Judges 7:16-19 (NLT)
16 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. 17 Then he said to them, “Keep your eyes on me. When I come to the edge of the camp, do just as I do. 18 As soon as I and those with me blow the rams’ horns, blow your horns, too, all around the entire camp, and shout, ‘For the Lord and for Gideon!’”
19 It was just after midnight,  after the changing of the guard, when Gideon and the 100 men with him reached the edge of the Midianite camp. Suddenly, they blew the rams’ horns and broke their clay jars.
Hebrew, at the beginning of the second watch.
TIME OF DAY:
Gideon’s attack on the Midian camp took place at night, just after midnight (according to verse 19 above).
The crescent moon illuminates this scene with a cool, blue glow. Notice that “Earthshine”, which is the glow caused by sunlight reflected by the earth’s atmosphere, on the darker portion of a crescent moon.
The secondary source of light that illuminates this scene comes from the torches of the Israelites, and also from the campfires of the Midianites.
Gideon is in the foreground (in dark red), with some other Israelite soldiers.
There is a chaotic battle scene behind Gideon and his men. Notice two camels racing off in alarm, one of them dragging a tent with it!
We know from Judges 7:16 that Gideon gave “each man a ram’s horn and a clay jar with a torch in it.” You can see in the scene above the torches held up by Gideon and some of his men. There is a broken clay pot at the men’s feet.
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