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Judges Book 11

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1 Jephthah the Gileadite was a man of courage. He was the son of a harlot; Jephthah was born from Gilead.
2 And the wife of Gilead bore him sons. When the sons of the wife matured, they drove Jephthah away, saying to him: you are not an heir in the house of our father, because you are the son of another woman.
3 And Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tov; and idle people gathered to Jephthah and went out with him.

4 After some time, the Ammonites went to war against Israel.
5 During the war of the Ammonites with the Israelites, the elders of Gilead came to take Jephthah from the land of Tov
6 and they said to Jephthah, come, be our leader, and we will fight with the Ammonites.
7 Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, Did you not hate me and drive my father out of the house? why come to me now when you are in trouble?
eight The elders of Gilead said to Jephthah: for this we have now come to you, that you should go with us and fight with the Ammonites and be with us the leader of all the inhabitants of Gilead.
nine And Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, If you return me to fight with the Ammonites, and the Lord will betray them to me, will I remain your boss?
ten The elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, that the Lord be a witness between us, what we will do according to your word!
eleven And Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him leader and leader over them, and Jephthah uttered all his words before the Lord in Mizpah.

12 And Jephthah sent ambassadors to the king of Ammon to say: what do you care about me, that you came to fight with me in my land?
13 The king of Ammon said to the ambassadors of Jephthah: Israel, when it came from Egypt, took my land from Arnon to Javoc and Jordan; so return it to me in peace.
fourteen Jephthah another time sent messengers to the king of Ammon,
fifteen say to him: Jephthah saith thus: Israel did not take the land of Moab and the land of Ammon;
16 for when they came from Egypt, Israel went into the wilderness to the Red Sea and came to Kadesh;
17 from there Israel sent ambassadors to the king of Edom to say: 'let me pass through your land'; but the king of Edom did not listen; and he sent to the king of Moab, but even he did not agree; therefore, Israel remained in Kadesh.
18 And he went into the wilderness, and passed the land of Edom and the land of Moab, and, having come to the eastern border of the land of Moab, he pitched behind Arnon; but did not go into the borders of Moab, for Arnon is the limit of Moab.
19 And Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of Amor, king of Heshbon, and Israel said to him, Let us pass your land to our place.
20 But Sihon did not agree to let Israel pass through his borders, and Sihon gathered all his people, and pitched in Jahaz, and fought with Israel.
21 And the Lord God of Israel betrayed Sihon and all his people into the hands of Israel, and he beat them; and Israel inherited all the land of Amorrhea, who lived in that land;
22 and they inherited all the borders of the Amorites, from Arnon to Javoc, and from the wilderness to the Jordan.
23 So the Lord God of Israel cast out the Amorites from the face of His people Israel, and you want to take his inheritance?
24 Do you not own what your god Chamos gave you? And we own everything that the Lord our God gave us as an inheritance.
25 Are you better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he quarrel with Israel, or did he fight with them?
26 Israel has been living for three hundred years in Heshbon and in its dependent [cities], in Aroer and its dependent [cities], and in all the cities that are near Arnon; why didn't you take [them] at that time?
27 But I am not guilty before you, and you do evil to me by speaking out against me in war. Lord Judge, now be a judge between the sons of Israel and between the Ammonites!
28 But the king of Ammon did not listen to the words of Jephthah with whom he sent to him.

29th And the Spirit of the Lord was on Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he went to the Ammonites.
thirty And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord, and said, If thou shalt deliver the Ammonites into my hands,
31 then upon my return in peace from the Ammonites, what comes out of the gate of my house to meet me will be unto the Lord, and I will exalt this for a burnt offering.
32 And Jephthah came to the Ammonites to fight with them, and the Lord delivered them into his hands;
33 and struck them with a very great defeat, from Aroer to Minif twenty cities, and to Abel Keramim, and the Ammonites humbled themselves before the sons of Israel.
34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with tympans and faces: he had only one with him, and he did not have either a son or a daughter.
35 When he saw her, he tore his clothes and said: Ah, my daughter! you struck me; and you are among the troublemakers of my peace! I have opened [my mouth] before the Lord, and I cannot deny it.
36 She told him: my father! you have opened your mouth before the Lord - and do with me what your lips said when the Lord performed through you the vengeance of your enemies Ammonites.
37 And she said to her father: do only this to me: let me go for two months; I will go, go up to the mountains and pay my virginity with my friends.
38 He said go. And he let her go for two months. She went with her friends and mourned her virginity in the mountains.
39 After two months, she returned to her father, and he made his vow over her, which he gave, and she did not know her husband. And it became a custom with Israel,
40 that every year the daughters of Israel went to mourn the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite, four days a year.

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