Judges Chapter 12

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Judges 12

1 And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon thee with fire.

2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye delivered me not out of their hands.

3 And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the Lord delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me?

4 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because they said, Ye Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim among the Ephraimites, and among the Manassites.

5 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;

6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.

7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then died Jephthah the Gileadite, and was buried in one of the cities of Gilead.

8 And after him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel.

9 And he had thirty sons, and thirty daughters, whom he sent abroad, and took in thirty daughters from abroad for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years.

10 Then died Ibzan, and was buried at Bethlehem.

11 And after him Elon, a Zebulonite, judged Israel; and he judged Israel ten years.

12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, and was buried in Aijalon in the country of Zebulun.

13 And after him Abdon the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged Israel.

14 And he had forty sons and thirty nephews, that rode on threescore and ten ass colts: and he judged Israel eight years.

15 And Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the mount of the Amalekites.

37 thoughts on “Judges Chapter 12

  1. In these two verses 1 and 2, I come to the understanding that in the bible days they used a lot of bribery which is known as black mailing these days. Where we were not suppose to judge back in the those days they judged Israel not just one but all of them.
    1 And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon thee with fire.

    2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye delivered me not out of their hands
    Be careful little ears and eyes what you hear and see for sin is upon you.

  2. Verses 4-6 MSG “So Jephthah got his Gilead troops together and fought Ephraim. And the men of Gilead hit them hard because they were saying, “Gileadites are nothing but half breeds and rejects from Ephraim and Manasseh.” The Lord can use and give victory to anyone (as he did with Jephthah and his Gilead troops) who seeks Him regardless of what others may say or think.

  3. 6. they told him, “All right. Say ‘Shibboleth.'” And if he said “Sibboleth,” they took him and killed him, for he could not pronounce it correctly, betraying that he was from Ephraim. So there at the fords of the Jordan 42,000 Ephraimites were killed in those days. Voice

    If you are not what you claim to be, you are not fooling everyone. The things you say (or don’t say) reveal who you really are.

  4. 6 they would tell him to say “Shibboleth.” If he was from Ephraim, he would say “Sibboleth,” because people from Ephraim cannot pronounce the word correctly. Then they would take him and kill him at the shallow crossings of the Jordan. In all, 42,000 Ephraimites were killed at that time. (NLT)

    The people from Ephraim tried to walk the walk but couldn’t quite talk the talk. As apostolic pentecostals it’s easy to look the part; we need to insure our talk matches our walk!

  5. “And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon thee with fire.”
    ‭‭Judges‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

  6. if you cant stand tall and uphold what and who you say you are better stay back and lurk in the shadows. In other words be truthful.

  7. Sometimes you’ll get promises from people that they can’t deliver on. Would you continue to fight on a side that is always loosing? You have to rethink your strategy and find a solution that works. In this case, let God show you the way to victory. Some of the people that claim to be there for you, don’t have the authority to help see you through your trial. When our trust is in Jesus, our outcome is victory.

  8. HELP COMES FROM THE LORD

    1 And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon thee with fire.
    2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye delivered me not out of their hands.
    3 And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the Lord delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me?

    The men of Ephraim appear to be the arrogant type that need to be involved and in control of everything. The type of people that offer their assistance after the fact so that they may ease their own conscience.

    Jephthah’s response was that of a determined leader, “we called for help, you didn’t respond, BUT the LORD did. Often as believers we ask others for help and for various reasons that request falls on deaf ears. I believe the LORD desires to increase our FAITH in him and not rely so much on man.

    We should continue to request the help of man, however we should be prepared to persevere with the LORD if man is unwilling or unavailable.

    Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

    THROUGH CHRIST – HELP COMES FROM THE LORD

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  9. 6 they would tell him to say “Shibboleth.” If he was from Ephraim, he would say “Sibboleth,” because people from Ephraim cannot pronounce the word correctly. Then they would take him and kill him at the shallow crossings of the Jordan. In all, 42,000 Ephraimites were killed at that time. (NLT

    These people tried to fake who they were and give a impression of someone they were not. But you can only fake who you are for so long. You can only act like something your not for a period of time before you are exposed. Words that you speak will betray you. Your ungodly lifestyle will betray you. You must live this Apostolic live every day or your sins will find you out!

  10. 1 And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon thee with fire.

  11. 5 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;

    6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.

    Why would you want to try and be something that you’re not. The truth is always the way to be. The Ephraimites found out the hard way. In their days lying was a death sentence. In our days it’s a worldly acceptable form of communication, but eventually the liar gets caught. Be who you are. If the world is more important than your self worth; maybe you should rethink how you approach yourself. I was one of those that lied all the time and yes I finally got caught. Think about what you’re going to say before you say it and then ask yourself what are the consequences. Lying is never worth it.

    Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

    Have a blessed day and God be with you always. The truth hurts sometimes, but it’s better to be truthful, than full of deceit.
    …….Thank you Jesus…….Amen!!!

  12. 6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.

  13. they would tell him to say “Shibboleth.” If he was from Ephraim, he would say “Sibboleth,” because people from Ephraim cannot pronounce the word correctly. Then they would take him and kill him at the shallow crossings of the Jordan. In all, 42,000 Ephraimites were killed at that time.
    Judges 12:6 NLT
    http://bible.com/116/jdg.12.6.NLT

    Even the way you speak will call you out. When can say to be this or that but will eventually come out. The bible says put of the abundancd of the heart speaks the mouth. Youay claim to be something, but what are your words saying. This verse reminded me of Peter back when they took Jesus.

    And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.”
    Matthew 26:73 NKJV
    http://bible.com/114/mat.26.73.NKJV

  14. 5 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;

    6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.

  15. Vs 6 They would tell him to say “Shibboleth.” If he was from Ephraim, he would say “Sibboleth,” because people from Ephraim cannot pronounce the word correctly. Then they would take him and kill him at the shallow crossings of the Jordan. In all, 42,000 Ephraimites were killed at that time. (NLT
    Your sins will find you out. You may be able to hide behind, your title, or the way you dress, but God sees the heart. Be what God wants you to be not what the world tries to make you to be.

  16. 2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye delivered me not out of their hands.

    Another place in scripture, Judges 5:23, says “Curse ye, Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.” Here, Ephraim did not aid Gilead, God’s people, and they were destroyed.

  17. Judges 12:2-3 (NLT)
    2) Jephthah replied, “I summoned you at the beginning of the dispute, but you refused to come! You failed to help us in our struggle against Ammon.
    3) So when I realized you weren’t coming, I risked my life and went to battle without you, and the LORD gave me victory over the Ammonites. So why have you now come to fight me?”

    There are some battles in this life we are going to have to fight with only the LORD’S help.
    There are going to be times when we must “encourage ourselves in the LORD” and keep fighting the good fight of faith.
    With the LORD on our side, He will give us the Victory!

  18. 5 The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Ephraim, and whenever a survivor of Ephraim said, “Let me cross over,” the men of Gilead asked him, “Are you an Ephraimite?” If he replied, “No,” 6 they said, “All right, say ‘Shibboleth.’” If he said, “Sibboleth,” because he could not pronounce the word correctly, they seized him and killed him at the fords of the Jordan. Forty-two thousand Ephraimites were killed at that time.

    We got to be Christian in all aspects. We can look the part but when we open our mouth is it the Christian part?

  19. 1 And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon thee with fire.

    2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye delivered me not out of their hands.

    3 And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the Lord delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me?

    4 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because they said, Ye Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim among the Ephraimites, and among the Manassites.

    It’s awesome when there is a group of people fighting for the same victory and victory comes. But sometimes we have to stand alone to achieve victory because the victory we need may not be the victory another needs, or its priority for us to press through to victory now, when it may not be that much of a priority for another person.

    God equips us with what we need whether it’s one or one hundred praying, its the same power regardless. We just must tap into the power and press forward until victory comes.

  20. 1 And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon thee with fire.

    2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye delivered me not out of their hands.

    3 And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the Lord delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me?

  21. 1 And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon thee with fire.

    The people didn’t go in separate directions. Some didn’t go to the west while the rest went to the North. Everyone of them went together to the North as a group. We need to be united in the same way as God takes us to the place he wants us to be.

  22. Judges 12:3 (NLT)
    3 So when I realized you weren’t coming, I risked my life and went to battle without you, and the Lord gave me victory over the Ammonites. So why have you now come to fight me?”

    When the Lord says he will do it he will do it. It is never risking your life when God is behind what you are doing. If he can give Peter power to walk on the ocean waves he can give us power to defeat the ammonites in our life. With God we always have the upper hand.

  23. iLove to Grow in the Word

    “they would tell him to say “Shibboleth.” If he was from Ephraim, he would say “Sibboleth,” because people from Ephraim cannot pronounce the word correctly. Then they would take him and kill him at the shallow crossings of the Jordan. In all, 42,000 Ephraimites were killed at that time.”
    ‭‭Judges‬ ‭12:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    It really is sad but it pays to learn how to pronounce things correctly.

  24. 6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.

    We can say we are children of the only RIGHTEOUS ,HOLY GOD…but our life style needs to back it up, we will be tested, but if we are truly a child of God, we will do and say all the right things and our integrity will be before us, our testimoney will be safe.

  25. 6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.

    I liked the way the verse said it. You should not judge the way people say words not only are you hurting yourself you are also hurting the person you are talking too.

  26. 1 And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon thee with fire

  27. “And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye delivered me not out of their hands.” The word of God (Jesus) identified that a genuine plea for help was made; however it was ignored. One is wise to assist if at all possible, when a request for help is made. Albeit one that misuses a plea for help, should not be surprised when the requested are no longer willing. Dear God, let us willing help another in need, and protect us from manipulators in Jesus name. May God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  28. “Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.” Their speech, was their demise. The Lord is also looking at our speech; what is said for others to hear, what is said so others cannot hear, and also what is said in our heart. God let us be mindful as you hear all, in Jesus name.

  29. 6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.

    Orange (Aah-ran-ge). That the way it’s pronounced in south west Texas, no one down there seems to have a problem with it, but up here I’m mocked and corrected constantly.

    It’s a dialect, I don’t correct Puertoricans for mis pronouncing there Spanish, I just go with it. There are more Spanish speaking individuals in American then English, it’s seems like we are gonna have start learning Spanish soon to get along in this country.

  30. This chapter illustrates racism by calling a people half breeds. There was a racial supremacist attitude. Ephraimites spoke a different dialect and they would be noticed by their mispronunciation of certain words.

  31. 8 And after him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel.

    9 And he had thirty sons, and thirty daughters, whom he sent abroad, and took in thirty daughters from abroad for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years.

    10 Then died Ibzan, and was buried at Bethlehem.

    11 And after him Elon, a Zebulonite, judged Israel; and he judged Israel ten years.

    12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, and was buried in Aijalon in the country of Zebulun.

    13 And after him Abdon the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged Israel.

    14 And he had forty sons and thirty nephews, that rode on threescore and ten ass colts: and he judged Israel eight years.

    15 And Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the mount of the Amalekites.

    This scripture reminded me of Proverbs 22:6
    “6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

  32. Only An Accent

    6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.

    In the US, many native accents have developed over time, yet we still consider the country to be one whole unit regardless of regional differences. An accent describes differences in how words are spoken, based on emphasis of stress or pitch. At times, accents are also associated with the incorporation of regional slang or colloquialisms and/or the adoption of parts of speech from another language that has a heavy local influence (think of Louisiana and the way the French language has influenced the accent and even given rise to the distinct Creole dialect.)

    However, in the church of God, while there may be cultural differences based on region, there is still only one Gospel. The doctrine of the church knows no “accent.” The doctrine of the church is not up for private interpretation or modification. One cannot change the mode of baptism and still adhere to the doctrine of God’s church. In fact, because the church is founded by God and not man, if anyone would desire to change the foundation of the church, they would find themselves a part of an assembly or organization but not THE church. THE CHURCH has participated in, teaches, practices, and evangelizes in accordance to the New Birth experience commanded in Acts 2:38. THE CHURCH follows after holiness and being separate from the generation we find ourselves in. THE CHURCH does not quench the Spirit but seeks after the fruit of God’s Spirit and eagerly welcomes the operation of the gifts of the Spirit. THE CHURCH accepts the entire Bible as the literal Word of God, penned through men who spoke as the Spirit of God inspired and moved upon them. THE CHURCH operates by the fivefold ministry of prophets, evangelists, apostles, pastors, and teachers. THE CHURCH preserves and practices the Apostles’ doctrine and rejects the changes and additions put forth by the Counsil of Nicea at Roman in 325 A.D. THE CHURCH does not condone sin or sinful lifestyles and does not abuse grace as a means to “sin and get away with it.” THE CHURCH welcomes any individual who would seek the Lord but does not do so at the cost of preaching truth and identifying mankind’s need for repentance. THE CHURCH is blood-bought by Jesus Christ at Calvary and acknowledges Him as Lord and Savior. THE CHURCH believes in One God named Jesus and does not believe in a “trinity” but understands that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost and three titles to describe the singular person of Jesus who alone in the godhead, saying there was none beside Him and no other god but Him. THE CHURCH understands there is only one Church and it is not defined by man’s declaration of faith or sainthood but in God’s acceptance of us through the New Birth experience.

    There can be no compromise, no variation, no stumbling in the precious spiritual heritage of the faith we have. To “speak with an accent” is to identify oneself as accepting and affirming a doctrine and faith other than that of God’s church. There may be multitudes of different denominations and religions under the sun now but the day of judgement will come when all of mankind will give and answer before God and it will become clear to all what is truth and what is an “accent.”

  33. 3So when I realized you weren’t coming, I risked my life and went to battle without you, and the LORD gave me victory over the Ammonites. So why have you now come to fight me?”

    Even a good gesture, they could not give Jephthat a simple thank you. Instead they wanted to give him a hard time for winning a battle. They wanted they credit for defeating Ammonites. When someone does a good gesture for you, just say thank you and move on!

  34. 2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye delivered me not out of their hands.

    3 And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the Lord delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me?

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