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Judges 11:40--12:2

11:40 Every year 1  Israelite women commemorate 2  the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite for four days. 3 

Civil Strife Mars the Victory

12:1 The Ephraimites assembled 4  and crossed over to Zaphon. They said to Jephthah, “Why did you go and fight 5  with the Ammonites without asking 6  us to go with you? We will burn your house down right over you!” 7 

12:2 Jephthah said to them, “My people and I were entangled in controversy with the Ammonites. 8  I asked for your help, but you did not deliver me from their power. 9 

1 tn Heb “From days to days,” a Hebrew idiom for “annually.”

2 tn Heb “go to commemorate.” The rare Hebrew verb תָּנָה (tanah, “to tell; to repeat; to recount”) occurs only here and in 5:11.

3 tn The Hebrew text adds, “in the year.” This is redundant (note “every year” at the beginning of the verse) and has not been included in the translation for stylistic reasons.

4 tn Heb “the men of Ephraim were summoned [or “were mustered”].”

5 tn Heb “cross over to fight.”

6 tn Or “calling”; or “summoning.”

7 tn Heb “Your house we will burn over you with fire.”

8 tn Heb A man of great strife I was and my people and the Ammonites.”

9 tn Heb “hand.”

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