Judges Chapter 11

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Judges 11

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

2 And 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.

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.

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

5 And 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:

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

7 And 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?

8 And 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.

9 And 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?

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

11 Then 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.

12 And 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?

13 And 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.

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

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

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

17 Then 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.

18 Then 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.

19 And 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.

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

21 And 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.

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

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

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.

25 And 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,

26 While 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?

27 Wherefore 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.

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

29 Then 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.

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

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.

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

33 And 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.

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.

37 And 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.

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

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.

39 thoughts on “Judges Chapter 11

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  1. Fighting with God.

    JUDGES 11:12
    And Jephthah sent messengers unto the king of the children of Am on, saying, What hast thou to do with me, that thou art come against me to fight in my land?

    When I read this passage and chapter God asked me why I hurt him from stealing from him, and he explained how I can send him a burnt offering. I don’t know exactly what all the different kinds of offerings mean but I do know what tithe and offerings mean in His Word.

    I love God.

  2. In reading this chapter this morning, it reminded me of the kind of attitude and spirit Pastor spoke to us about on Wednesday. Jephthah could have had a bad spirit, complaining and refusing to take part or returning to help them; but, instead he agreed to it. He might have been a great warrior; but, he also had a gentleness about him. Lord I pray that you help us also have a gentle spirit and approach things that way and always keep our vows as Jephthah. At the same time, we must not do things in haste or vow things that we cannot or do not intend to keep. JESUS today YOU will SAVE me.

  3. 9. And 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?

    God could ask the same question of us today – “After I deliver you from this situation, will you actually follow me and let me be your guide and your God?”

  4. Wow wow wow… Wow. What a crazy chapter.

    Exciting to see a leader be pushed away from his people. And then have the same people be coming back to you begging for help.

    War was faught because the other side didn’t want to back down. So they were crushed.

    Crazy to see such strength in a man that has kept is word with the Lord. And Sacrifice his only daughter.

  5. Proverbs 20:27The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

  6. A VOW UNTO THE LORD

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

    GOD is not a man that he should lie. Man is created in the image and after the likeness of GOD, therefore his nature is expected to be our nature. GOD gives us wisdom to pray, meditate and reflect on the WORD of GOD, so that we can be sensitive to the SPIRIT of GOD.

    As believers we desire something from GOD so desperately that we make vows that we have not fully considered the end of. Also, carnal and sinful people make vows to the LORD that potentially have painful consequences. This is the case in this chapter. The man chosen to lead the battle was not prepared spiritually and the painful reality of his vow, he was left to deal with.

    29 Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jephthah. He crossed Gilead and Manasseh, passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from there he advanced against the Ammonites. 30 And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord: “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, 31 whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.” NIV

    34 When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of timbrels! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter. 35 When he saw her, he tore his clothes and cried, “Oh no, my daughter! You have brought me down and I am devastated. I have made a vow to the Lord that I cannot break.” NIV

    The price of the devastating vow was painful. However, he made A VOW UNTO THE LORD. May GOD help us to keep our promises, commitments and vows unto the LORD.

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  7. Jephtah was sent away from home because of who his mother was but in the end it didn’t matter he still became a ruler. It doesn’t matter where we came from, what our past is, or who are parents are we can still be used to do mighty things for God!

  8. 30 And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord. He said, “If you give me victory over the Ammonites, 31 I will give to the Lord whatever comes out of my house to meet me when I return in triumph. I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.” (NLT)

    We should never bribe God: “If you do this…I’ll do this”.
    Jephthah should have had confidence in the Spirit of the Lord that had come upon him. We cannot allow our surroundings to hinder or weaken our faith.

    29 Then 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.

    Vow: a solemn promise, pledge or personal commitment, to dedicate

    When making a vow it should be an expression of love and gratitude with an understanding of the obligations a vow holds. Making a vow should be carefully prayed about. We should not make a vow in the heat of the moment, because it is worse to make a vow and not keep it, than not make a vow at all.

    “When thou shalt vow a vow unto the Lord thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the Lord thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in the”. Deut 23:21

  9. 36 And she said, “Father, if you have made a vow to the Lord, you must do to me what you have vowed, for the Lord has given you a great victory over your enemies, the Ammonites. (NLT)

    Japhthah’s daughter.. Wow did she accept her fate with a good attitude. She didn’t throw a fit and get mad at her father, she didn’t run and try to avoid it, instead she immediately understood the importance of her father’s vow and obeyed. There’s two things I take from this: one is that we have to remember our decisions and even vows we keep or don’t keep have results that we must consider from the beginning. The second is, compared to Japhthah’s submitted daughter, how does our attitude look when unruly circumstances face us?

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    Judges 11:39-40 NLT When she returned home, her father kept the vow he had made, and she died a virgin. So it has become a custom in Israel (40) for young Israelite women to go away for four days each year to lament the fate of Jephthah’s daughter.

    We must always be careful of what we vow unto the Lord. He only had one daughter, what were the odds of him making a vow that would affect his whole future. We must be wise and do the things that will protect our loved ones.

  11. 37 And 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.

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

    She had to greive, not only was she going to die, she was going to die a virgin, with no children which was not honorable for Israelite women, the vow her dad made was not thought through, he got what he wanted, and now he has to follow through!

  12. Judges 11:1, “NOW Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.”

    So thankful that God is no repector of persons. He can use anyone who has a heart to be used for His kingdom and glory.

  13. 30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,

    Most important thing you can do is to keep your vow…. Don’t get cursed but be blessed and obey His commands…. Let your yes be yes and no be no!!!! Love the Lord with all your heart, mind, and soul.

  14. Trust in the Lord

    21 And 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

    When we trust in the Lord He will place your enemies under your feet. 1 Sam 17:47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’S, and He will give you into our hands.”

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

    Don’t allow your past to influence your future. God has a plan for us all. We all go through hardships. Many different than others. But that’s what makes us all work together well. Different looks and opinions help make a great team. Let’s work together. Let’s Grow.

  16. 7 And 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?

    8 And 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.

    9 And 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?

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

    11 Then 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.

  17. 30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,
    Jephthah made a vow and trusted God to fulfill his promise. The Bible says that God is not a man that he should lie. God cannot lie and so we should trust him with our whole lives.

  18. 35When he saw her, he tore his clothes in anguish. “Oh, my daughter!” he cried out. “You have completely destroyed me! You’ve brought disaster on me! For I have made a vow to the LORD, and I cannot take it back.

    Be careful of vows and promises you make. Think before you speak. Control of the tongue is wise, or it can lead you into trouble.

  19. 30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,

    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.

    Be careful what vows you make to God, if you don’t know you can keep that promise, it might end up hurting you later.

  20. 9 And 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?

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

  21. 11-8
    The word head could be used of civil as well as military leaders . Jephthah negotiated until the meaning was clear . Lifetime leadership of the district.
    11:36
    Ones word.to God must be kept .

  22. “And the angel of the Lord said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the Lord. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the Lord.” The word of God (Jesus) illustrated sociability. One should show kindness unto all, as one may never know whom one is talking with. Dear God, let our words be, as yours would be. May God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  23. “But his wife said unto him, If the Lord were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these.” We should never forget the Lord offered himself out of love, so that we may one day be with him; however the choice is ours. We should also remember the Lord’s voice will never be; deceptive, doubtful, condescending, or negative. God let us only hear your voice, in Jesus name.

  24. Judges 11:30-31 (NLT)
    30 And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord. He said, “If you give me victory over the Ammonites, 31 I will give to the Lord whatever comes out of my house to meet me when I return in triumph. I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.”

    Ask and you shall receive bargain and you may whine.

    The Lord is not the mafia. We don’t need to give him an offer he can’t refuse. In fact that actually disrespects and undermines the relationship he has with us.

    We don’t need to make a deal. All Jepthah had to do was ask if the Lord would do it. Instead he tried to bargain to make himself look good and lost his daughter.

    Jesus loves us. Just ask.

  25. 29 Then 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.

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

    Wow, Jephthah jumped for the chance at leading the Israelites in battle; that he prayed a vow to God without thinking it through. Then he had to keep the promise of that vow to God when he saw his only daughter acting carnal. I know that I had prayed for patience once and now I have to exercise that in all manor that God has provided. How would I be any different acting carnal for something that I prayed for. We have to be careful in the things that we pray for: God will put your faith to the test as He did with Jephthah. Are you willing to follow God over what you prayed for, think about it before you pray it to God……..Thank you Jesus….Amen!!!

  26. Jephthah was judged by not his past but his mothers and by his mothers past he was pushed away from his people. However he still kept his relationship with God through all of it. Then the people came back to ask for his help, after everything they did to Jephthah he forgave them and let God use him to help the people.
    We have to be like Jephthah. We forgive the people that hurt us but always keep our relationship with God so he can use us to save this community. We have to let others know that no matter what they or their family did it doesn’t matter! Because our God is a forgiving God and we follow after his footsteps.

  27. You keep whatever your god Chemosh gives you, and we will keep whatever the Lord our God gives us.
    Judges 11:24 NLT
    http://bible.com/116/jdg.11.24.NLT

    The things the world has to offer do not compare to what the Lord has to offer. We have love, peace and joy with God’s Spirit in us and life more abudantly in Christ Jesus.

  28. 19 And 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.

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

    21 And 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.

  29. 12 And 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?

    13 And 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.

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

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

    Jephthah knew his history, he knew what his people had gone through and knew how to apply that knowledge. Living in ignorance does not do us good, rather it cripples us in this world we live in where history frequently repeats itself. God operates in cyclical manners and if we are not able to view circumstances through the lens of the entire cycle, we will miss many important details and may make very unwise decisions. Having knowledge gives us power to make wise decisions and follow after God the way we should. Sitting in darkness does not teach us how light shines.

  30. 34. And Jeph’-thah came to Miz’-peh 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 Am’-mon. 37. And 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. 38. And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains. 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 Is’-ra-el, 40. That the daughters of Is’-ra-el went yearly to lament the daughter of Jeph’-thah the Gil’-e-ad-ite four days in a year. Sing Hallelujah to the LORD !!!!

  31. Jephthah was the most unlikely candidate for leadership. He was the son of a whore and rejected by his family. Despite this, God used him. We see the perversion of his faith by making a vow to God for a victory. This was a custom of the pagans that lived in the area. When he found that it was his daughter who he would offer as a burnt sacrifice he was distraught. Had he really known God, he would have realized his folly in such a ludicrous and pagan vow that he would have repented. He him hose rather to offer his daughter as a burnt offering, which Is not what God desires. He we see the folly of a perverted faith.

    Some assume that his daughter remain in perpetual virginity rather than being burnt as a sacrifice. This disregards the historical context of pagan religiosity and ignores Hebrew vocabulary, syntax, and context.

    When we mix ungodly views with out theology, we run the risk losses that God does not intend for us.

  32. 1 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.

    2 And 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.

    It is important that we do not allow a judgmental spirit to creep among us. Jephthah was a man of valour despite his moms past.

    The church is the mother of us all. I believe God is sending us people that have great potential yet lack foundational doctrine.

    We cannot be quick to judge because God knows exactly what He is doing. Remember it’s His plan not ours. 😉 So, as He sends them it is our responsibility to love them and lead them to Him not judge who He sent to fulfill His plan for this region.

  33. 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.

    The best way to win a battle.

    Who ever wins, my God or your god? To Christians, this should always be the case, it’s never us against anyone. If our God is before us, who can be against us.

  34. 10 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, The Lord be witness between us, if we do not so according to thy words.

    11 Then 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.

  35. “Jephthah came home to Mizpah. His daughter ran from the house to welcome him home—dancing to tambourines! She was his only child. He had no son or daughter except her. When he realized who it was, he ripped his clothes, saying, “Ah, dearest daughter—I’m dirt. I’m despicable. My heart is torn to shreds. I made a vow to GOD and I can’t take it back!”

    She said, “Dear father, if you made a vow to GOD, do to me what you vowed; GOD did his part and saved you from your Ammonite enemies.””
    ‭‭Judges‬ ‭11:34-36‬ ‭MSG‬‬

    This is a great example of honor and integrity. A man that has kept his word. And has lead by example that even his child understood and accepted what needed to be done. 

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