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Judges 12

The Ephraimites, quarrelling with Jephthah, and discerned by Shibboleth, are slain by the Gileadites.

Judges 12:1 And the men of Ephraim were called together, and passed over northwards, and said to Jephthah, Why didst thou pass over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? We will burn thy house upon thee with fire. Judges 12:2 And Jephthah said to them, I was at great strife, I and my people, with the children of Ammon; and I called you, but ye saved me not out of their hand. Judges 12:3 And when I saw that ye would not save me, I put my life in my hand, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and Jehovah gave them into my hand. Why then are ye come up to me this day, to fight against me? Judges 12:4 And Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim; and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because they said, Ye, Gilead, ye are fugitives of Ephraim in the midst of Ephraim, [and] in the midst of Manasseh. Judges 12:5 And Gilead took the fords of the Jordan before Ephraim; and it came to pass that when the fugitives of Ephraim said, Let me go over, the men of Gilead said to him, Art thou an Ephraimite? and he said, No. Judges 12:6 Then they said to him, Say now Shibboleth! and he said, Sibboleth, and did not manage to pronounce [it] rightly. Then they took him, and slaughtered him at the fords of the Jordan. And there fell at that time of Ephraim forty-two thousand.

Jephthah dieth.

Judges 12:7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years. And Jephthah the Gileadite died, and was buried in [one of] the cities of Gilead.

Ibzan, who had thirty sons, and thirty daughters,

Judges 12:8 And after him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel. Judges 12:9 And he had thirty sons; and thirty daughters he sent out of the house, and thirty daughters he took in from abroad for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years. Judges 12:10 And Ibzan died, and was buried at Bethlehem.

and Elon,

Judges 12:11 And after him Elon, the Zebulonite, judged Israel; and he judged Israel ten years. Judges 12:12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, and was buried in Ajalon in the land of Zebulun.

and Abdon, who had forty sons and thirty nephews, judge Israel.

Judges 12:13 And after him Abdon the son of Hillel, the Pirathonite, judged Israel. Judges 12:14 And he had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy ass colts. And he judged Israel eight years. Judges 12:15 And Abdon the son of Hillel, the Pirathonite, died, and was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill-country of the Amalekites.

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