The covenant between Jephthah and the Gileadites, that he should be their head.
Judges 11:1 And there was one Iephthath a Galaadite, a strong man, which was the sonne of an harlot. How be it Galaad begatte Iephthah. Judges 11:2 But Galaades wyfe bare hym sonnes, which when they were come to age, thrust out of Iephthah, & sayd vnto him: thou shalt not enheret in our fathers house, for thou art the sonne of a straunge woman. Judges 11:3 Then Iephthah fledde from hys brethren, & dwelt in þe lande of Tob. And there gathered Idle people to Iephthah, & went out with him.
Judges 11:4 But it chaunced in processe of tyme, that the children of Ammon made warre agaynst Israel, Judges 11:5 then the elbers of Galaad went & fet Iephthah out of þe lambe of Tob, Judges 11:6 & sayd vnto hym: come & be oure captayne, & let vs fyght with the chyldren of Ammon. Judges 11:7 And Iephthah sayd vnto the elders of Galaad. Dyd not ye hate me, & expell me out of my fathers house? how happeneth it then þt you come vnto me now in tyme of your trybulacyon? Judges 11:8 And the elders of Galaad aunswered Iephthah. Therfore we turne agayne to the now, that thou go with vs, & fight against the chyldren of Ammon, & be oure head ouer al the enhabiters of Galaad. Judges 11:9 And Iephthah said vnto the elders of Galaad: If ye brynge me home agayne to fyght wyth the chyldren of Ammon then yf the Lord delyuer them before me, I shalbe your head. Judges 11:10 And the elders of Galaad sayde to Iephthah, the Lorde be witnesse betwene vs, yf we do not accordynge to thy wordes. Judges 11:11 Then Iephthah went with the elders of Galaad. And the people made hym heade and ruler ouer them. And Iephthah rehersed all hys wordes in Mazphah.
The treaty of peace between him and the Ammonites is in vain.
Judges 11:12 Then Iephthah sent messengers vnto the Kynge of the chyldren of Ammon, sayinge: what aileth the with me that thou comest vpon me to fyght agaynst my lande? Judges 11:13 And the King of the chyldren of Ammon aunswered vnto þe messengers of Iephthah, because Israel toke away my land, when they came out of Egipt: euen from Arnon vnto Iabok, & from thence vnto Iordan. Now therfore restore those landes agayne wyth fayre meanes. Judges 11:14 And Iephthah sent messengers agayne vnto the chyldren of Ammon, Judges 11:15 & sayde vnto hym: thus sayth Iephthah. Israel toke not awaye the lande of Moab, nor the land of the chyldren of Ammon. Judges 11:16 But when Israel came out of Egypt, they walked thorow the wyldernesse, euen vnto the red sea & came to Cades, Judges 11:17 & sente messengers vnto the kynge of Edom sayinge: let vs we praye the go thorow thy lande. But þe kynge of Edom wolde not agre therto. And in lyke maner they sente vnto the Kynge of Moab, but he wolde not consent. And so Israel abode styll in Cades. Judges 11:18 And then they wente a longe thorowe the wildernesse, and compased the lande of Edom, & the lande of Moab, and came a longe by the eastsyde of the land of Moab, and pitched on the other syde the riuer of Arnon, and came not wythin the coastes of the Moabites: for Arnon was their vtmost border. Judges 11:19 And then Israel sent messengers vnto Sehon, Kynge of the Amorites, and Kynge of Hesbon, and said vnto him: Let vs passe thorow thy land vnto our owne countreye. Judges 11:20 But Sehon trusted not Israel, to go thorow hys coastes, but gathered all his people together and pytched in Iazah, and fought wyth Israell. Judges 11:21 But the Lord God of Israel delyuered Sehon and al his folcke into the handes of Israel. And so Israel smote them and conquered al the lande of the Amorites, the enhabiters of the sayde countreye. Judges 11:22 And they conquered al the coastes of þe Amorites, from Arnon vnto Iabok, and from the wyldernesse vnto Iordan. Judges 11:23 So now seyng the Lorde God of Israel hath cast out the Amorites before his people, shouldeste thou possesse the land? Judges 11:24 Naye, but what people Camos thy God dryueth out, that land possesse thou. But whatsoeuer nacyons the Lorde oure God expelleth, that land ought we to enioye. Judges 11:25 And therto art thou better then Balack the sonne of Zephor Kynge of Moab? dyd he stryue wyth Israell or fyghte againste them? Judges 11:26 all the wyle Israell dwelte in Hesbon and her tounes, and in Aroer and her tounes, and in all the cytyes that be a longe by the coastes of Arnon .iij. hundred yeres? why dydest thou not recouer them in all that space, Judges 11:27 wherfore I haue not synned agaynste the. But thou doest me wronge, to warre agaynste me. The Lorde therfore be iudge this daye, betwene the chyldren of Israel, and the children of Ammon. Judges 11:28 How be it the Kynge of the children of Ammon harkened not vnto the wordes of Iephthah, which he sent him.
Judges 11:29 Then the spirite of the Lorde came vpon Iephthah. And he passed ouer Galaad & Manasses, & came to Mazphah that lyeth in Galaad, and from thence vnto the children of Ammon. Judges 11:30 And Iephthah vowed a vowe vnto the Lorde and sayd: If thou shalt deliuer the children of Ammon into my handes, Judges 11:31 then that thinge þt cometh out of the dores of my house agaynst me, when I come home in peace, from the children of Ammon, shalbe the Lordes, and I wil offer it vp a burntoffering.
His conquest of the Ammonites.
Judges 11:32 And so Iephthah went vnto the children of Ammon to fyght wyth them. And the Lord deliuered them into his handes. Judges 11:33 And he smote them from Aroer vnto Menith .xx. cytyes. And so forth to the plaine of the vineiardes, and made an exceding great slaughter. And thus the chyldren of Ammon were brought vnder, before the chyldren of Israel.
He performeth his vow on his daughter.
Judges 11:34 Then Iephthah came to Mazphah vnto hys house. And se, his doughter came oute agaynste hym, wyth tymberelles & daunses, which was his onely child, so that beside her, he had neyther sonne nor doughter. Judges 11:35 And when he sawe her, he renth his clothes, & said: Alas my doughter, thou hast made me stoupe and art one of them, that trouble me. For I haue opened my mouth vnto the Lorde, & can not go backe. Judges 11:36 And she sayd vnto him: my father, yf thou haue opened thy mouth vnto þe Lord, then do wyth me accordinge to that proceded out of thy mouthe, for as muche as the Lorde hath aduenged the of thyne enemyes the children of Ammon. Judges 11:37 And she sayde vnto her father, do this muche for me: let me alone two monethes, that I may go doune to the mountaines, and bewaile my virginite with my felowes. Judges 11:38 And he sayde: go, and so he sente her away two monethes. And she went with her companyons, and lamented her maydenhead vpon the mountaines. Judges 11:39 And after the two monethes, she turned againe vnto her father, which dyd with her accordinge to his vowe, which he had vowed, & so she knewe no man. And it became an ordinaunce in Israell yere by yere, Judges 11:40 that the doughters of Israel shoulde go and lamente the doughter of Iephthah the Galaadite, foure dayes in a yere.