11:11 So Jephthah went with the leaders of Gilead. The people made him their leader and commander. Jephthah repeated the terms of the agreement 1 before the Lord in Mizpah.
11:34 When Jephthah came home to Mizpah, there was his daughter hurrying out 2 to meet him, dancing to the rhythm of tambourines. 3 She was his only child; except for her he had no son or daughter.
1 tn Heb “spoke all his words.” This probably refers to the “words” recorded in v. 9. Jephthah repeats the terms of the agreement at the Lord’s sanctuary, perhaps to ratify the contract or to emphasize the Gileadites’ obligation to keep their part of the bargain. Another option is to translate, “Jephthah conducted business before the Lord in Mizpah.” In this case, the statement is a general reference to the way Jephthah ruled. He recognized the Lord’s authority and made his decisions before the Lord.
2 tn Heb “Look! His daughter was coming out.”
3 tn Heb “with tambourines and dancing.”