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Judges 12:1-3

Civil Strife Mars the Victory

12:1 The Ephraimites assembled 1  and crossed over to Zaphon. They said to Jephthah, “Why did you go and fight 2  with the Ammonites without asking 3  us to go with you? We will burn your house down right over you!” 4 

12:2 Jephthah said to them, “My people and I were entangled in controversy with the Ammonites. 5  I asked for your help, but you did not deliver me from their power. 6  12:3 When I saw that you were not going to help, 7  I risked my life 8  and advanced against 9  the Ammonites, and the Lord handed them over to me. Why have you come up 10  to fight with me today?”

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

2 tn Heb “cross over to fight.”

3 tn Or “calling”; or “summoning.”

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

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

6 tn Heb “hand.”

7 tn Heb “you were no deliverer.” Codex Alexandrinus (A) of the LXX has “no one was helping.”

8 tn Heb “I put my life in my hand.”

9 tn Heb “crossed over to.”

10 tn The Hebrew adds “against me” here. This is redundant in English and has not been included in the translation for stylistic reasons.

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