliquam multitudinem abire praecepit ad tabernacula sua et ipse cum trecentis viris se certamini dedit castra autem Madian erant subter in valle

9eadem nocte dixit Dominus ad eum surge et descende in castra quia tradidi eos in manu tua

10sin autem solus ire formidas descendat tecum Phara puer tuus

11et cum audieris quid loquantur tunc confortabuntur manus tuae et securior ad hostium castra descendes descendit ergo ipse et Phara puer eius in partem castrorum ubi erant armatorum vigiliae

12Madian autem et Amalech et omnes orientales populi fusi iacebant in valle ut lucustarum multitudo cameli quoque innumerabiles erant sicut harena quae iacet in litoribus maris

13cumque venisset Gedeon narrabat aliquis somnium proximo suo et in hunc modum referebat quod viderat vidi somnium et videbatur mihi quasi subcinericius panis ex hordeo volvi et in Madian castra descendere cumque pervenisset ad tabernaculum percussit illud atque subvertit et terrae funditus coaequavit

14respondit is cui loquebatur non est hoc aliud nisi gladius Gedeonis filii Ioas viri Israhelitae tradidit Deus in manu eius Madian et omnia castra eius

15cumque audisset Gedeon somnium et interpretationem eius adoravit et reversus ad castra Israhel ait surgite tradidit enim Dominus in manus nostras castra Madian

16divisitque trecentos viros in tres partes et dedit tubas in manibus eorum lagoenasque vacuas ac lampadas in medio lagoenarum

17et dixit ad eos quod me facere videritis hoc facite ingrediar partem castrorum et quod fecero sectamini

18quando personaverit tuba in manu mea vos quoque per castrorum circuitum clangite et conclamate Domino et Gedeoni

19ingressusque est Gedeon et trecenti viri qui erant cum eo in parte castrorum incipientibus vigiliis noctis mediae et custodibus suscitatis coeperunt bucinis clangere et conplodere inter se lagoenas

20cumque per gyrum castrorum in tribus personarent locis et hydrias confregissent tenuerunt sinistris manibus lampadas et dextris sonantes tubas clamaveruntque gladius Domini et Gedeonis

21stantes singuli in loco suo per circuitum castrorum hostilium omnia itaque castra turbata sunt et vociferantes ululantesque fugerunt

22et nihilominus insistebant trecenti viri bucinis personantes inmisitque Dominus gladium in omnibus castris et mutua se caede truncabant

23fugientes usque Bethseta et crepidinem Abelmeula in Tebbath conclamantes autem viri Israhel de Nepthali et Aser et omni Manasse persequebantur Madian

24misitque Gedeon nuntios in omnem montem Ephraim dicens descendite in occursum Madian et occupate aquas usque Bethbera atque Iordanem clamavitque omnis Ephraim et praeoccupavit aquas atque Iordanem usque Bethbera

25adprehensosque duos viros Madian Oreb et Zeb interfecit Oreb in petra Oreb Zeb vero in torculari Zeb et persecuti sunt Madian capita Oreb et Zeb portantes ad Gedeon trans fluenta Iordanis

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