Matthew Poole Commentary - Judges 7:19 - 7:19

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Matthew Poole Commentary - Judges 7:19 - 7:19


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Of the middle watch, i.e. of the second watch; for though afterwards the night was divided into four watches by the Romans, Mat_14:25, yet in more ancient times, and in the eastern parts, it was divided into three. He chose the dark and dead of the night to increase their terror by the trumpets, whose sound would then be loudest and best heard, and the lamps, whose light would then shine most brightly, and seem biggest, to surprise them at disadvantage, and to conceal the smallness of their numbers.