1 And after Abimelech
there arose to defend Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of
Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim.
2 And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and
was buried in Shamir.
3 And after him arose Jair, a Gileadite, and judged Israel twenty
and two years.
4 And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty ass colts, and
they had thirty cities, which are called Havoth-jair unto this
day, which are in the land of Gilead.
5 And Jair died, and was buried in Camon.
6 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of
the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of
Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the
gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines,
and forsook the LORD, and served not him.
7 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold
them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of
the children of Ammon.
8 And that year they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel:
eighteen years, all the children of Israel that were on the
other side Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead.
9 Moreover the children of Ammon passed over Jordan to fight
also against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the house
of Ephraim; so that Israel was sore distressed.
10 And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, saying, We
have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our
God, and also served Baalim.
11 And the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Did not I
deliver you from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from
the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines?
12 The Zidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites,
did oppress you; and ye cried to me, and I delivered you out
of their hand.
13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore
I will deliver you no more.
14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver
you in the time of your tribulation.
15 And the children of Israel said unto the LORD, We have sinned:
do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us
only, we pray thee, this day.
16 And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served
the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.
17 Then the children of Ammon were gathered together, and encamped
in Gilead. And the children of Israel assembled themselves together,
and encamped in Mizpeh.
18 And the people and princes of Gilead said one to another,
What man is he that will begin to fight against the children
of Ammon? he shall be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.
1 Now Jephthah
the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son
of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.
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
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.
4 And it came to pass in process of time, that the children
of Ammon made war against Israel.
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:
6 And they said unto Jephthah, Come, and be our captain, that
we may fight with the children of Ammon.
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?
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.
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?
10 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, The LORD be
witness between us, if we do not so according to thy words.
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.
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?
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.
14 And Jephthah sent messengers again unto the king of the children
15 And said unto him, Thus saith Jephthah, Israel took not away
the land of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon:
16 But when Israel came up from Egypt, and walked through the
wilderness unto the Red sea, and came to Kadesh;
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
22 And they possessed all the coasts of the Amorites, from Arnon
even unto Jabbok, and from the wilderness even unto Jordan.
23 So now the LORD God of Israel hath dispossessed the Amorites
from before his people Israel, and shouldest thou possess it?
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.
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,
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?
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.
28 Howbeit the king of the children of Ammon hearkened not unto
the words of Jephthah which he sent him.
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
30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou
shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,
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.
32 So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight
against them; and the LORD delivered them into his hands.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
38 And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and
she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon
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,
40 That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter
of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.
1 And the men of
Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and
said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against
the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee?
we will burn thine house upon thee with fire.
2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great
strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye
delivered me not out of their hands.
3 And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in
my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and
the LORD delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye
come up unto me this day, to fight against me?
4 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and
fought with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because
they said, Ye Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim among the
Ephraimites, and among the Manassites.
5 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the
Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which
were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said
unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;
6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth:
for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took
him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell
at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.
7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then died Jephthah the
Gileadite, and was buried in one of the cities of Gilead.
8 And after him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel.
9 And he had thirty sons, and thirty daughters, whom he sent
abroad, and took in thirty daughters from abroad for his sons.
And he judged Israel seven years.
10 Then died Ibzan, and was buried at Bethlehem.
11 And after him Elon, a Zebulonite, judged Israel; and he judged
Israel ten years.
12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, and was buried in Aijalon in
the country of Zebulun.
13 And after him Abdon the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged
14 And he had forty sons and thirty nephews, that rode on threescore
and ten ass colts: and he judged Israel eight years.
15 And Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was
buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the mount of the