Judges 11


11:1 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, and
 he [was] the son of a harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.
11:2 And Gilead's wife bore him sons; and his wife's sons grew
 up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said to him, Thou shalt
 not inherit in our father's house; for thou [art] the son of a
 strange woman.
11:3 Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land
 of Tob: and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and
 [they] went out with him.
11:4 And it came to pass in process of time, that the children
 of Ammon made war against Israel.
11:5 And it was so, that when the children of Ammon made war
 against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to bring Jephthah out
 of the land of Tob:
11:6 And they said to Jephthah, Come, and be our captain, that
 we may fight with the children of Ammon.
11:7 And Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, Did ye not hate
 me, and expel me from my father's house; and why have ye come
 to me now when ye are in distress?
11:8 And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, Therefore we
 turn again to thee now, that thou mayest go with us, and fight
 against the children of Ammon, and be our head over all the
 inhabitants of Gilead.
11:9 And Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, If ye bring me
 home again to fight against the children of Ammon, and the LORD
 deliver them before me, shall I be your head?
11:10 And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, The LORD be a
 witness between us, if we do not so according to thy words.
11:11 Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the
 people made him head and captain over them: and Jephthah
 uttered all his words before the LORD in Mizpeh.
11:12 And Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the children
 of Ammon, saying, What hast thou to do with me, that thou hast
 come against me to fight in my land?
11:13 And the king of the children of Ammon answered to the
 messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took away my land, when
 they came out of Egypt, from Arnon even to Jabbok, and to
 Jordan: now therefore restore those [lands] again peaceably.
11:14 And Jephthah sent messengers again to the king of the
 children of Ammon:
11:15 And said to him, Thus saith Jephthah, Israel took not away
 the land of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon:
11:16 But when Israel came up from Egypt, and walked through the
 wilderness to the Red sea, and came to Kadesh;
11:17 Then Israel sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying,
 Let me, I pray thee, pass through thy land: but the king of
 Edom would not hearken [to it]. And in like manner they sent to
 the king of Moab; but he would not [consent]. And Israel abode
 in Kadesh.
11:18 Then they went along through the wilderness, and compassed
 the land of Edom, and the land of Moab, and came by the east
 side of the land of Moab, and pitched on the other side of
 Arnon, but came not within the border of Moab: for Arnon [was]
 the border of Moab.
11:19 And Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites,
 the king of Heshbon; and Israel said to him, Let us pass, we
 pray thee, through thy land to my place.
11:20 But Sihon trusted not Israel to pass through his border:
 but Sihon collected all his people, and encamped in Jahaz, and
 fought against Israel.
11:21 And the LORD God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his
 people into the hand of Israel, and they smote them: so Israel
 possessed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that
 country.
11:22 And they possessed all the borders of the Amorites, from
 Arnon even to Jabbok, and from the wilderness even to Jordan.
11:23 So now the LORD God of Israel hath dispossessed the
 Amorites from before his people Israel, and shouldst thou
 possess it?
11:24 Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth
 thee to possess? So whomsoever the LORD our God shall drive out
 from before us, them will we possess.
11:25 And now [art] thou any thing better than Balak the son of
 Zippor king of Moab? did he ever strive against Israel, or did
 he ever fight against them,
11:26 While Israel dwelt in Heshbon and her towns, and in Aroer
 and her towns, and in all the cities that [are] along by the
 borders of Arnon, three hundred years? why therefore did ye not
 recover [them] within that time?
11:27 Wherefore I have not sinned against thee, but thou doest
 me wrong to war against me: the LORD the Judge be judge this
 day between the children of Israel and the children of Ammon.
11:28 But, the king of the children of Ammon hearkened not to
 the words of Jephthah which he sent him.
11:29 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he
 passed over Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of
 Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over [to] the
 children of Ammon.
11:30 And Jephthah vowed a vow to the LORD, and said, If thou
 shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into my hands,
11:31 Then it shall be, that whatever cometh out of the doors of
 my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children
 of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD'S, and I will offer it for a
 burnt-offering.
11:32 So Jephthah passed over to the children of Ammon to fight
 against them; and the LORD delivered them into his hands.
11:33 And he smote them from Aroer even till thou comest to
 Minnith, [even] twenty cities, and to the plain of the
 vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of
 Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel.
11:34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh to his house, and behold, his
 daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances:
 and she [was his] only child; beside her he had neither son nor
 daughter.
11:35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his
 clothes, and said Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very
 low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have
 opened my mouth to the LORD, and I cannot go back.
11:36 And she said to him, My father, [if] thou hast opened thy
 mouth to the LORD, do to me according to that which hath
 proceeded out of thy mouth; forasmuch as the LORD hath taken
 vengeance for thee of thy enemies, [even] of the children of
 Ammon.
11:37 And she said to her father, Let this thing be done for me:
 Let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the
 mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows.
11:38 And he said, Go. And he sent her away [for] two months:
 and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity
 upon the mountains.
11:39 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she
 returned to her father, who did with her [according] to his vow
 which he had vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in
 Israel,
11:40 [That] the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the
 daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.
 
 

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