1 Jephthah the Gileadite was a valiant warrior. He was a prostitute's son. Gilead was Jephthah's father,
Heb 11:32 Judg 6:12 2Kgs 5:1
2 but Gilead's wife also bore him sons, and the sons of this wife, when they grew up, drove Jephthah away, saying, 'No share of the paternal heritage for you, since you are a son of another woman.'
Deut 23:2 Gal 4:30 Gen 12:10 Prov 2:16 Prov 5:3 Prov 5:20 Prov 6:24-26
3 Jephthah fled far from his brothers and settled in the territory of Tob. Jephthah enlisted a group of adventurers who used to go raiding with him.
Judg 9:4 1Sam 22:2 2Sam 10:6 2Sam 10:8 1Sam 27:2 1Sam 30:22-24 Acts 17:5
4 It was some time after this that the Ammonites made war on Israel.
5 And when the Ammonites had attacked Israel, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah from the territory of Tob.
1Cor 1:27-29 1Sam 10:27 1Sam 11:6-7 1Sam 11:12 Acts 7:35-39 Judg 10:9 Judg 10:17-18
6 'Come', they said, 'and be our commander, so that we can fight the Ammonites.'
7 Jephthah replied to the elders of Gilead, 'Didn't you hate me and drive me out of my father's house? Why come to me now, when you are in trouble?'
Gen 26:27 Acts 7:9-14 Gen 37:27 Gen 45:4-5 Isa 60:14 Rev 3:9 Prov 17:17
8 The elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, 'That is why we are turning to you now. Come with us; fight the Ammonites and be our chief, chief of all the people living in Gilead.'
Judg 10:18 1Kgs 13:6 Exod 8:8 Exod 8:28 Exod 9:28 Exod 10:17 Luke 17:3-4
9 Jephthah then said to the elders of Gilead, 'If you bring me home to fight the Ammonites and Yahweh defeats them for me, I am to be your chief?'
10 And the elders of Gilead then said to Jephthah, 'Yahweh be witness between us, if we do not do as you have said!'
Jer 42:5 Gen 31:50 Jer 29:23 1Sam 12:5 1Sam 24:12 2Cor 11:31 Deut 1:16
11 So Jephthah set off with the elders of Gilead. The people put him at their head as chief and commander; and Jephthah repeated all his conditions at Mizpah in Yahweh's presence.
1Sam 10:17 Judg 10:17 Judg 20:1 1Sam 11:15 1Kgs 3:7-9 1Sam 23:9-12 2Cor 3:5
12 Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the Ammonites to say to him, 'What do you have against us, for you to come and make war on my country?'
Deut 2:26 2Kgs 14:8-12 Deut 20:10-11 Matt 18:15-16 Num 20:14 Num 21:21 Prov 25:8-9
13 The king of the Ammonites replied to Jephthah's messengers, 'The reason is that when Israel came up from Egypt, they seized my country from the Arnon to the Jabbok and to the Jordan; so now restore it to me peacefully.'
Gen 32:22 Num 21:24-26 Deut 2:37 Deut 3:16 Prov 19:5 Prov 19:9
14 Jephthah sent messengers back to the king of the Ammonites
1Pet 3:11 Heb 12:14 Ps 120:7 Rom 12:18
15 with this answer, 'Jephthah says this, "Israel seized neither the country of Moab nor the country of the Ammonites.
Deut 2:9 Deut 2:19 2Chr 20:10 Acts 24:12-13 Num 21:13-15 Num 21:27-30
16 When Israel came out of Egypt, they marched through the desert as far as the Sea of Reeds and, having reached Kadesh,
Deut 1:40 Num 14:25 Num 20:1 Num 13:26 Deut 1:46 Gen 14:7 Josh 5:6
17 Israel then sent messengers to the king of Edom to say: Please let me pass through your country, but the king of Edom would not listen. They sent similarly to the king of Moab, but he refused, and Israel remained at Kadesh;
Num 20:1 Num 20:14-21 Deut 2:4-9 Deut 2:29 Josh 24:9
18 later, moving on through the desert and skirting the countries of Edom and Moab until arriving to the east of Moabite territory, the people camped on the other side of the Arnon but did not enter Moabite territory, the Arnon being the Moabite frontier.
Deut 2:1-8 Num 22:36 Num 20:22 Num 21:4-13 Num 33:37-44
19 Israel then sent messengers to Sihon, king of the Amorites, ruling in Heshbon. Israel's message was: Please let me pass through your country to my destination.
Deut 2:26-36 Deut 3:1-17 Josh 13:8-12 Num 21:21-35
20 But Sihon would not let Israel pass through his territory; he mustered his whole army; they encamped at Jahaz, and he then joined battle with Israel.
Deut 2:32-34 Josh 13:15-32 Neh 9:22 Num 21:23-25 Ps 135:10-12 Ps 136:17-21
21 Yahweh, God of Israel, delivered Sihon and his whole army into the power of Israel, who defeated them; as the result of which, Israel took possession of the entire territory of the Amorites living in that region.
22 Israel took possession of all the Amorite territory from the Arnon to the Jabbok and from the desert to the Jordan.
23 And now that Yahweh, God of Israel, has dispossessed the Amorites before his people Israel, do you think you can dispossess us?
24 Will you not keep as your possession whatever Chemosh, your god, has given you? And, just the same, we shall keep as ours whatever Yahweh our God has given us, to inherit from those who were before us!
1Kgs 11:7 Num 21:29 Josh 3:10 Deut 18:12 Deut 9:4-5 Jer 48:7 Jer 48:46
25 Are you a better man than Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he pick a quarrel with Israel? Did he make war on them?
Mic 6:5 Deut 23:3-4 Josh 24:9-10 Num 22:2-21
26 When Israel settled in Heshbon and its dependencies, and in Aroer and its dependencies, or in any of the towns on the banks of the Arnon (three hundred years ago), why did you not recover them then?
Deut 2:36 Deut 2:24 Deut 3:2 Deut 3:6 Josh 11:18 Josh 12:2 Josh 12:5
27 I for my part have done you no harm, but you are wronging me by making war on me. Let Yahweh the Judge give judgement today between the Israelites and the king of the Ammonites." '
1Sam 24:12 1Sam 24:15 Gen 16:5 Gen 18:25 Gen 31:53 1Sam 2:10 2Cor 5:10
28 But the king of the Ammonites took no notice of the message that Jephthah sent him.
2Kgs 14:11 Prov 16:18
29 The spirit of Yahweh was on Jephthah, who crossed Gilead and Manasseh, crossed by way of Mizpah in Gilead, and from Mizpah in Gilead crossed into Ammonite territory.
Judg 3:10 Judg 6:34 Num 11:25 1Chr 12:18 1Sam 10:10 1Sam 16:13-15 Judg 10:17
30 And Jephthah made a vow to Yahweh, 'If you deliver the Ammonites into my grasp,
Gen 28:20 1Sam 1:11 Eccl 5:1-2 Eccl 5:4-5 Num 30:2-16
31 the first thing to come out of the doors of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from fighting the Ammonites shall belong to Yahweh, and I shall sacrifice it as a burnt offering.'
1Sam 1:28 1Sam 1:11 1Sam 2:18 1Sam 14:24 1Sam 14:44 Deut 23:18 Isa 66:3
32 Jephthah crossed into Ammonite territory to attack them, and Yahweh delivered them into his grasp.
Judg 1:4 Judg 2:18 Judg 3:10
33 He beat them from Aroer to the border of Minnith (twenty towns) and to Abel-Keramim. It was a very severe defeat, and the Ammonites were humbled by the Israelites.
Ezek 27:17 Deut 2:36
34 As Jephthah returned to his house at Mizpah, his daughter came out to meet him, dancing to the sound of tambourines. She was his only child; apart from her, he had neither son nor daughter.
Exod 15:20 Jer 31:4 Judg 10:17 Judg 11:11 Ps 68:25 1Sam 18:6-7 Jer 31:13
35 When he saw her, he tore his clothes and exclaimed, 'Oh my daughter, what misery you have brought upon me! You have joined those who bring misery into my life! I have made a promise before Yahweh which I cannot retract.'
1Sam 14:44-45 2Sam 13:30-31 2Sam 18:33 Acts 23:14 Eccl 5:2-6 Gen 37:29-30 Gen 37:34-35
36 She replied, 'Father, you have made a promise to Yahweh; treat me as the promise that you have made requires, since Yahweh has granted you vengeance on your enemies the Ammonites.'
2Sam 18:19 2Sam 18:31 2Sam 19:30 Acts 20:24 Acts 21:13 Judg 16:28-30 Phil 2:30
37 She then said to her father, 'Grant me this! Let me be free for two months. I shall go and wander in the mountains, and with my companions bewail my virginity.'
Luke 1:25 1Sam 1:6
38 He replied, 'Go,' and let her go away for two months. So she went away with her companions and bewailed her virginity in the mountains.
39 When the two months were over she went back to her father, and he treated her as the vow that he had uttered bound him. She had remained a virgin. And hence, the custom in Israel
Judg 11:31 1Sam 1:11 1Sam 1:22 1Sam 1:24 1Sam 1:28 1Sam 2:18 Deut 12:31
40 for the daughters of Israel to leave home year by year and lament over the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite for four days every year.
1Kgs 9:25 Judg 5:11