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Jephthah led 1 Israel for six years; then he 2 died and was buried in his city in Gilead. 3
Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a brave warrior. His mother was a prostitute, but Gilead was his father. 1
So Jephthah left 1 his half-brothers 2 and lived in the land of Tob. Lawless men joined Jephthah’s gang and traveled with him. 3
They said, 1 “Come, be our commander, so we can fight with the Ammonites.”
Jephthah sent messengers back to the Ammonite king
But the Ammonite king disregarded 1 the message sent by Jephthah. 2
Jephthah made a vow to the Lord, saying, “If you really do hand the Ammonites over to me,
Jephthah approached 1 the Ammonites to fight with them, and the Lord handed them over to him.
Every year 1 Israelite women commemorate 2 the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite for four days. 3
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.
When the Ammonites attacked, 1 the leaders 2 of Gilead asked Jephthah to come back 3 from the land of Tob.
Jephthah said to the leaders of Gilead, “But you hated me and made me leave 1 my father’s house. Why do you come to me now, when you are in trouble?”
The leaders of Gilead said to Jephthah, “The Lord will judge any grievance you have against us, 1 if we do not do as you say.” 2
Jephthah sent messengers to the Ammonite king, saying, “Why have 1 you come against me to attack my land?”
and said to him, “This is what Jephthah says, ‘Israel did not steal 1 the land of Moab and the land of the Ammonites.
Jephthah said to them, “My people and I were entangled in controversy with the Ammonites. 1 I asked for your help, but you did not deliver me from their power. 2
So the Lord sent Jerub-Baal, 1 Barak, 2 Jephthah, and Samuel, 3 and he delivered you from the hand of the enemies all around you, and you were able to live securely.
Gilead’s wife also gave 1 him sons. When his wife’s sons grew up, they made Jephthah leave and said to him, “You are not going to inherit any of our father’s wealth, 2 because you are another woman’s son.”
The leaders of Gilead said to Jephthah, “That may be true, 1 but now we pledge to you our loyalty. 2 Come with us and fight with the Ammonites. Then you will become the leader 3 of all who live in Gilead.” 4