Judges 11

Jdg 11:1 And Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. And he was the son of a harlot woman; and Gilead fathered Jephthah.
Jdg 11:2 And the wife of Gilead bore sons to him. And the sons of the wife grew up, and they threw Jephthah out, and said to him, You shall not inherit in the house of your father, for you are the son of another woman.
Jdg 11:3 And Jephthah fled from the face of his brothers, and lived in the land of Tob. And worthless men were gathered to Jephthah, and went out with him.
Jdg 11:4 And it happened after some time, the sons of Ammon fought with Israel.
Jdg 11:5 And it happened when the sons of Ammon fought with Israel, the elders of Gilead went to bring Jephthah from the land of Tob.
Jdg 11:6 And they said to Jephthah, Come, and you shall be our commander, that we may fight against the sons of Ammon.
Jdg 11:7 And Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, Have you not hated me? Yea, you threw me out from my father’s house. Why have you come to me when you are in distress?
Jdg 11:8 And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, For this reason we have come back to you now; and you shall go with us and fight against the sons of Ammon. And you shall be our head, to all the people of Gilead.
Jdg 11:9 And Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, If you take me back to fight against the sons of Ammon, and Jehovah gives them up before me, shall I be your head?
Jdg 11:10 And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, Jehovah shall be witness between us; surely we will do according to your word.
Jdg 11:11 And Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people appointed him head over them, and as commander. And Jephthah spoke all his words before Jehovah in Mizpeh.
Jdg 11:12 And Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the sons of Ammon, saying, What have you to do with me, that you have come in to me to fight in my land?
Jdg 11:13 And the king of the sons of Ammon said to the messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took my land when he came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even to the Jabbok, and to the Jordan. And now, restore them in peace.
Jdg 11:14 And Jephthah again sent messengers to the king of the sons of Ammon,
Jdg 11:15 and said to him, So says Jephthah, Israel did not take the land of Moab, and the land of the sons of Ammon.
Jdg 11:16 For when they came up out of Egypt, Israel went in the wilderness to the Sea of Reeds, and came in at Kadesh.
Jdg 11:17 And Israel sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, Please let me pass on through your land, and the king of Edom did not listen. And Israel sent also to the king of Moab, and he was not willing. And Israel remained in Kadesh.
Jdg 11:18 And he went through the wilderness, and went around the land of Edom, and the land of Moab, and came in at the rising of the sun to the land of Moab. And they camped beyond Arnon, and did not come into the border of Moab, for Arnon was the border of Moab.
Jdg 11:19 And Israel sent messengers to Sihon, the king of the Amorites the king of Heshbon, and Israel said to him, Please let us pass on through your land, to my place.
Jdg 11:20 And Sihon did not trust Israel to pass on through his border. And Sihon gathered all his people and they camped in Jahaz, and fought with Israel.
Jdg 11:21 And Jehovah the God of Israel gave Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they struck them. And Israel took possession of all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that land.
Jdg 11:22 And they took possession of all the border of the Amorites from Arnon and to the Jabbok, and from the wilderness, and to the Jordan.
Jdg 11:23 And now, Jehovah our God has dispossessed the Amorite from before His people Israel. And would you possess it?
Jdg 11:24 Whatever Chemosh your god causes you to possess, do you not possess it? And all that which Jehovah our God has dispossessed from before us, we will possess!
Jdg 11:25 And now, are you at all any better than Balak the son of Zippor, the king of Moab? And striving, did he strive with Israel? Did he ever fight against them?
Jdg 11:26 When Israel lived in Heshbon and its towns, and in Aroer and in its towns, in all the cities by the sides of Arnon three hundred years, then why have you not delivered them in that time?
Jdg 11:27 So I have not sinned against you, and you are doing me wrong to fight against me. Jehovah the Judge shall judge today between the sons of Israel and the sons of Ammon.
Jdg 11:28 And the king of the sons of Ammon did not listen to the words of Jephthah which he sent to him.
Jdg 11:29 And the Spirit of Jehovah was on Jephthah. And he passed through Gilead and Manasseh, and passed through Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed on to the sons of Ammon.
Jdg 11:30 And Jephthah vowed a vow to Jehovah, and said, If You will indeed give the sons of Ammon into my hand,
Jdg 11:31 then it shall be that anything which comes out from the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the sons of Ammon, it shall belong to Jehovah; and I will offer it instead of a burnt offering.
Jdg 11:32 And Jephthah passed over to the sons of Ammon to fight against them. And Jehovah delivered them into his hand.
Jdg 11:33 And he struck them from Aroer until you come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and to the Meadow of the Vineyard, a very great destruction. And the sons of Ammon were humbled before the sons of Israel.
Jdg 11:34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh to his house. And, behold his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels, and with choruses. And she only, she alone; there was no other son or daughter to him.
Jdg 11:35 And it happened when he saw her, he tore his garments, and said, Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low, and you are among those making me low. And surely I have opened my mouth to Jehovah, and I am not able to take it back.
Jdg 11:36 And she said to him, My father, you have opened your mouth to Jehovah. Do to me whatever has gone out of your mouth, since Jehovah has taken vengeance for you on your enemies, on the sons of Ammon.
Jdg 11:37 And she said to her father, Let this thing be done to me. Leave me alone two months, and let me go and descend on the mountains. And I will weep for my virginity, my friends and I.
Jdg 11:38 And he said, Go. And he sent her away two months. And she went, she and her friends. And she wept for her virginity on the mountains.
Jdg 11:39 And it happened at the end of two months, she returned to her father. And he did to her his vow which he had vowed. And she never knew a man. And it is a fixed custom in Israel,
Jdg 11:40 from days to days, the daughters of Israel go to tell again of the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite, four days in a year.

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