Judges 7:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 7:9, NIV: During that night the LORD said to Gideon, 'Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands.

Judges 7:9, ESV: That same night the LORD said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have given it into your hand.

Judges 7:9, KJV: And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand.

Judges 7:9, NASB: Now on the same night it came about that the LORD said to him, 'Arise, go down against the camp, for I have handed it over to you.

Judges 7:9, NLT: That night the LORD said, 'Get up! Go down into the Midianite camp, for I have given you victory over them!

Judges 7:9, CSB: That night the Lord said to him, "Get up and attack the camp, for I have handed it over to you.

What does Judges 7:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After spending the day reducing the size of Gideon's army down to a relatively minuscule 300 men (Judges 7:5–8), the Lord speaks to Gideon at night. His command is to attack the Midianite camp. God insists that Gideon's victory is already assured. The instruction here is undoubtedly one for battle: the moment has come for Israel to defeat her enemies.

Even so, God is aware of Gideon's secret thoughts and fears (1 Samuel 16:7). To this point, Gideon's anxious nature has been evident (Judges 6:15, 17, 27, 36–40). So, once again, God will provide reassurance. In the next verse, God will let Gideon make a secret spy mission, if he is afraid to attack immediately (Judges 7:10). That trip will provide Gideon with the boost of faith he needs to make a daring, aggressive attack against the Midianites.