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Judges 11
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11Jephthah, a brave soldier from Gilead, was the son of a prostitute. His father GileadH3316H1569H1368H2428H1121H802H2181H1568H3205H3316 2had other sons by his wife, and when they grew up, they forced Jephthah to leave home. They told him, "You will not inherit anything from our father; you are the son of another woman."H1568H802H3205H1121H802H1121H1431H1644H3316H559H5157H1H1004H1121H312H802 3Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob. There he attracted a group of worthless men, and they went around with him.H3316H1272H6440H251H3427H776H2897H3950H7386H582H3316H3318 4It was some time later that the Ammonites went to war against Israel.H3117H1121H5983H3898H3478 5When this happened, the leaders of Gilead went to bring Jephthah back from the land of Tob.H1121H5983H3898H3478H2205H1568H3212H3947H3316H776H2897 6They told him, "Come and lead us, so that we can fight the Ammonites."H559H3316H3212H7101H3898H1121H5983 7But Jephthah answered, "You hated me so much that you forced me to leave my father's house. Why come to me now that you're in trouble?"H3316H559H2205H1568H8130H1644H1H1004H935H6887 8They said to Jephthah, "We are turning to you now because we want you to go with us and fight the Ammonites and lead all the people of Gilead."H2205H1568H559H3316H7725H1980H3898H1121H5983H7218H3427H1568 9Jephthah said to them, "If you take me back home to fight the Ammonites and the LORD gives me victory, I will be your ruler."H3316H559H2205H1568H7725H3898H1121H5983H3068H5414H6440H7218 10They replied, "We agree. The LORD is our witness."H2205H1568H559H3316H3068H8085H6213H1697 11So Jephthah went with the leaders of Gilead, and the people made him their ruler and leader. Jephthah stated his terms at Mizpah in the presence of the LORD.H3316H3212H2205H1568H5971H7760H7218H7101H3316H1696H1697H6440H3068H4709 12Then Jephthah sent messengers to the king of Ammon to say, "What is your quarrel with us? Why have you invaded our country?"H3316H7971H4397H4428H1121H5983H559H935H3898H776 13The king of Ammon answered Jephthah's messengers, "When the Israelites came out of Egypt, they took away my land from the Arnon River to the Jabbok River and the Jordan River. Now you must give it back peacefully."H4428H1121H5983H559H4397H3316H3478H3947H776H5927H4714H769H2999H3383H7725H7965 14Jephthah sent messengers back to the king of AmmonH3316H7971H4397H3254H4428H1121H5983 15with this answer: "It is not true that Israel took away the land of Moab or the land of Ammon.H559H559H3316H3478H3947H776H4124H776H1121H5983 16This is what happened: when the Israelites left Egypt, they went through the desert to the Gulf of Aqaba and came to Kadesh.H3478H5927H4714H3212H4057H5488H3220H935H6946 17Then they sent messengers to the king of Edom to ask permission to go through his land. But the king of Edom would not let them. They also asked the king of Moab, but neither would he let them go through his land. So the Israelites stayed at Kadesh.H3478H7971H4397H4428H123H559H5674H776H4428H123H8085H7971H4428H4124H14H3478H3427H6946 18Then they went on through the desert, going around the land of Edom and the land of Moab until they came to the east side of Moab, on the other side of the Arnon River. They camped there, but they did not cross the Arnon because it was the boundary of Moab.H3212H4057H5437H776H123H776H4124H935H4217H8121H776H4124H2583H5676H769H935H1366H4124H769H1366H4124 19Then the Israelites sent messengers to Sihon, the Amorite king of Heshbon, and asked him for permission to go through his country to their own land.H3478H7971H4397H5511H4428H567H4428H2809H3478H559H5674H776H5704H4725 20But Sihon would not let Israel do it. He brought his whole army together, camped at Jahaz, and attacked Israel.H5511H539H3478H5674H1366H5511H622H5971H622H2583H3096H3898H3478 21But the LORD, the God of Israel, gave the Israelites victory over Sihon and his army. So the Israelites took possession of all the territory of the Amorites who lived in that country.H3068H430H3478H5414H5511H5971H3027H3478H5221H3478H3423H776H567H3427H776 22They occupied all the Amorite territory from the Arnon in the south to the Jabbok in the north and from the desert on the east to the Jordan on the west.H3423H1366H567H769H2999H4057H3383 23So it was the LORD, the God of Israel, who drove out the Amorites for his people, the Israelites.H3068H430H3478H3423H567H6440H5971H3478H3423 24Are you going to try to take it back? You can keep whatever your god Chemosh has given you. But we are going to keep everything that the LORD, our God, has taken for us.H3423H3645H430H3423H3068H430H3423H6440H3423 25Do you think you are any better than Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab? He never challenged Israel, did he? Did he ever go to war against us?H2896H1111H1121H6834H4428H4124H7378H7378H3478H3898H3898 26For three hundred years Israel has occupied Heshbon and Aroer, and the towns around them, and all the cities on the banks of the Arnon River. Why haven't you taken them back in all this time?H3478H3427H2809H1323H6177H1323H5892H3027H769H7969H3967H8141H5337H6256 27No, I have not done you any wrong. You are doing wrong by making war on me. The LORD is the judge. He will decide today between the Israelites and the Ammonites."H2398H6213H853H7451H3898H3068H8199H8199H3117H1121H3478H1121H5983 28But the king of Ammon paid no attention to this message from Jephthah.H4428H1121H5983H8085H1697H3316H7971 29Then the spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah. He went through Gilead and Manasseh and returned to Mizpah in Gilead and went on to Ammon.H7307H3068H3316H5674H1568H4519H5674H4708H1568H4708H1568H5674H1121H5983 30Jephthah promised the LORD: "If you will give me victory over the Ammonites,H3316H5087H5088H3068H559H5414H5414H1121H5983H3027 31I will burn as an offering the first person that comes out of my house to meet me, when I come back from the victory. I will offer that person to you as a sacrifice."H3318H3318H1817H1004H7125H7725H7965H1121H5983H3068H5927H5930 32So Jephthah crossed the river to fight the Ammonites, and the LORD gave him victory.H3316H5674H1121H5983H3898H3068H5414H3027 33He struck at them from Aroer to the area around Minnith, twenty cities in all, and as far as Abel Keramim. There was a great slaughter, and the Ammonites were defeated by Israel.H5221H6177H935H4511H6242H5892H58H3754H64H3966H1419H4347H1121H5983H3665H6440H1121H3478

Jephthah’s Daughter

34When Jephthah went back home to Mizpah, there was his daughter coming out to meet him, dancing and playing the tambourine. She was his only child.H3316H935H4709H1004H1323H3318H7125H8596H4246H3173H1121H176H1323 35When he saw her, he tore his clothes in sorrow and said, "Oh, my daughter! You are breaking my heart! Why must it be you that causes me pain? I have made a solemn promise to the LORD, and I cannot take it back!"H7200H7167H899H559H162H1323H3766H3766H3766H5916H6475H6310H3068H3201H7725 36She told him, "If you have made a promise to the LORD, do what you said you would do to me, since the LORD has given you revenge on your enemies, the Ammonites."H559H1H6475H6310H3068H6213H834H3318H6310H310H3068H6213H5360H341H1121H5983 37But she asked her father, "Do this one thing for me. Leave me alone for two months, so that I can go with my friends to wander in the mountains and grieve that I must die a virgin."H559H1H1697H6213H7503H8147H2320H3212H3381H2022H1058H1331H7464H7474 38He told her to go and sent her away for two months. She and her friends went up into the mountains and grieved because she was going to die unmarried and childless.H559H3212H7971H8147H2320H3212H7464H1058H1331H2022 39After two months she came back to her father. He did what he had promised the LORD, and she died still a virgin. This was the origin of the custom in IsraelH7093H8147H2320H7725H1H6213H5088H5087H3045H376H2706H3478 40that the Israelite women would go out for four days every year to grieve for the daughter of Jephthah of Gilead.H1323H3478H3212H3117H3117H8567H1323H3316H1569H702H3117H8141


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