Judges Chapter 11
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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Matthew Henry's Judges Chapter 11 Bible commentary...
Jephtah and the Gileadites. (1-11) He attempts to make peace. (12-28) Jephthah's vow. He vanquishes the Ammonites. (29-40)1-11 Men ought not to be blamed for their parentage, so long as they by their personal merits roll away any reproach. God had forgiven Israel, therefore Jephthah will forgive. He speaks not with confidence of his success, knowing how justly God might suffer the Ammonites to prevail for the further punishment of Israel. Nor does he speak with any confidence at all in himself. If he succeed, it is the Lord delivers them into his hand; he thereby reminds his countrymen to look up to God as the Giver of victory. The same question as here, in fact, is put to those who desire salvation by Christ. If he save you, will ye be willing that he shall rule you? On no other terms will he save you. If he make you happy, shall he make you holy? If he be your helper, shall he be your Head? Jephthah, to obtain a little worldly honour, was willing to expose his life: shall we be discouraged in our Christian warfare by the difficulties we may meet with, when Christ has promised a crown of life to him that overcometh?
12-28 One instance of the honour and respect we owe to God, as our God, is, rightly to employ what he gives us to possess. Receive it from him, use it for him, and part with it when he calls for it. The whole of this message shows that Jephthah was well acquainted with the books of Moses. His argument was clear, and his demand reasonable. Those who possess the most courageous faith, will be the most disposed for peace, and the readiest to make advances to obtain; but rapacity and ambition often cloak their designs under a plea of equity, and render peaceful endeavours of no avail.
29-40 Several important lessons are to be learned from Jephthah's vow. 1. There may be remainders of distrust and doubting, even in the hearts of true and great believers. 2. Our vows to God should not be as a purchase of the favour we desire, but to express gratitude to him. 3. We need to be very well-advised in making vows, lest we entangle ourselves. 4. What we have solemnly vowed to God, we must perform, if it be possible and lawful, though it be difficult and grievous to us. 5. It well becomes children, obediently and cheerfully to submit to their parents in the Lord. It is hard to say what Jephthah did in performance of his vow; but it is thought that he did not offer his daughter as a burnt-offering. Such a sacrifice would have been an abomination to the Lord; it is supposed she was obliged to remain unmarried, and apart from her family. Concerning this and some other such passages in the sacred history, about which learned men are divided and in doubt, we need not perplex ourselves; what is necessary to our salvation, thanks be to God, is plain enough. If the reader recollects the promise of Christ concerning the teaching of the Holy Spirit, and places himself under this heavenly Teacher, the Holy Ghost will guide to all truth in every passage, so far as it is needful to be understood.
Rick's Judges Chapter 11 comment on 7/20/2014, 4:05am...
Jephtah made a grand request to the Lord of Hosts .He asked the Lord of armies to fight on behalf of Israel and in turn Jephtah would offer a burnt offering of whatever comes first to greet him from his conquest.Here the test of faith lies with Japhta himself because God had already proved and still proves his unquestionable ability to redeem Israel from the grip of her adversaries right from Pharoah to the waters of the Red Sea through to the Amalekites ,Philistines etc.Here God makes to come out first Japhtah 's only daughter in order to ascertain whether Japhtah in his Carnal state would go back on his word because where Japhtah 's heart was there God touched.I assume this was a great test of obedience and l commend Japhtah for having honored his word.
Roger's Judges Chapter 11 comment about verse 40 on 5/01/2014, 1:36am...
Be diligent and unbiased , study the word 'lament ' in context with the story and you will find your answer
Anderson's Judges Chapter 11 comment on 9/16/2013, 11:17pm...
I marvel at the knowledge Jephtar has in th the history of Israel. He knows that he is going to fight to possess what is justly Israel's and the who gave it to Israel will be on his side. How much more should Christians reclaim their relationship with God and the victory that goes with it.
Anonymous's Judges Chapter 11 comment about verse 3 on 9/04/2013, 3:45am...
When I looked at this text I see Jephther as a man with a great leadership skill.His ability to turn useless men to mighty warriors is commendable.Rev king Mac. Nigeria.
Mark's Judges Chapter 11 comment on 6/22/2013, 9:03pm...
This is a follow-up to my original comment from 6/21/13. Upon further study and consideration, I was wrong in my first statement concerning Jephthah's vow. I believe he probably dedicated his daughter to service for the Lord. I think that others have posted similar thoughts along the same line regarding this. My other position conflicted with the character of Almighty God.
Mark's Judges Chapter 11 comment on 6/21/2013, 8:49pm...
As Matthew Henry stated, various views exist concerning the outcome of Jephthahs' daughter. My best guess is he probably expected one of his animals (pets/livestock) to greet him. Unfortunately, his daughter was the first to meet him from the house. I believe she did pay with her life, although not by being burned. She may have been stoned to death or executed with a dagger (ie. Abraham and Issac). The main lesson is don't speak rashly or too spontaneously when conversing with God. Let your yea be yea and your nay be nay. God would have granted his petition without such a vow having to be made.
Tina's Judges Chapter 11 comment on 3/18/2013, 11:07am...
This chapter is saying whatever you promise God at the beginning of your relationship with him, keep it. No matter how hard life gets show God you still trust in him. Because things in life will try to cause you to lose focus on him whether good or bad.
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