Mighty Man of Valour – Judges 11

The Book of Judges

Judges 11:1 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of  valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat  Jephthah. 

Judges 11:2 And Gilead’s wife bare him sons; and his  wife’s sons grew up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said  unto him, Thou shalt not inherit in our father’s house; for  thou art the son of a strange woman.

Judges 11:3 Then  Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of  Tob: and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and  went out with him.  

Judges 11:4 And it came to pass in process of time, that the  children of Ammon made war against Israel. 

Judges 11:5 And it  was so, that when the children of Ammon made war against  Israel, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah out of the  land of Tob: 

Judges 11:6 And they said unto Jephthah, Come,  and be our captain, that we may fight with the children of  Ammon. 

Judges 11:7 And Jephthah said unto the elders of  Gilead, Did not ye hate me, and expel me out of my father’s  house? and why are ye come unto me now when ye are in  distress? 

Judges 11:8 And the elders of Gilead said unto  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.  

Judges 11:9 And Jephthah said unto 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? 

Judges 11:10 And the elders of Gilead said unto  Jephthah, The LORD be witness between us, if we do not so  according to thy words. 

Judges 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.  

Judges 11:12 And Jephthah sent messengers unto the king of  the children of Ammon, saying, What hast thou to do with  me, that thou art come against me to fight in my land?  

Judges 11:13 And the king of the children of Ammon answered  unto the messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took away  my land, when they came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even  unto Jabbok, and unto Jordan: now therefore restore those  lands again peaceably. 

Judges 11:14 And Jephthah sent  messengers again unto the king of the children of Ammon:  

Judges 11:15 And said unto him, Thus saith Jephthah, Israel took  not away the land of Moab, nor the land of the children of  Ammon: 

Judges 11:16 But when Israel came up from Egypt, and  walked through the wilderness unto the Red sea, and came  to Kadesh; 

Judges 11:17 Then Israel sent messengers unto the  king of Edom, saying, Let me, I pray thee, pass through thy  land: but the king of Edom would not hearken thereto.  And in like manner they sent unto the king of Moab: but he  would not consent: and Israel abode in Kadesh. 

Judges 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. 

Judges 11:19 And  Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, the  king of Heshbon; and Israel said unto him, Let us pass, we  pray thee, through thy land into my place. 

Judges 11:20 But  Sihon trusted not Israel to pass through his coast: but Sihon  gathered all his people together, and pitched in Jahaz, and  fought against Israel. 

Judges 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. 

Judges 11:22 And they  possessed all the coasts of the Amorites, from Arnon even  unto Jabbok, and from the wilderness even unto Jordan.  

Judges 11:23 So now the LORD God of Israel hath dispossessed  the Amorites from before his people Israel, and shouldest  thou possess it? 

Judges 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. 

Judges 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,  

Judges 11:26 While Israel dwelt in Heshbon and her towns, and  in Aroer and her towns, and in all the cities that be along  by the coasts of Arnon, three hundred years? why therefore  did ye not recover them within that time? 

Judges 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. 

Judges 11:28 Howbeit the king of the children of  Ammon hearkened not unto the words of Jephthah which he  sent him.  

Judges 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 unto the children of Ammon. 

Judges 11:30 And  Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou  shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine  hands, 

Judges 11:31 Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh  forth 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 up for a burnt offering.  

Judges 11:32 So Jephthah passed over unto the children of  Ammon to fight against them; and the LORD delivered  them into his hands. 

Judges 11:33 And he smote them from  Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities,  and unto the plain of the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued  before the children of Israel.   

Judges 11:34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto 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. 

Judges 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 unto the LORD, and I cannot go back. 

Judges 11:36  And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy  mouth unto 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 thine enemies, even of  the children 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 go up and down upon the mountains,  and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows. 

Judges 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. 

Judges 11:39 And it came to pass at the end of  two months, that she returned unto 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, 

Judges 11:40 That  the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of  Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.  KJV


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