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God first had Gideon reduce his army by sending 22,000 men who were fearful and afraid back home, leaving only 10,000 to face the 135,000 Midianites (Judges 8:10). Then it was further diminished to only 300 men who did not "bow down upon their knees to drink water," but instead "lapped of the water...as a dog lappeth" (Judges 7:5-6). No explanation for this choice is given, but it probably was based on alertness, just as the first was based on courage. The men may have drunk from cupped hands rather than directly from the brook surface.
KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8