Yahweh said to Gideon, “The people are still too many. Bring them down to the water and I will separate them for you there. And he of whom I say to you, ‘This one can go with you,’ he will go with you; and of whomever I say to you, ‘This one cannot go with you,’ he cannot go.” Bible see other translations

“separate them.” This is a word used in the refining of metals.

Commentary for: Judges 7:4