The covenant between Jephthah and the Gileadites, that he should be their head.
Judges 11:1 And there was one Iephthaha Gileadite, a strong man, þe sonne of an harlott: and Gilead begat Iephthah. Judges 11:2 And Gileads wyfe bare him sonnes, which when they were come to age, thrust out Iephthah, and sayd vnto him: þu shalt not enheret in oure fathers house, for þu art the sonne of a straung woman. Judges 11:3 Then Iephtah fledd from his brethren, & dwelt in the land of Tob. And there geathered ydle men to Iephthah, and went out wt him.
Judges 11:4 And it chaunced in processe of tyme, þt the children of Ammon made warre agaynst Israel. Judges 11:5 And whan the children of Ammon fought thus agaynst Israel, the elders of Gilead went to fett Iephthah out of the land of Tob Judges 11:6 and sayd vnto him: come & be oure captayne, þt we maye fyght wt the children of Ammon. Judges 11:7 Iephthah answered þe elders of Gilead: did not ye hate me & expell me out of my fathers house? how happeneth it then, þt you come vnto me now in tyme of youre tribulacion? Judges 11:8 And the elders of Gilead sayde vnto Iephthah: Therfore we turne agayne to the now, þt þu mayest go wt vs, & fight agaynst the children of Ammon and be oure heed ouer all the enhabiters of Gilead. Judges 11:9 And Iephthah sayde vnto þe elders of Gilead: If ye brynge me home agayn, to fight with the children of Ammon, then yf the Lord deliuer them before me, shall I be your heed? Judges 11:10 And þe elders of Gilead sayde to Iephthah: þt Lorde be witnesse betwene vs yf we do not according to thy wordes. Judges 11:11 Then Iephthah went wyth the elders of Gilead. And the people made hym heed and ruler ouer them. And Iephthah rehearsed all hys wordes before the Lorde in Mizpa.
The treaty of peace between him and the Ammonites is in vain.
Judges 11:12 And Iephthah sent messenges vnto þe king of the children of Ammon, saying: what hast thou to do wt me, þt þu art come agaynst me, to fight in my land? Judges 11:13 The king of þe children of Ammon answered vnto the messengers of Iephthah: Because Israel toke awaye my land, when they came out of Egypt: euen from Arnon vnto Iabok, and vnto Iordan. Now therfore restore those landes agayne wt faire meanes. Judges 11:14 And Iephthah sent messegers again vnto the children of Ammon Judges 11:15 and sayd vnto him: thus sayth Iepthah: Israel toke not awaye the land of Moab, nor þe land of þe children of Ammon. Judges 11:16 But when Israel came out of Egypt, & walked thorow þe wildernesse, euen vnto þe redd see, they came to Cades Judges 11:17 & sent messengers vnto the king of Edom, saying: let me (I praye þe) go thorow thy land. But the king of Edom wolde not agre therto. And in lyke maner they sent vnto þe king of Moab, but he wold not consent. And so Israel abode stil in Cades. Judges 11:18 And then they went along thorow the wildernesse, & compased þe lande of Edom, & the land of Moab, & came a long by the east syde of þe land of Moab, & pitched on þe othersyde of Arnon, & wolde not come with in the coaste of Moab: for Arnon was þe vtmost border of Moab. Judges 11:19 And then Israel sent messengers vnto Schon, king of the Amorites, & king of Hesbon, & sayd vnto him: Lett vs passe thorow thy land vnto oure awne contreye. Judges 11:20 But Sehon consented not to Israel, þt he shulde go thorow hys coast: but gathered all his people togeather, & pitched in Iazah, & fought wt Israel. Judges 11:21 And þe Lord God of Israel delyuered Sehon & all his folke into þe handes of Israel. And so Israel smote them & conquered all þe land of the Amorites, the enhabiters of the sayde contrey. Judges 11:22 And they conquered all the coastes of the Amorites, from Arnon vnto Iabok, & from the wildernesse vnto Iordan. Judges 11:23 So now, seyng the Lorde God of Israel hath cast out the Amorites before hys people Israel, shuldest thou possesse the land? Judges 11:24 Naye, but what people, Camos thy God dryueth out, that land possesse þu. Euen so whatsoeuer nacion the Lorde oure God expelleth, that lande ought we to enioye. Judges 11:25 And art thou better then Balack the sonne of Zephor king of Moab? dyd he striue wt Israel or fyght agaynst them, Judges 11:26 all the whyle Israel dwelt in Hesbon and her townes, in Aroer & her townes, & in all the cyties þt be a longe by the coastes of Arnon, thre hundred yeres? why dydist thou not recouer them in all that space? Judges 11:27 Wherfore I haue not synned agaynst the. But thou doest me wronge, to warre agaynst me. The Lorde therfore which is a Iudge be Iudge thys daye betwene the children of Israel, and the children of Ammon. Judges 11:28 Howbeit the kynge of the chyldren of Ammon, harkened not vnto the wordes of Iephthah, which he sent him.
Judges 11:29 Then the sprete of the Lorde came vpon Iephthah. And he passed ouer to Gylead & to Manasses, & came to Mazphah that lieth in Gilead, and from thence vnto the chyldren of Ammon. Judges 11:30 And Iephthah vowed a vowe vnto the Lord, and sayd: If thou shalt delyuer the chyldren of Ammon into my handes, Judges 11:31 then that thinge that cometh oute of the dores of my house against me, when I come home in peace, from the chyldren of Ammon, shalbe the Lordes, and I wyll offer it vp for a burnt offering:
His conquest of the Ammonites.
Judges 11:32 And so Iephthah went vnto the children of Ammon to fyght wt them. And the Lord delyuered them into hys handes. Judges 11:33 And he smote them from Aroer tyll thou come to Menith, euen .xx. cytes: and so forth to the playne of the vyneyardes, with an exceding great slaughter. And thus the children of Ammon were brought vnder, before the chyldren of Israel
He performeth his vow on his daughter.
Judges 11:34 When Iephthah came to Mazphah vnto his house, se, his daughter came out agaynst him, with tymberelles & daunses, which was his onely childe: so that besyde her, he had nether sonne, nor daughter. Judges 11:35 And when he sawe her, he rent his clothes, and sayde: Alas my daughter, thou hast brought me lowe, and art one of them that trouble me. For I haue opened my mouth vnto the Lord, and cannot go backe. Judges 11:36 And she sayd vnto him: my father, yf þu haue opened thy mouth vnto the Lorde, then do wt me accordyng to it that proceaded out of thy mouth, for as moch as the Lorde hath aduenged the of thyne enemyes the chyldren of Ammon. Judges 11:37 And she sayde vnto her father: do thys moche for me: lett me alone two monethes, that I maye go downe to the mountaynes, & be wayle my virginyte, I & my felowes. Judges 11:38 And he sayd: go, & he sent her awaye two monethes. And so she went with her companions, & lamented her maydenheed vpon the mountaynes. Judges 11:39 And after the ende of the two monethes, she turned agayne vnto her father, which dyd with her accordynge to hys vowe which he had vowed, & she had knowne no man. And it grewe to a custome in Israel. Judges 11:40 The daughters of Israel came yere by yere to lament the daughter of Iephthah the Gyleadite, foure dayes in a yere.