Judges 7:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 7:17, NIV: Watch me,' he told them. 'Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do.

Judges 7:17, ESV: And he said to them, “Look at me, and do likewise. When I come to the outskirts of the camp, do as I do.

Judges 7:17, KJV: And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do.

Judges 7:17, NASB: Then he said to them, 'Look at me and do likewise. And behold, when I come to the outskirts of the camp, do as I do.

Judges 7:17, NLT: Then he said to them, 'Keep your eyes on me. When I come to the edge of the camp, do just as I do.

Judges 7:17, CSB: "Watch me," he said to them, "and do what I do. When I come to the outpost of the camp, do as I do.

What does Judges 7:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Gideon is giving instructions to his 300 men about how they will attack the Midianite camp in the valley below (Judges 7:1) He has given to each a ram's horn trumpet and a clay pitcher with a torch inside of it (Judges 7:16). Now he tells them to look at him and do as he does; this probably means Gideon was demonstrating what he wanted the men to do when he gives the signal. They will take positions all around the outskirts of the Midianite camp (Judges 7:18). When he blows his trumpet, smashes his pitcher, and shouts, they should do the same.

As the following passage demonstrates, this surprise "attack" will have devastating results. It will throw the enemy into a panic and result in a complete victory for Israel (Judges 7:19–23).