JUDGES 7:20

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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 they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.”

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Judges 7:20 Translation & Meaning

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And the three שְׁלֹ֨שֶׁת Three; occasionally (ordinal) third, or (multiple) thrice three
companies הָֽרָאשִׁ֥ים The head (as most easily shaken), whether literal or figurative (in many applications, of place, time, rank, itc.) companies
blew וַֽ֠יִּתְקְעוּ To clatter, i.e., slap (the hands together), clang (an instrument); by analogy, to drive (a nail or tent-pin, a dart, etc.); by implication, to become bondsman by handclasping) blew
the trumpets, בַּשּֽׁוֹפָרוֹת֮ A cornet (as giving a clear sound) or curved horn trumpets
and brake וַיִּשְׁבְּר֣וּ To burst (literally or figuratively) brake
the pitchers, הַכַּדִּים֒ Properly, a pail; but generally of earthenware; a jar for domestic purposes pitchers
and held וַיַּֽחֲזִ֤יקוּ To fasten upon; hence, to seize, be strong (figuratively, courageous, causatively strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer held
the lamps בַּלַּפִּדִ֔ים A flambeau, lamp or flame lamps
in their left שְׂמאוֹלָם֙ Properly, dark (as enveloped), i.e., the north; hence (by orientation), the left hand left
hands, בְיַד A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] hands
and the trumpets הַשּֽׁוֹפָר֖וֹת A cornet (as giving a clear sound) or curved horn trumpets
in their right יְמִינָ֔ם The right hand or side (leg, eye) of a person or other object (as the stronger and more dexterous); locally, the south right
hands וּבְיַ֨ד A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] hands
to blow לִתְק֑וֹעַ To clatter, i.e., slap (the hands together), clang (an instrument); by analogy, to drive (a nail or tent-pin, a dart, etc.); by implication, to become bondsman by handclasping) blow
withal: (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
and they cried, וַֽיִּקְרְא֔וּ To call out to (i.e., properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications) cried
The sword חֶ֥רֶב Drought; also a cutting instrument (from its destructive effect), as a knife, sword, or other sharp implement sword
of the Lord, לַֽיהוָ֖ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
and of Gideon. וּלְגִדְעֽוֹן׃ Gidon, an Israelite Gideon

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  • 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 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.

  • 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 they 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 host fled to Beth-shittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abel-meholah, unto Tabbath.




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