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Robert Neighbour

Wells of Living Water Commentary - Judges 7:1-25

Gideon, a Hero of the Faith Judges 7:1-25 INTRODUCTORY WORDS Hebrews eleven classes Gideon with the heroes of the faith. This may well have been done. We need to remember, however, that Gideon lived in a day when faith was at low tide; he faced a condition of gloom, and almost of despair among his contemporaries. In addition, Gideon was, by nature, a good deal of a coward. He had been threshing down in a valley, for fear of the Midianites. He possessed no signal sign of faith, when God first... read more

Peter Pett

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible - Judges 7:6

‘And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men. But all the rest of the people bowed down on their knees to drink water.’ Now, no doubt to Gideon’s dismay, his ten larger units had been reduced to three much smaller units. The number three represents completeness. Thus ‘three’ military units may mean ‘the ideal number of men but on a small scale’. Three units was all that God needed, three units of alert, self-controlled, astute fighting men. read more

Arthur Peake

Arthur Peake's Commentary on the Bible - Judges 7:1-8

Judges 7:1-Ruth : . The Reduction of Gideon’ s Army.— This section teaches that Yahweh is the giver of victory, and that it is as easy for Him to save by few as by many ( 1 Samuel 14:6). The spring of Harod (“ trembling,” cf. Judges 7:3) may be ‘ Ain Jâ lû d, 2 m. from Jezreel, at the foot of Gilboa (p. 30). The hill of Moreh may be Little Hermon. Gilead ( Judges 7:3) is on the eastern side of the Jordan, and we should probably read Gilboa. Judges 7:3 . The number of those who, in modern... read more

Matthew Poole

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible - Judges 7:6

Putting their hand to their mouth; taking up a little water in the palm of their hands to put into their mouths. read more

Joseph Exell

Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary - Judges 7:1-14

THE ARMY OF THE LORD’S DELIVERANCEI. The Diminution of its NumbersJudges 7:1-8CRITICAL NOTES.— Judges 7:1. Then Jerubbaal.] The name is given as the challenger of Baal, the man who, for the honour of God, was not afraid to enter the lists with Baal. This name was putting a mark of honour on Gideon, the same as if a star were put on his breast.Rose up early and pitched beside the well of Harod.] The first flush of enthusiasm was still upon them, and they did not hesitate at once to approach the... read more

William Nicoll

Sermon Bible Commentary - Judges 7:1-25

Judges 6-8 In the first words of Gideon we find the key to his character. (1) He was a man who felt deeply the degradation of his people. He could not enjoy his own harvest while the Midianites were robbing all around; he had the patriot's wide sympathy. (2) He was a man also of the strongest common sense, accustomed to look through words to things, and to look the facts of life fair in the face. (3) He was a man of abundant personal valour, but yet unwilling to move a step until he was sure... read more

William Nicoll

Sermon Bible Commentary - Judges 7:5-7

Judges 7:5-7 Among the ten thousand soldiers in Gideon's army there were three hundred brave and wary men who, even under the pangs of thirst, could not forget that they were in the presence of an enemy, and that it behoved them therefore to be on the alert. Instead of flinging themselves recklessly on the ground, they simply scooped up a little water in the hollow of their hands, and lapped it or sipped it, even as a dog laps while he runs on the watch for any ambush, prepared for any... read more

Chuck Smith

Chuck Smith Bible Commentary - Judges 7:1-25

Chapter 7So in chapter seven,[when] Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people who were with him, rose up early, and they pitched beside the well of Harod ( Judges 7:1 ):Now the well of Harod is still there today. It is at the base of Mount Gilboa or in the range of Gilboa, actually Gilead is all a part of that range and there at the base is this beautiful little spring with water that comes flowing forth. There's a kibbutz there now and the people at the kibbutz had made a neat big swimming... read more

Joseph Sutcliffe

Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments - Judges 7:1-25

Judges 7:1 . The well of Harod; equivalent to terror, from the panic of the Midianites. It is situate on the south side of Gilboa. Judges 7:2 . The people with thee are too many, while human fears said, we are too few. The Lord having come to give them the victory, would not allow the Hebrews to boast that their own arm had gained it. Assuredly, no trait in history can be more consolatory to an invaded nation. Judges 7:5-6 . Lappeth, of the water putting their hand to their mouth, ... read more

Joseph Exell

The Biblical Illustrator - Judges 7:1-8

Judges 7:1-8Gideon . . . pitched beside the wall of Harod.Gideon’s armyI. The Lord called him to fight. The world must see, now and then, the gigantic crimes of a mere man turned back by rival arms upon both idol and idolater, and that by the voice of the Almighty. Well said Victor Hugo, “Napoleon had been impeached before the Infinite.” The groaning of the bond, man in our own land entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. Arrogance, lust, and greed combined to challenge the eternal... read more

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