The covenant between Jephthah and the Gileadites, that he should be their head.
Judges 11:1 Now, Jephthah the Gileadite, was a mighty man of valour, but, he, was the son of an unchaste woman,yet Gilead was the father of Jephthah. Judges 11:2 And the wife of Gilead bare him sons,and, when the wife's sons grew up, they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto himThou shalt not inherit with the house of our father, for, son of an alien woman, art thou. Judges 11:3 So Jephthah fled from the face of his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob,and there gathered about Jephthah unemployed men, who went forth with him.
Judges 11:4 And so it came to pass, after a time,that the sons of Ammon made war with Israel. Judges 11:5 When, therefore, it came to pass that the sons of Ammon made war with Israel, then went the elders of Gilead, to summon Jephthah out of the land of Tob. Judges 11:6 And they said to Jephthah, Oh! come and be our commander,that we may do battle with the sons of Ammon. Judges 11:7 But Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, Have not, ye, hated me, and thrust me out from the house of my father? Wherefore then, are ye come unto me, now, when ye are in distress? Judges 11:8 And the elders of Gilead said unto JephthahTherefore, have we, now, returned unto thee, that, if thou go with us, and do battle with the sons of Ammon, then shalt thou become our head, for all the inhabitants of Gilead. Judges 11:9 And Jephthah said unto the elders of GileadIf ye do bring me back to do battle with the sons of Ammon, and Yahweh deliver them up before me, shall, I myself, become your head? Judges 11:10 And the elders of Gilead said unto JephthahYahweh himself, will be hearkening between us, if, according to thy word, so, we do not. Judges 11:11 Then went Jephthah with the elders of Gilead, and the people set him over them, as head and commander,and Jephthah spake all his words before Yahweh, in Mizpah.
The treaty of peace between him and the Ammonites is in vain.
Judges 11:12 So then Jephthah sent messengers unto the king of the sons of Ammon, saying,What occasion is there between us, that thou shouldst have come unto me, to fight against my land? Judges 11:13 And the king of the sons of Ammon said unto the messengers of JephthahBecause Israel took away my land, when they came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even unto the Jabbok, and unto the Jordan,now, therefore, restore them in peace. Judges 11:14 And Jephthah yet once more sent messengers unto the king of the sons of Ammon; Judges 11:15 and said unto him, Thus, saith Jephthah,Israel took not away the land of Moab, or the land of the sons of Ammon; Judges 11:16 for, when they came up out of Egypt, and Israel journeyed through the desert as far as the Red Sea, and came in unto Kadesh, Judges 11:17 then did Israel send messengers unto the king of Edom, sayingLet me pass, I pray thee, through thy land, but the king of Edom hearkened not, unto the king of Moab also, sent they, but he would not consent,so Israel abode in Kadesh. Judges 11:18 Then journeyed they through the desert, and went round the land of Edom, and the land of Moab, and so came, from the rising of the sun, to the land of Moab, but encamped beyond Arnon,and entered not within the boundary of Moab, for, Arnon, is the boundary of Moab. Judges 11:19 Then did Israel send messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, king of Heshbon,and Israel said unto him, Let us pass, we pray thee, through thy land as far as my own place. Judges 11:20 But Sihon trusted not Israel, to pass through his boundary, so Sihon gathered together all his people, and encamped in Jahaz,and fought against Israel. Judges 11:21 Then did Yahweh, God of Israel, deliver up Sihon, and all his people, into the hand of Israel, and they smote them,so Israel took possession of all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that land. Judges 11:22 Yea they took possession of all the territory of the Amorites,from Arnon, even as far as the Jabbok, and from the desert, even as far as the Jordan. Judges 11:23 Now, therefore, it was, Yahweh God of Israel, that dispossessed the Amorites from before his people Israel,and shalt, thou, possess it? Judges 11:24 What Chemosh thy god giveth thee to possess, that, wilt thou not possess? and, whatsoever Yahweh our God hath set before us to possess, that, shall we not possess? Judges 11:25 Now, therefore, art thou, really better, than Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab? Hath there been any, striving at all, with Israel, or any, fighting at all, with them, Judges 11:26 all the time that Israel hath been dwelling in Heshbon and in her towns, and in Aroer and in her towns, and in all the cities that are on the banks of Arnon,for three hundred years? Wherefore, then, have ye not made a rescue within that time? Judges 11:27 I, therefore, have not sinned against thee; but, thou, art doing me a wrong, in fighting against me,Let Yahweh, the Judge, give judgment today, between the sons of Israel, and the sons of Ammon! Judges 11:28 But the king of the sons of Ammon hearkened not unto the words of Jephthah, which he sent unto him.
Judges 11:29 Then came upon Jephthah the spirit of Yahweh, and he passed through Gilead and Manasseh,and passed through Mizpeh of Gilead, and, from Mizpeh of Gilead, he passed through [unto] the sons of Ammon. Judges 11:30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto Yahweh, and said,If thou wilt, deliver, the sons of Ammon into my hand, Judges 11:31 then shall it be, that, whosoever cometh forth out of the doors of my house, to meet me, when I return successful, from the sons of Ammon, shall belong unto Yahweh, and I will offer him up, as an ascending-sacrifice.
His conquest of the Ammonites.
Judges 11:32 So then Jephthah passed over unto the sons of Ammon, to fight against them,and Yahweh delivered them into his hand; Judges 11:33 and he smote them, from Aroer even till thou enterest in to Minnith, even twenty cities, and as far as Abel-keramim, with an exceeding great smiting,and thus were the sons of Ammon subdued before the sons of Israel.
He performeth his vow on his daughter.
Judges 11:34 Then came Jephthah towards Mizpah, unto his own house, and lo! his daughter, coming forth to meet him, with timbrels, and with dances,and, she, was none other than his only child, he had not, besides her, either son or daughter. Judges 11:35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and saidAlas! my daughter, Thou hast, brought me low, Even, thou, hast come to be among them who trouble me,Yet, I, opened wide my mouth unto Yahweh, and cannot go back. Judges 11:36 And she said unto himMy father! Thou hast opened wide thy mouth unto Yahweh, Do with me, according to that which hath gone forth out of thy mouth,after that Yahweh hath exacted for thee an avenging from thine enemies, from the sons of Ammon. Judges 11:37 And she said unto her father, Let this thing, be done for me,Let me alone two months, that I may depart, and go down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my companions. Judges 11:38 And he saidDepart. So he let her go, for two months,and she departed, she and her companions, and bewailed her virginity, upon the mountains. Judges 11:39 And it came to pass, at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, and he fulfilled on her his vow which he had vowed,she not having known man. And it became a statute, in Israel: Judges 11:40 From year to year, departed the daughters of Israel, to lament aloud for the daughter of Jephthah, the Gileadite, four days in the year.