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Judges 7

 
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1 καὶ ὤρθρισεν Ιεροβααλ αὐτός ἐστιν Γεδεων καὶ πᾶς ὁ λαὸς ὁ με{T'} αὐτοῦ καὶ παρενέβαλεν ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν Αρωεδ καὶ παρεμβολὴ Μαδιαμ καὶ Αμαληκ ἦν αὐτῷ ἀπὸ βορρᾶ ἀπὸ τοῦ βουνοῦ τοῦ Αβωρ ἐν τῇ κοιλάδι 2 καὶ εἶπεν κύριος πρὸς Γεδεων πολὺς ὁ λαὸς ὁ μετὰ σοῦ ὥστε μὴ παραδοῦναί με τὴν Μαδιαμ ἐν χειρὶ αὐτῶν μήποτε καυχήσηται Ισραηλ ἐ{P'} ἐμὲ λέγων ἡ χείρ μου ἔσωσέν με 3 καὶ εἶπεν κύριος πρὸς αὐτόν λάλησον δὴ εἰς τὰ ὦτα τοῦ λαοῦ λέγων τίς δειλὸς καὶ φοβούμενος ἀποστραφήτω καὶ ἐξώρμησαν ἀπὸ τοῦ ὄρους τοῦ Γαλααδ καὶ ἀπεστράφησαν ἀπὸ τοῦ λαοῦ εἴκοσι καὶ δύο χιλιάδες καὶ δέκα χιλιάδες ὑπελείφθησαν 4 καὶ εἶπεν κύριος πρὸς Γεδεων ἔτι ὁ λαὸς πολύς κατάγαγε αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸ ὕδωρ καὶ δοκιμῶ αὐτούς σοι ἐκεῖ καὶ ἔσται ὃν ἐὰν εἴπω πρὸς σέ οὗτος πορεύσεται μετὰ σοῦ αὐτὸς πορεύσεται μετὰ σοῦ καὶ ὃν ἐὰν εἴπω σοι ὅτι οὐ πορεύσεται μετὰ σοῦ αὐτὸς οὐ πορεύσεται μετὰ σοῦ 5 καὶ κατεβίβασεν τὸν λαὸν εἰς τὸ ὕδωρ καὶ εἶπεν κύριος πρὸς Γεδεων πᾶς ὃς ἂν λάψῃ τῇ γλώσσῃ αὐτοῦ ἐκ τοῦ ὕδατος ὡς ἐὰν λάψῃ ὁ κύων στήσεις αὐτὸν κατὰ μόνας καὶ πᾶς ὃς ἂν κάμψῃ ἐπὶ τὰ γόνατα αὐτοῦ τοῦ πιεῖν μεταστήσεις αὐτὸν κα{Q'} αὑτόν 6 καὶ ἐγένετο πᾶς ὁ ἀριθμὸς τῶν λαψάντων ἐν τῇ γλώσσῃ αὐτῶν τριακόσιοι ἄνδρες καὶ πᾶς ὁ ἐπίλοιπος τοῦ λαοῦ ἔκαμψαν ἐπὶ τὰ γόνατα αὐτῶν τοῦ πιεῖν ὕδωρ 7 καὶ εἶπεν κύριος πρὸς Γεδεων ἐν τοῖς τριακοσίοις ἀνδράσιν τοῖς λάψασιν σώσω ὑμᾶς καὶ παραδώσω τὴν Μαδιαμ ἐν χειρί σου καὶ πᾶς ὁ λαὸς ἀποτρεχέτω ἀνὴρ εἰς τὸν τόπον αὐτοῦ 8 καὶ ἔλαβον τὸν ἐπισιτισμὸν τοῦ λαοῦ ἐν τῇ χειρὶ αὐτῶν καὶ τὰς κερατίνας αὐτῶν καὶ πάντα ἄνδρα Ισραηλ ἐξαπέστειλεν ἄνδρα εἰς τὸ σκήνωμα αὐτοῦ τῶν δὲ τριακοσίων ἀνδρῶν ἐκράτησεν ἡ δὲ παρεμβολὴ Μαδιαμ ἦν ὑποκάτωθεν αὐτοῦ ἐν τῇ κοιλάδι 9 καὶ ἐγενήθη ἐν τῇ νυκτὶ ἐκείνῃ καὶ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτὸν κύριος ἀνάστα κατάβηθι τὸ τάχος ἐντεῦθεν εἰς τὴν παρεμβολήν ὅτι παρέδωκα αὐτὴν ἐν τῇ χειρί σου 10 εἰ δὲ φοβῇ σὺ καταβῆναι κατάβηθι σὺ καὶ Φαρα τὸ παιδάριόν σου εἰς τὴν παρεμβολὴν 11 καὶ ἀκούσῃ τί λαλοῦσιν καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα ἰσχύσουσιν αἱ χεῖρές σου καὶ καταβήσῃ ἐν τῇ παρεμβολῇ καὶ κατέβη αὐτὸς καὶ Φαρα τὸ παιδάριον αὐτοῦ εἰς μέρος τῶν πεντήκοντα τῶν ἐν τῇ παρεμβολῇ 12 καὶ Μαδιαμ καὶ Αμαληκ καὶ πάντες οἱ υἱοὶ ἀνατολῶν παρεμβεβλήκεισαν ἐν τῇ κοιλάδι ὡς ἀκρὶς εἰς πλῆθος καὶ ταῖς καμήλοις αὐτῶν οὐκ ἦν ἀριθμός ἀλ{L'} ἦσαν ὥσπερ ἡ ἄμμος ἡ ἐπὶ τὸ χεῖλος τῆς θαλάσσης εἰς πλῆθος 13 καὶ εἰσῆλθεν Γεδεων καὶ ἰδοὺ ἀνὴρ ἐξηγεῖτο τῷ πλησίον αὐτοῦ τὸ ἐνύπνιον καὶ εἶπεν ἰδοὺ τὸ ἐνύπνιον ὃ ἠνυπνιάσθην καὶ ἰδοὺ μαγὶς ἄρτου κριθίνου κυλιομένη ἐν τῇ παρεμβολῇ Μαδιαμ καὶ ἦλθεν ἕως τῆς σκηνῆς Μαδιαμ καὶ ἐπάταξεν αὐτὴν καὶ κατέστρεψεν αὐτήν καὶ ἔπεσεν ἡ σκηνή 14 καὶ ἀπεκρίθη ὁ πλησίον αὐτοῦ καὶ εἶπεν οὐκ ἔστιν αὕτη ἀλ{L'} ἢ ῥομφαία Γεδεων υἱοῦ Ιωας ἀνδρὸς Ισραηλ παρέδωκεν κύριος ἐν χειρὶ αὐτοῦ τὴν Μαδιαμ καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν παρεμβολήν 1 Jerobaal, then, (or Gedeon) rose at break of day and led his army to the spring called the Spring of Harad. The camp of Madian lay there in the valley, with a high hill to the south of it. 2 This is a great army thou hast with thee, the Lord told Gedeon. I must not grant victory over Madian to an army like this, or the Israelites would boast that they had no need of me; that their own strength had brought them deliverance. 3 Make it known publicly, for all to hear, that any man who shrinks back or is afraid is free to go home. So twenty-two thousand of his men, from the hill-country of Galaad, went back home, and left him with only ten thousand. 4 But the Lord said to Gedeon, Thy army is still too great. Take them down the water-side, and I will test them there. I will tell thee which of them are to march in thy company, and which are to return home instead. 5 And when they reached the water, the Lord’s command to Gedeon was, Separate those who lap the water like dogs, and those who go down on their knees to drink. 6 There were only three hundred that took up water in their hands and lapped it, all the rest knelt as they drank; 7 but the Lord said to Gedeon, These three hundred men who lapped the water shall win you deliverance; I will put the Madianites in their power. Send all the rest of thy companions home. 8 So he would have food left, and a trumpet for each man; then he sent the others back to their own dwelling-places, and with three hundred men prepared to give battle.

The camp of Madian lay there in the valley below him, 9 and that night the Lord said to him, Bestir thyself, and go down into their camp; I have left them at thy mercy. 10 If thou art afraid to go alone, thy servant Phara shall go with thee. 11 Listen to what they are saying, and it will give thee courage, bid thee go down more confidently to the attack. So Gedeon and his servant Phara made their way down to a part of the camp where sentries were on guard. 12 There were Madian and Amalec, and all the tribes of the east, scattered through the valley, like a swarm of locusts; countless as the sea sand, their camels lay beside them. 13 As Gedeon approached, one of the men was telling his neighbour of a dream that had come to him, and this was the way of it: It looked, in my dream, as if a barley griddle-cake went rolling along and tumbled into the Madianite camp, where it struck the first tent it reached and overturned it, so that it lay flat on the ground. 14 Why, said the other, what should this be but the sword of that Israelite, Gedeon the son of Joas? The Lord means to put Madian and all Madian’s host into his power.
1 Igitur Jerobaal qui et Gedeon, de nocte consurgens, et omnis populus cum eo, venit ad fontem qui vocatur Harad. Erant autem castra Madian in valle ad septentrionalem plagam collis excelsi. 2 Dixitque Dominus ad Gedeon: Multus tecum est populus, nec tradetur Madian in manus ejus: ne glorietur contra me Israël, et dicat: Meis viribus liberatus sum. 3 Loquere ad populum, et cunctis audientibus prædica: Qui formidolosus et timidus est, revertatur. Recesseruntque de monte Galaad, et reversi sunt de populo viginti duo millia virorum, et tantum decem millia remanserunt. 4 Dixitque 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. 5 Cumque 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. 6 Fuit itaque numerus eorum qui manu ad os projiciente lambuerunt aquas, trecenti viri: omnis autem reliqua multitudo flexo poplite biberat. 7 Et ait Dominus ad Gedeon: In trecentis viris qui lambuerunt aquas, liberabo vos, et tradam in manu tua Madian: omnis autem reliqua multitudo revertatur in locum suum. 8 Sumptis itaque pro numero cibariis et tubis, omnem reliquam multitudinem abire præcepit ad tabernacula sua: et ipse cum trecentis viris se certamini dedit. Castra autem Madian erant subter in valle. 9 Eadem nocte dixit Dominus ad eum: Surge, et descende in castra: quia tradidi eos in manu tua. 10 Sin autem solus ire formidas, descendat tecum Phara puer tuus. 11 Et cum audieris quid loquantur, tunc confortabuntur manus tuæ, et securior ad hostium castra descendes. Descendit ergo ipse et Phara puer ejus in partem castrorum, ubi erant armatorum vigiliæ. 12 Madian autem et Amalec, et omnes orientales populi, fusi jacebant in valle, ut locustarum multitudo: cameli quoque innumerabiles erant, sicut arena quæ jacet in littore maris. 13 Cumque 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 castra Madian descendere: cumque pervenisset ad tabernaculum, percussit illud, atque subvertit, et terræ funditus coæquavit. 14 Respondit is, cui loquebatur: Non est hoc aliud, nisi gladius Gedeonis filii Joas viri Israëlitæ: tradidit enim Dominus in manus ejus Madian, et omnia castra ejus.
15 καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς ἤκουσεν Γεδεων τὴν διήγησιν τοῦ ἐνυπνίου καὶ τὴν σύγκρισιν αὐτοῦ καὶ προσεκύνησεν κύριον καὶ ἐπέστρεψεν εἰς τὴν παρεμβολὴν Ισραηλ καὶ εἶπεν ἀνάστητε ὅτι παρέδωκεν κύριος ἐν χερσὶν ὑμῶν τὴν παρεμβολὴν Μαδιαμ 16 καὶ διεῖλεν τοὺς τριακοσίους ἄνδρας τρεῖς ἀρχὰς καὶ ἔδωκεν κερατίνας ἐν χειρὶ πάντων καὶ ὑδρίας κενὰς καὶ λαμπάδας ἐν μέσῳ τῶν ὑδριῶν 17 καὶ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτούς ἀ{P'} ἐμοῦ ὄψεσθε καὶ οὕτως ποιήσετε καὶ ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ εἰσπορεύομαι ἐν μέσῳ τῆς παρεμβολῆς καὶ ἔσται ὡς ἐὰν ποιήσω οὕτως ποιήσετε 18 καὶ σαλπιῶ τῇ κερατίνῃ ἐγὼ καὶ πάντες οἱ με{T'} ἐμοῦ καὶ σαλπιεῖτε ταῖς κερατίναις καὶ ὑμεῖς κύκλῳ τῆς παρεμβολῆς καὶ ἐρεῖτε τῷ κυρίῳ καὶ τῷ Γεδεων 19 καὶ εἰσῆλθεν Γεδεων καὶ ἑκατὸν ἄνδρες με{T'} αὐτοῦ ἐν μέρει τῆς παρεμβολῆς ἀρχομένης τῆς φυλακῆς τῆς μεσούσης πλὴν ἐγέρσει ἤγειρεν τοὺς φυλάσσοντας καὶ ἐσάλπισαν ταῖς κερατίναις καὶ ἐξετίναξαν τὰς ὑδρίας τὰς ἐν ταῖς χερσὶν αὐτῶν 20 καὶ ἐσάλπισαν αἱ τρεῖς ἀρχαὶ ἐν ταῖς κερατίναις καὶ συνέτριψαν τὰς ὑδρίας καὶ ἐλάβοντο ἐν τῇ χειρὶ τῇ ἀριστερᾷ αὐτῶν τῶν λαμπάδων καὶ ἐν τῇ χειρὶ τῇ δεξιᾷ αὐτῶν αἱ κερατίναι τοῦ σαλπίζειν καὶ ἀνέκραξαν ῥομφαία τῷ κυρίῳ καὶ τῷ Γεδεων 15 Gedeon fell on his knees when he heard what the dream was, and how it was interpreted. Back he went to the camp of Israel, and cried out, Bestir yourselves, the Lord has left the Madianite camp at our mercy. 16 Then he divided his men into three companies, and bade each man carry a trumpet, and an empty jar, and in the jar, a lighted torch. 17 Mark what I do, and do the same, he told them; when once I have reached the edge of the camp, follow, all of you, my example. 18 I shall hold up my trumpet and blow a blast, and you too must blow a blast, on different sides of the camp; then you will cry aloud, For the Lord and for Gedeon! 19 So Gedeon and his three hundred men reached the edge of the camp, just as the midnight watch began, when the newly posted guards were wide awake. Every trumpet blew, and every jar was shattered against its neighbour; 20 and on three sides of the camp, after the crashing of the jars, men stood there with torches in their left hands, and ringing trumpets in their right; and now the cry came, Your swords, now! For the Lord and for Gedeon! 15 Cumque audisset Gedeon somnium, et interpretationem ejus, adoravit: et reversus est ad castra Israël, et ait: Surgite, tradidit enim Dominus in manus nostras castra Madian. 16 Divisitque trecentos viros in tres partes, et dedit tubas in manibus eorum, lagenasque vacuas, ac lampades in medio lagenarum. 17 Et dixit ad eos: Quod me facere videritis, hoc facite: ingrediar partem castrorum, et quod fecero, sectamini. 18 Quando personuerit tuba in manu mea, vos quoque per castrorum circuitum clangite, et conclamate: Domino et Gedeoni. 19 Ingressusque est Gedeon, et trecenti viri qui erant cum eo, in partem castrorum, incipientibus vigiliis noctis mediæ: et custodibus suscitatis, cœperunt buccinis clangere, et complodere inter se lagenas. 20 Cumque per gyrum castrorum in tribus personarent locis, et hydrias confregissent, tenuerunt sinistris manibus lampades, et dextris sonantes tubas, clamaveruntque: Gladius Domini et Gedeonis:
21 καὶ ἔστησαν ἕκαστος κα{Q'} ἑαυτὸν κύκλῳ τῆς παρεμβολῆς καὶ ἔδραμον πᾶσα ἡ παρεμβολὴ καὶ ἐσήμαναν καὶ ἔφυγον 22 καὶ ἐσάλπισαν αἱ τριακόσιαι κερατίναι καὶ ἔθετο κύριος μάχαιραν ἀνδρὸς ἐν τῷ πλησίον αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐν ὅλῃ τῇ παρεμβολῇ καὶ ἔφυγεν ἡ παρεμβολὴ ἕως τῆς Βαιθασεττα καὶ συνηγμένη ἕως χείλους Αβελμεουλα καὶ ἐπὶ Ταβαθ 23 καὶ ἐβόησεν ἀνὴρ Ισραηλ ἐκ Νεφθαλιμ καὶ ἐξ Ασηρ καὶ ἐκ παντὸς Μανασση καὶ κατεδίωξαν ὀπίσω Μαδιαμ 24 καὶ ἀγγέλους ἐξαπέστειλεν Γεδεων ἐν παντὶ ὁρίῳ Εφραιμ λέγων κατάβητε εἰς συνάντησιν Μαδιαμ καὶ καταλάβετε ἑαυτοῖς τὸ ὕδωρ ἕως Βαιθβηρα καὶ τὸν Ιορδάνην καὶ ἐβόησεν πᾶς ἀνὴρ Εφραιμ καὶ προκατελάβοντο τὸ ὕδωρ ἕως Βαιθβηρα καὶ τὸν Ιορδάνην 25 καὶ συνέλαβον τοὺς δύο ἄρχοντας Μαδιαμ τὸν Ωρηβ καὶ τὸν Ζηβ καὶ ἀπέκτειναν τὸν Ωρηβ ἐν Σουριν καὶ τὸν Ζηβ ἀπέκτειναν ἐν Ιακεφζηβ καὶ κατεδίωξαν Μαδιαμ καὶ τὴν κεφαλὴν Ωρηβ καὶ Ζηβ ἤνεγκαν πρὸς Γεδεων ἐκ τοῦ πέραν τοῦ Ιορδάνου 21 Thus posted on different sides of the enemy’s camp, they threw all into confusion; and the Madianites fled, crying aloud for terror, 22 while the three hundred men still pressed on, and still the trumpets blew. And all through the camp the Lord spread destruction, friend turning his sword against friend; 23 till at last in their flight they reached as far as Bethsetta, and the river-bank at Abelmehula in Tebbath. Here the Israelites from Nephthali and Aser and the whole of Manasses gave chase; 24 Gedeon sent messengers, too, all through the hill-country of Ephraim, bidding them come down and confront Madian, seizing the water-courses that go down to Bethbera and the Jordan; so Ephraim raised the hue and cry, and intercepted both the water-courses and Jordan itself as far as Bethbera. 25 And they caught two Madianite chiefs, Oreb and Zeb, whom they put to death, Oreb at the Rock of Oreb and Zeb at Zeb’s Wine-press; then they went on with the pursuit of Madian. They were carrying the heads of Oreb and Zeb with them when they met Gedeon on the further side of Jordan. 21 stantes singuli in loco suo per circuitum castrorum hostilium. Omnia itaque castra turbata sunt, et vociferantes ululantesque fugerunt: 22 et nihilominus insistebant trecenti viri buccinis personantes. Immisitque Dominus gladium omnibus castris, et mutua se cæde truncabant, 23 fugientes usque ad Bethsetta, et crepidinem Abelmehula in Tebbath. Conclamantes autem viri Israël de Nephthali, et Aser, et omni Manasse, persequebantur Madian. 24 Misitque Gedeon nuntios in omnem montem Ephraim, dicens: Descendite in occursum Madian, et occupate aquas usque Bethbera atque Jordanem. Clamavitque omnis Ephraim, et præoccupavit aquas atque Jordanem usque Bethbera. 25 Apprehensosque 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 Jordanis.
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