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So announce in the hearing of the soldiers, “If anyone is afraid or fearful, let him leave!(A) Let him depart from Mount Gilead!”[a] Twenty-two thousand of the soldiers left, but ten thousand remained.

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  1. 7:3 Mount Gilead: since the well-known highlands of Gilead were east of the Jordan River, some other hill of Gilead must be intended here. Perhaps its name is preserved in Ain Jalud (or Galud), the modern Arabic name of the spring of Harod, where Gideon’s army is encamped (v. 1). The narrator plays on the Hebrew word “fearful” (hared) and the name of the spring, harod.

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