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Judges 11:11

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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.

Judges 11:29

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A Foolish Vow Spells Death for a Daughter

11:29 The Lord’s spirit empowered 2  Jephthah. He passed through Gilead and Manasseh and went 3  to Mizpah in Gilead. From there he approached the Ammonites. 4 

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 “was on.”

3 tn Heb “passed through.”

4 tn Heb “From Mizpah in Gilead he passed through [to] the Ammonites.”



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