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Jephthah Delivers Israel 11:1 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior, but he was the son of a prostitute. Gilead was the father of Jephthah.
2 And Gilead’s wife also bore him sons. And when his wife’s sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out and said to him, “You shall not have an inheritance in our father’s house, for you are the son of another woman.”
3 Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob, and worthless fellows collected around Jephthah and went out with him.
4 After a time the Ammonites made war against Israel.
5 And when the Ammonites made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to bring Jephthah from the land of Tob.
6 And they said to Jephthah, “Come and be our leader, that we may fight against the Ammonites.”
7 But Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, “Did you not hate me and drive me out of my father’s house? Why have you come to me now when you are in distress?”
8 And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, “That is why we have turned to you now, that you may go with us and fight against the Ammonites and be our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.”
9 Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, “If you bring me home again to fight against the Ammonites, and the Lord gives them over to me, I will be your head.”
10 And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, “The Lord will be witness between us, if we do not do as you say.”
11 So Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and leader over them. And Jephthah spoke all his words before the Lord at Mizpah.
12 Then Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the Ammonites and said, “What do you have against me, that you have come to me to fight against my land?”
13 And the king of the Ammonites answered the messengers of Jephthah, “Because Israel on coming up from Egypt took away my land, from the Arnon to the Jabbok and to the Jordan; now therefore restore it peaceably.”
14 Jephthah again sent messengers to the king of the Ammonites
15 and said to him, “Thus says Jephthah: Israel did not take away the land of Moab or the land of the Ammonites,
16 but when they came up from Egypt, Israel went through the wilderness to the Red Sea and came to Kadesh.
17 Israel then sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, ‘Please let us pass through your land,’ but the king of Edom would not listen. And they sent also to the king of Moab, but he would not consent. So Israel remained at Kadesh.
18 “Then they journeyed through the wilderness and went around the land of Edom and the land of Moab and arrived on the east side of the land of Moab and camped on the other side of the Arnon. But they did not enter the territory of Moab, for the Arnon was the boundary of Moab.
19 Israel then sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, king of Heshbon, and Israel said to him, ‘Please let us pass through your land to our country,’
20 but Sihon did not trust Israel to pass through his territory, so Sihon gathered all his people together and encamped at Jahaz and fought with Israel.
21 And the Lord, the God of Israel, gave Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they defeated them. So Israel took possession of all the land of the Amorites, who inhabited that country.
22 And they took possession of all the territory of the Amorites from the Arnon to the Jabbok and from the wilderness to the Jordan.
23 So then the Lord, the God of Israel, dispossessed the Amorites from before his people Israel; and are you to take possession of them?
24 Will you not possess what Chemosh your god gives you to possess? And all that the Lord our God has dispossessed before us, we will possess.
25 Now are you any better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever contend against Israel, or did he ever go to war with them?
26 While Israel lived in Heshbon and its villages, and in Aroer and its villages, and in all the cities that are on the banks of the Arnon, 300 years, why did you not deliver them within that time?
27 I therefore have not sinned against you, and you do me wrong by making war on me. The Lord, the Judge, decide this day between the people of Israel and the people of Ammon.”
28 But the king of the Ammonites did not listen to the words of Jephthah that he sent to him.
Jephthah’s Tragic Vow29 Then the Spirit of the Lord was upon Jephthah, and he passed through Gilead and Manasseh and passed on to Mizpah of Gilead, and from Mizpah of Gilead he passed on to the Ammonites.
30 And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord and said, “If you will give the Ammonites into my hand,
31 then whatever comes out from the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the Ammonites shall be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.”
32 So Jephthah crossed over to the Ammonites to fight against them, and the Lord gave them into his hand.
33 And he struck them from Aroer to the neighborhood of Minnith, twenty cities, and as far as Abel-keramim, with a great blow. So the Ammonites were subdued before the people of Israel.
34 Then Jephthah came to his home at Mizpah. And behold, his daughter came out to meet him with tambourines and with dances. She was his only child; besides her he had neither son nor daughter.
35 And as soon as he saw her, he tore his clothes and said, “Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low, and you have become the cause of great trouble to me. For I have opened my mouth to the Lord, and I cannot take back my vow.”
36 And she said to him, “My father, you have opened your mouth to the Lord; do to me according to what has gone out of your mouth, now that the Lord has avenged you on your enemies, on the Ammonites.”
37 So she said to her father, “Let this thing be done for me: leave me alone two months, that I may go up and down on the mountains and weep for my virginity, I and my companions.”
38 So he said, “Go.” Then he sent her away for two months, and she departed, she and her companions, and wept for her virginity on the mountains.
39 And at the end of two months, she returned to her father, who did with her according to his vow that he had made. She had never known a man, and it became a custom in Israel
40 that the daughters of Israel went year by year to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in the year.
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Jephthah’s Conflict with Ephraim 12:1 The men of Ephraim were called to arms, and they crossed to Zaphon and said to Jephthah, “Why did you cross over to fight against the Ammonites and did not call us to go with you? We will burn your house over you with fire.”
2 And Jephthah said to them, “I and my people had a great dispute with the Ammonites, and when I called you, you did not save me from their hand.
3 And when I saw that you would not save me, I took my life in my hand and crossed over against the Ammonites, and the Lord gave them into my hand. Why then have you come up to me this day to fight against me?”
4 Then Jephthah gathered all the men of Gilead and fought with Ephraim. And the men of Gilead struck Ephraim, because they said, “You are fugitives of Ephraim, you Gileadites, in the midst of Ephraim and Manasseh.”
5 And the Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan against the Ephraimites. And when any of the fugitives of Ephraim said, “Let me go over,” the men of Gilead said to him, “Are you an Ephraimite?” When he said, “No,”
6 they said to him, “Then say Shibboleth,” and he said, “Sibboleth,” for he could not pronounce it right. Then they seized him and slaughtered him at the fords of the Jordan. At that time 42,000 of the Ephraimites fell.
7 Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then Jephthah the Gileadite died and was buried in his city in Gilead.
Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon8 After him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel.
9 He had thirty sons, and thirty daughters he gave in marriage outside his clan, and thirty daughters he brought in from outside for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years.
10 Then Ibzan died and was buried at Bethlehem.
11 After him Elon the Zebulunite judged Israel, and he judged Israel ten years.
12 Then Elon the Zebulunite died and was buried at Aijalon in the land of Zebulun.
13 After him Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite judged Israel.
14 He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys, and he judged Israel eight years.
15 Then Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died and was buried at Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.
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18:1 Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire;he breaks out against all sound judgment.
2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,but only in expressing his opinion.
3 When wickedness comes, contempt comes also,and with dishonor comes disgrace.
4 The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5 It is not good to be partial to the wickedor to deprive the righteous of justice.
6 A fool’s lips walk into a fight,and his mouth invites a beating.
7 A fool’s mouth is his ruin,and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;they go down into the inner parts of the body.
9 Whoever is slack in his workis a brother to him who destroys.
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
11 A rich man’s wealth is his strong city,and like a high wall in his imagination.
12 Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty,but humility comes before honor.
13 If one gives an answer before he hears,it is his folly and shame.
14 A man’s spirit will endure sickness,but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16 A man’s gift makes room for himand brings him before the great.
17 The one who states his case first seems right,until the other comes and examines him.
18 The lot puts an end to quarrelsand decides between powerful contenders.
19 A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city,and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.
20 From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied;he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,and those who love it will eat its fruits.
22 He who finds a wife finds a good thingand obtains favor from the Lord.
23 The poor use entreaties,but the rich answer roughly.
24 A man of many companions may come to ruin,but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
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God Is King over All the EarthTo the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.47:1 Clap your hands, all peoples!Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
2 For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared,a great king over all the earth.
3 He subdued peoples under us,and nations under our feet.
4 He chose our heritage for us,the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah
5 God has gone up with a shout,the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises!Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
7 For God is the King of all the earth;sing praises with a psalm!
8 God reigns over the nations;God sits on his holy throne.
9 The princes of the peoples gatheras the people of the God of Abraham.For the shields of the earth belong to God;he is highly exalted!
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Zion, the City of Our GodA Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.48:1 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praisedin the city of our God!His holy mountain,
2 beautiful in elevation,is the joy of all the earth,Mount Zion, in the far north,the city of the great King.
3 Within her citadels Godhas made himself known as a fortress.
4 For behold, the kings assembled;they came on together.
5 As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;they were in panic; they took to flight.
6 Trembling took hold of them there,anguish as of a woman in labor.
7 By the east wind you shatteredthe ships of Tarshish.
8 As we have heard, so have we seenin the city of the Lord of hosts,in the city of our God,which God will establish forever. Selah
9 We have thought on your steadfast love, O God,in the midst of your temple.
10 As your name, O God,so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth.Your right hand is filled with righteousness.
11 Let Mount Zion be glad!Let the daughters of Judah rejoicebecause of your judgments!
12 Walk about Zion, go around her,number her towers,
13 consider well her ramparts,go through her citadels,that you may tell the next generation
14 that this is God,our God forever and ever.He will guide us forever.
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