Judges 7:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 7:16, NIV: Dividing the three hundred men into three companies, he placed trumpets and empty jars in the hands of all of them, with torches inside.

Judges 7:16, ESV: And he divided the 300 men into three companies and put trumpets into the hands of all of them and empty jars, with torches inside the jars.

Judges 7:16, KJV: And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.

Judges 7:16, NASB: And he divided the three hundred men into three units, and he put trumpets and empty pitchers into the hands of all of them, with torches inside the pitchers.

Judges 7:16, NLT: He divided the 300 men into three groups and gave each man a ram's horn and a clay jar with a torch in it.

Judges 7:16, CSB: Then he divided the three hundred men into three companies and gave each of the men a ram's horn in one hand and an empty pitcher with a torch inside it in the other hand.

What does Judges 7:16 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Gideon and his 300 men (Judges 7:2–9) are preparing to attack the massive Midianite horde (Judges 6:1–5; 8:10) in their camp below. Whether this strategy was directly given by God, or merely inspired by Him, the Bible does not say. The plan comes from Gideon, and Gideon is the one who administers it.

He divides the task force into three groups of one hundred men. He gives each man a trumpet and a clay jar or pitcher with a torch inside of it. The trumpet would have been a ram's horn or shofar. The shofar is still blown today in various Jewish religious services. The torch would likely have been made of reeds or something similar; these would have given off little light until exposed. Gideon gives specific instructions for what to do with these items in the following verses.