Judges 7:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 7:15, NIV: When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed down and worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, 'Get up! The LORD has given the Midianite camp into your hands.'

Judges 7:15, ESV: As soon as Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped. And he returned to the camp of Israel and said, “Arise, for the LORD has given the host of Midian into your hand.”

Judges 7:15, KJV: And 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.

Judges 7:15, NASB: When Gideon heard the account of the dream and its interpretation, he bowed in worship. Then he returned to the camp of Israel and said, 'Arise, for the LORD has handed over to you the camp of Midian!'

Judges 7:15, NLT: When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed in worship before the LORD. Then he returned to the Israelite camp and shouted, 'Get up! For the LORD has given you victory over the Midianite hordes!'

Judges 7:15, CSB: When Gideon heard the account of the dream and its interpretation, he bowed in worship. He returned to Israel's camp and said, "Get up, for the Lord has handed the Midianite camp over to you."

What does Judges 7:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

God didn't owe Gideon a scenario to bolster His chosen deliverer's faith and confidence. Gideon has already been given an outsized portion of God's miraculous evidence (Judges 6:22; 36–40). The Lord could have accomplished exactly what He wanted to through Gideon without engineering this latest series of events. Still, these moments were designed specifically to strengthen Gideon's faith in God and His plan.

In His grace and mercy for Gideon, the Lord caused a man in the Midianite camp to have to dream and to tell that dream to his friend at the exact moment Gideon was there to overhear the dream (Judges 7:9–13). The Lord then enabled the man's friend to interpret the dream exactly. It was no coincidence. God sent Gideon to the camp to hear these exact words coming from the lips of one of the feared Midianite fighters:
"This is no other than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; God has given into his hand Midian and all the camp." (Judges 7:14)."
Gideon's response is the proper reaction. He worships God. He likely fell face down on the ground and prostrated himself before the Lord in a combination of humility and celebration. God knew exactly what it would take for Gideon to be convinced that God was able to save Israel through him. This moment marks something of a change in the once-hesitant man (Judges 6:15, 17). He will immediately return to the 300 men God has selected for the battle. He tells them the Lord has given the host of Midian into their hands. They will attack immediately.