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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Judges 7:1-8

Here, I. Gideon applies himself with all possible care and industry to do the part of a good general, in leading on the hosts of Israel against the Midianites (Jdg. 7:1): He rose up early, as one whose heart was upon his business, and who was afraid of losing time. Now that he is sure God is with him he is impatient of delay. He pitched near a famous well, that his army might not be distressed for want of water, and gained the higher ground, which possibly might be some advantage to him, for... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Judges 7:1

Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon ,.... That being the name his father had lately given him, Judges 6:32 . and all the people that were with him, rose up early ; encouraged by the signs and miracles wrought, by which he was assured of success; he was eager to be about his work, and therefore rose early in the morning, and got his army together, and marched to engage the enemy: and pitched beside the well of Harod ; which he might choose for the refreshment of his army on occasion; or,... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Judges 7:1

Then Jerubbaal , who is Gideon - It appears that Jerubbaal was now a surname of Gideon, from the circumstance mentioned Judges 6:32 . See Judges 8:35 . The well of Harod - If this was a town or village, it is nowhere else mentioned. Probably, as חרד charad signifies to shake or tremble through fear, the fountain in question may have had its name from the terror and panic with which the Midianitish host was seized at this place. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Judges 7:1

The well of Harod - i. e. of trembling, evidently so called from the people who were afraid Judges 7:3. It is identified with great probability with Ain Jalud, a spacious pool at the foot of Gilboa; (by Conder, with Ain el Jem’ain (the spring of the two troops)).Moreh was, probably, the little Hermon, the Jebel ed-Duhy of the Arabs, which encloses the plain two or three miles north of Gilboa, which shuts it in on the south. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Judges 7:1

Judges 7:1. Gideon rose up early As one whose heart was upon his business, and who was afraid of losing time. Being now sure God was with him, he is impatient of any delay. And pitched by the well of Harod That his army might not be distressed for want of water; and he gained the higher ground, which possibly might be some advantage to him, for the Midianites were beneath him in the valley. Our faith in God’s promises must not slacken, but rather quicken our endeavours. When we are sure... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Judges 7:1-25

Deliverance under Gideon (7:1-8:35)God allowed Gideon only three hundred men to launch the attack against the Midianites, so that Israel might know that victory was not by military power but by God’s power (7:1-8). A Midianite soldier’s dream showed that an unnatural fear had come upon the Midianites. When he dreamt that a poor man’s loaf of barley overthrew a rich man’s tent, he thought that poverty-stricken Israel would overthrow Midian’s army. The Midianites could, in fact, have wiped out... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Judges 7:1

THE ROUT OF THE MIDIANITES;GIDEON ENCAMPS NEAR THE MIDIANITES"Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and encamped beside the spring of Harod: and the camp of Midian was on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh in the valley.""It is impossible at this time exactly to locate these opposing armies,"[1] except that the confrontation was somewhere in the western portion of the valley of Jezreel. It is not the exact location here; this is... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Judges 7:1

CHAP. VII. Gideon, by the command of God, selects a small number out of his army to go against the Midianites; who are put to flight, and destroy each other. Their two princes, Oreb and Zeeb, are taken and slain. Before Christ 1267. read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Judges 7:1

1. Jerubbaal—This had now become Gideon's honorable surname, "the enemy of Baal." well—rather "spring of Harod," that is, "fear, trembling"; probably the same as the fountain in Jezreel ( :-). It was situated not far from Gilboa, on the confines of Manasseh, and the name "Harod" was bestowed on it with evident reference to the panic which seized the majority of Gideon's troops. The host of the Midianites were on the northern side of the valley, seemingly deeper down in the descent towards the... read more

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