Judges Chapter 11

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Judges 11

1Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.

2And Gilead’s wife bare him sons; and his wife’s sons grew up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt not inherit in our father’s house; for thou art the son of a strange woman.

3Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob: and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and went out with him.

4And it came to pass in process of time, that the children of Ammon made war against Israel.

5And it was so, that when the children of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob:

6And they said unto Jephthah, Come, and be our captain, that we may fight with the children of Ammon.

7And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, Did not ye hate me, and expel me out of my father’s house? and why are ye come unto me now when ye are in distress?

8And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, Therefore we turn again to thee now, that thou mayest go with us, and fight against the children of Ammon, and be our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.

9And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, If ye bring me home again to fight against the children of Ammon, and the LORD deliver them before me, shall I be your head?

10And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, The LORD be witness between us, if we do not so according to thy words.

11Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and captain over them: and Jephthah uttered all his words before the LORD in Mizpeh.

12And Jephthah sent messengers unto the king of the children of Ammon, saying, What hast thou to do with me, that thou art come against me to fight in my land?

13And the king of the children of Ammon answered unto the messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took away my land, when they came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and unto Jordan: now therefore restore those lands again peaceably.

14And Jephthah sent messengers again unto the king of the children of Ammon:

15And said unto him, Thus saith Jephthah, Israel took not away the land of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon:

16But when Israel came up from Egypt, and walked through the wilderness unto the Red sea, and came to Kadesh;

17Then Israel sent messengers unto the king of Edom, saying, Let me, I pray thee, pass through thy land: but the king of Edom would not hearken thereto. And in like manner they sent unto the king of Moab: but he would not consent: and Israel abode in Kadesh.

18Then they went along through the wilderness, and compassed the land of Edom, and the land of Moab, and came by the east side of the land of Moab, and pitched on the other side of Arnon, but came not within the border of Moab: for Arnon was the border of Moab.

19And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, the king of Heshbon; and Israel said unto him, Let us pass, we pray thee, through thy land into my place.

20But Sihon trusted not Israel to pass through his coast: but Sihon gathered all his people together, and pitched in Jahaz, and fought against Israel.

21And the LORD God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they smote them: so Israel possessed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country.

22And they possessed all the coasts of the Amorites, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and from the wilderness even unto Jordan.

23So now the LORD God of Israel hath dispossessed the Amorites from before his people Israel, and shouldest thou possess it?

24Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth thee to possess? So whomsoever the LORD our God shall drive out from before us, them will we possess.

25And now art thou any thing better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? did he ever strive against Israel, or did he ever fight against them,

26While Israel dwelt in Heshbon and her towns, and in Aroer and her towns, and in all the cities that be along by the coasts of Arnon, three hundred years? why therefore did ye not recover them within that time?

27Wherefore I have not sinned against thee, but thou doest me wrong to war against me: the LORD the Judge be judge this day between the children of Israel and the children of Ammon.

28Howbeit the king of the children of Ammon hearkened not unto the words of Jephthah which he sent him.

29Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over unto the children of Ammon.

30And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,

31Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD’s, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.

32So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; and the LORD delivered them into his hands.

33And he smote them from Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto the plain of the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel.

34And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter.

35And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth unto the LORD, and I cannot go back.

36And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the LORD, do to me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth; forasmuch as the LORD hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children of Ammon.

37And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows.

38And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.

39And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel,

40That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.

30 thoughts on “Judges Chapter 11

  1. Just because Jephthah’s mother was a prostitute and because the father was Gilead, then when they were grown up the sons of Gilead’s wife drove him away even though he was of their father’s blood. How many times do we try and count our brothers and sisters of other demoninations as less than us? or not having all the peices to the puzzle. Jephthah had the same dad, in that same way we have the same father Christ Jesus. Instead of dismissing our brethren we should reach out to them, pass on the full inheritance.

    Jephthah was a “mighty warrior” and because the Ammonites made war on Israel the “elders of Gilead” went to him in Tob and requested him be their commander. I can see how he could feel like the Lord, whenever his children cry out to them for help after they have been reduced to hardship from abandoning Him (vs7&8) and in a way you can compare it and contrast this lesson to that of ch.10’s. And so he was made legitimately the head commander vs11. Jesus raises up the lowly one. Recylcing is a beautiful thing in the Lord’s site, what is once dispised can become new and different all over again.

  2. Trusting God to Just Be God
    Jdg 11:30

    God has already sent his spirit upon Jehpthah, so therefore no vow is necessary for God to reveal his power and use him to gain victory over the Ammorites. But with folly, Jephthah jumps ahead and makes a bargain with God, one that has devestating consequences. Perhaps he doesn’t physically sacrifice his daughter, but condemns her to a life of servitude or viginity. However the star wording in verse 39 “he did to her as he had vowed” -makes this seem unlikely. It appears that in order to keep his vow, something every Israelite takes seriously, Jephthah sacrifices his only daughter, his only child. Was it more important to fulfil his vow than to save his daughter? Was fulfilling a vow more important than obeying God, who had forbidden human sacrifice? Its very obvious that whatever would have come out of his house would have been human vs31, was he hoping for the house dog or cat? He knew the terms, but would he have learnt his lesson if it was simply his handmaid instead of his daughter? It would obviously not have impacted us or him so, but just as much human and devestating. If Jephthah had only kept his mouth shut, If only it wasnt his daughter, If only he chose to trust God rather than bargain with him. This story leaves behind many more if’s, than answers.

    Jephthah got his victory but with a great price. How many victories do we gain at a price, like a small, “Oh Lord, If you don’t let this cop pull me over for speeding, I’ll offer sacrifice on the price of the ticket” its cute, and God can do it, but at what cost, and what if the cop wasn’t even paying attention to you? Bargaining with God can have a high cost and leave behind just as many gambling if’s. Plus gambling is a sin. Satan is well aware and will deploy sneaky brain farts such as these. Satan tried to bargain with Jesus while he was fasting for forty days in the desert.
    Mat 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 8Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 11Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
    Point is to Just let God be God, and trust in Him to do just that. When that urge comes along you know what to do..
    Jam 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you
    1 Pet 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

  3. iEat The Word for Breakfast

    “THE POWER OF THE SPOKEN WORD”

    As I started reading this passage this morning I was like, “Booyah….In your Face Devil…God took the rejected and made him mighty….” I looked up the following verse, (Judges 11:3) Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob: and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and went out with him. The word “vain” is not necessarily a negative word but means the following.

    H7386
    רק ריק
    rêyq rêq
    rake, rake
    From H7324; empty; figuratively worthless: – emptied (-ty), vain (fellow, man).

    Basically, these men were empty. So, Jephthah took empty vessels and filled them up and made them great warriors…but as I read…I remembered the end of the story from reading it years ago and I became sad. Our words are more powerful than we think. If we could only realize what we could do for the Kingdom of God with positive words spoken in wisdom.

    Come on DEBRORAH…WHERE ART THOU IN THE PRAYER ROOM….WE NEED YOU TO PROCLAIM THE VICTORY OF THE LORD…SPEAK THOSE THINGS THAT ARE NOT AS THOUGH THEY ARE…COME ON THOU MIGHTY MAN OF VALOUR…SPEAK UP IN THE PRAYER ROOM…HELP FILL THE EMPTY VESSELS OF THE LORD…USE WISDOM AND BRING GREAT DELIVERANCE IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.

  4. 24. Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth thee to possess? So whomsoever the LORD our God shall drive out from before us, them will we possess.

    This is great – in other words, you can have what your god gives you, and we will have what our God gives us! I think he was taunting him a little bit. What, is your god not big enough to handle us? I know my God is big enough to hand you!

    1John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

  5. Making a vow to God can be tricky. I do things for the Lord cause I want to and not cause I have to. He is a very loving God and I can feel His love for me everyday because He made a new day for me and woke me up everyday. He knows that I love taking care of my husband, each and everyday and it’s very wonderful to give everything you have to help someone who really needs and appreciates the help..
    GOD sees your heart and wants his children to be happy and loved. And. Iwouldnt know how to act without my life with my Jesus loving me cause He knows that I’m happy with my life and He blesses me with keeping everything in place. Thats why I thank Him everyday for waking me up and letting me serve Him. In all ways of life. There’s a Scripture that says >If we are not earthly good we can’t be spiritually good. I need my spirit to be good everytime I wake up and go to sleep. Thank you Jesus. I love you.

    • Heavenly minded people are the most good. For what greater good could come from our life than the salvation of another human being.

  6. Though Jephthah was a mighty man of valour, he said that if God would deliver them into his hands then he would sacrifice whoever he saw first near the door of his house.

    Jephthah never needed to make a vow like this. The land was already given to them by God. God was on his side and all he had to do was fight.

    His vow revealed he didn’t really believe what he just told the king.

    God’s word is truth. Obey it and God will do his part.

  7. When we find ourselves in the midst of battle be very careful what you promise God you will do for deliverance. How the chapter would have ended if Jephthah had not followed through with his vow to sacrifice his daughter; it could have been vastly different? What a father…Can you imagine the home life of Jephthah? What a marvelous job he did raising his daughter that she did not revolt or runaway when she realized what her father had promised God. I can imagine they studied the story of Abraham and Isaac.

  8. God used a son of a harlot to lead His people in this war. God loves to take our mistakes and trun them into a great work for Him.

  9. vs 1-8 we should treat everyone with respect and love, you never know what the future holds and you may need them to stand with you someday.

    vs 31 becareful what you say, it may come back to haught you.

  10. Even though the Israelites had done wrong to Jephthah he was still willing to be apart of God’s plan. No matter what people do to us we shouldn’t let it keep us from God’s plan in our lives

  11. In this scripture, “Wow”…I know you have heard “Don’t Mess with Texas”…But I say “Don’t Mess with Israel”….or you can clearly see the results of not loving her. God always keeps the apple of his eye and leads her to victory every time “Israel”. You are also aware of the Endtime issues, that are currently being watched closely. With Iran desiring to wipe her off the map, and many other Muslim Nations. But, once they are all encamped around her to destroy her. “Jesus” will defend her in mighty way, and of course “I’m/We are going to be in that great Posse”. Stay in the race, and you’ll be in that Posse too.

    21And the LORD God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they smote them: so Israel possessed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country.

    27Wherefore I have not sinned against thee, but thou doest me wrong to war against me: the LORD the Judge be judge this day between the children of Israel and the children of Ammon.

    33And he smote them from Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto the plain of the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel.

    37And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows.

    38And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.

    39And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel,

    40That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.

    “Wow” Another incident to being cautious of, to what you “Vow” to the Lord, and it is important to learn from this and to always keep in mind something like this. It is another, example on how it necessary to put a guard on those lips.

    “Be Church”……ihope……Mark A. Ridenour……….

  12. As I began to read this passage I got sad because of hw they treated thier brother, they felt that becaise they didnt have the same earthly father that they were nt brothers but little did they know that the very soul they turned away they would need. God has a plan for us all, no matter what we have dne, He still loves us. We should treat everyone with love because that is what our Father wants.

  13. 39And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel,

    Wow, Jephthah made a vow to the Lord, not knowing the end results and yet when it was his own precious daughter, he was committed to keeping the vow.

    We have made several vows and covenants with the Lord, yet it seems so common place to let them slip, or forget about them without any fear of the Lord. None of these covenants or vows consist of offering our children as burnt sacrifice, yet because he made a vow, he followed through and offered her as a sacrifice. Lord help me to examine the covenants/vows that I have made with you and be fearful if I don’t fulfill them.

  14. Dark picture ,right?
    —–Well,it does not matter how you start,(it is to remember it,so you’ll know where God got you from)but what it really matter is on how you’re gonna finish.
    —-Jephthah;lived a childhood that I think no child would choose to have.he didn’t choose to live like that!
    —- No child should have worries or even being expose to tuff and sad situations,I bet when his friends were Luther’s playing ain’t toys,having a normal child time,he wasn’t,maybe he wasn’t even aloud to have friends….his friends were outhere,meanwhile he was seeing his mommy playing around with men,having different men comming home everynight .
    —-Anyways,but he was called a “mighty man”
    Why?
    —-God can make something out of nothing.
    And he did it with Jephthah …….
    A “mighty warrior” but his past? Who cares!!!!!!
    The Spirit of God was with him now,the old things have past……
    Now it’s time to get up,and let the mighty warrior spirit out….
    He become a man of integrity,a man who keeps his word,a man who puts God’s word first,and the result of it,(a good obidisnt daughter )with a heart of God too….
    35,36 When he saw her,he tore his clothes and cried,oh! my daughter, you have made me miserable and wretched,because I have made a vow to the Lord that I can not break.36.My father,she replied,”you have given your word to the Lord.Do to me just as you promised, now that the Lord has avenged you of your enemies,the ammonites .
    —– Jephthah shooked his past off,and looked for the future.

  15. COMMITMENT TO A VOW TO THE LORD

    34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter.
    35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth unto the LORD, and I cannot go back.
    36 And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the LORD, do to me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth; forasmuch as the LORD hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children of Ammon.

    39 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel,
    40 That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.

    Possibly Jephthah made the vow to the LORD concerning his return as to make a statement to the children of Israel as a result of his own personal pain and rejection. “You hurt me and I’ll hurt type of vow”. As we learn here this is not always the wisest approach.

    His VOW

    31 Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD’s, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.

    The LESSON:

    Regardless of COST keep any VOW made to the LORD.

  16. The beginning of the chapter showed me how we need to always be right with God and not worry about what man says. Jephthah could have been bitter and just let everyone who had kicked him out deal with their own problems/battles; but, he returned.

    The end of the chapter shows us to be conscious of our words, vows and commitments we make to God. Jephthah knew what he had vowed and knew what he had to do. God had done his part and now Jephthah had to complete his. The love and obedience of his daughter also showed commitment.

  17. What does GOD require of us?
    He wants only you.
    Micah 6:8 ” To do justly,and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy GOD.

    GOD wants us to give ourselves. Until that emptiness is filled from on high.
    GOD told us HE would not leave us comfortless. HE would come back unto us and walk and talk through us.
    Thank GOD HE is in our hearts and we will do greater works.
    I’m with you even until the end of the world.
    GOD will protect HIS people.

  18. v35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! Thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth unto the LORD, and i cannot go back.

    We always make a mistake when we take matters in our hands.
    How much better it would have been to have a relationship ( prayer ) and wait upon thus says the LORD.
    iPray

  19. iEat the Word for lunch

    “No Pork on My Fork”

    There was a time while I was incarcerated in which I ate so many pork ribs…well, lets just say that Hugo and I devoured the five lil piggies…You know…”One lil piggy went to the market, one lil piggy stayed home…ect, ect… We ate and ate and ate lil piggy ribs…

    There was a cook that worked in the Officers Dinning Room with me and Hugo and he was a health nut. His arms were bigger than most dudes legs…He abstained from pork “just for good health…That day that I ate all those ribs I told Scooter the cook, “I’m finished with pork”. He laughed and said , “There is no way you can do it”…

    I vowed unto the Lord to be pork free…I really dont know why I did it but I did…and its been about 10 years of LWP…or life without pork.

    Maybe this is what happened in these verses…I dont know, but no matter, we have to be more honorable in the Words we speak unto the Lord.

  20. 30And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,

    31Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD’s, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.

    As the old saying goes ‘be careful what you ask for’. During times of desperation or troubles, we have a tendency to ask for anything, or ask if you do this, I’ll do that.

    We should pray to God about our situation before making any vows to him. Pray and God will answer us. And God expects us to keep our vows we make him. Word to the wise, be careful of your words you speak!

  21. iEat the Word for Supper

    “The Mixture of the Pagan Religion”

    Abortion: Sacrificing to Molech

    MAYBE(ONLY MAYBE) Jephthah ACCIDENTLY GOT CAUGHT UP IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT AND USED ONE OF HIS ENEMY’S FORMS OF WORSHIP.

    MAYBE JUST MAYBE THERE ARE SOME CHRISTIANS TODAY WHO ACCIDENTLY GET CAUGHT UP IN THE SAME RELIGION BY VOTING FOR THOSE WHO SUPPORT ABORTION.

    (FROM ARTICLE ON INTERNET)
    They built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. (Jer. 32:35)

    Molech worship is an abomination unto the Lord which originated from the Ammonites. One of the rituals connected to Molech worship is the sacrificing of children unto the Ammonite god Molech, as an expression of their devotion to him. When Israel fell into idolatry, which incidentally if you read the OT sadly happens most of the time in their national history, one of the gods they worship is Molech, and thus they offer up their sons and daughters as human sacrifices to it. Such a practice is an utter abomination unto the Lord, as children are a gift from the Lord (Ps. 127:3), and especially so for Covenant children being given to Christian families. Thus, sacrificing their children to Molech, besides breaking the first and second commandments, is firstly a violation of the sixth commandment against murder (Ex. 20:13). Secondly, it is taking God’s good gifts and offering those gifts of God up as sacrifices to worthless, lifeless idols. For covenant children, this is also taking away what rightfully belongs to God (which is theft), especially if he is the firstborn son (Ex. 22:29; Num. 18:15). Molech worship is so detested by God that he warned Israel very sternly against it in Lev. 18:21 & 20:2-5, where Molech worship through children sacrifice is described as a profanation of God’s name, and the punishment for Molech worship is DEATH!

    In today’s context, what is the Molech worship which is present in our day? Surely there is nobody performing human sacrifices, and especially child sacrifices, now? Such a babaric practice surely can’t exist in our civilized world, can it?

    I would suggest that abortion is one of the modern day Molech worship that we so-called civilized people are guilty of. In place of a physical idol of Molech, we worship at the Molechs of choice and of pleasure (e.g. women’s choice and pleasure in sin). As a culture and as the human race, we worship at the altars of humanism, in putting ourselves as the final determinator of what is correct or wrong. To this ‘Molech’, we sacrifice our children, for our own god’s benefit (which is ourselves).

  22. 30And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,

    31Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD’s, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.

    32So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; and the LORD delivered them into his hands.

    When a vow is made before God it is important to keep it. Jephthah had to do what he said even though it was his own daughter. There are times where we make a promise to God and they are easily broken. We must accomplish whatsoever comes out of our mouth, so that we can please the Lord.

  23. 31Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD’s, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.

  24. Be careful what u promise God he may just hold u too it. It is important that we keep the commitments we made because God honors that but also make sure they are reasonable commitments so we dont end up in Jepthahs shoes.

  25. What came to mind was:

    He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. (Proverbs 18:13 KJV)

    This seems fulfilled in Jephthah making that sort of open-ended vow where he agreed to give something before he knew what he was agreeing to give. We should prayerfully and carefully consider a matter before we answer it. Some things look fine on the surface, but land us with a heritage of shame at the end. Even if God wipes away our sin, the effects of it still remain in the people we hurt and the things others remember. In this case, his only daughter was sacrificed, his family and others connected were left picking up the pieces in the aftermath of it all, and it became a national “holiday” to memorialize the incident. We need to count the cost of our vows and actions in general. Some costs may not be apparent up-front, which is why we need the guidance of God and our godly leaders. Bottom line, a price must be paid, and sadly our poor choices usually cause damage not only to us but to those around us as well.

  26. This chapter illustrates extreme promises. Have we kept our promises regardless of the price or have we broken them; “And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD”. We must pray and be mindful of what is promised, for the cost may be devastating. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

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