Judges 11:38

“And he said, Goe. And he sent her away for two moneths, and shee went with her companions, and bewailed her virginitie vpon the mountaines.”

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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.
- King James Version

Then he said, "Go. So he sent her away for two months; and she left with her companions, and wept on the mountains because of her virginity."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she departed, she and her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he said, Go then. So he sent her away for two months; and she went with her friends to the mountains, weeping for her sad fate.
- Basic English Bible

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.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

He said, "Go." He sent her away for two months: and she departed, she and her companions, and mourned her virginity on the mountains.
- World English Bible

And he saith, `Go;' and he sendeth her away two months, and she goeth, she and her friends, and she weepeth for her virginity on the hills;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And he said: 'Go.' And he sent her away for two months; and she departed, she and her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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Discussion for Judges 11

  • Stanjett
    Vow or no vow, I would not kill my daughter. Send me to hell but let my daughter live. And I do only have one daughter and no sons.
  • BSP
    Verse 7~The men had chased Jephthah away but when they were in distress they wanted him to come back. Jephthah raised a valid point here and showed that the men had treated him unfairly.
  • Sylvia
    Frances Cantu,
    She spent two months grieving in the mountains. Bewail is to express deep sorrow by wailing and to Lament is a passionate expression of grief or sorrow. Everyone young woman wanted a family and every grandfather want grandchildren to keep the inheritance. Unfortunately because of her father's vow to GOD her dreams are shattered. She'll remain a virgin for the rest of her life.
  • Frances Cantu
    I don't understand in Judge 11:37-40 .What she meant by bewail my virginity two months in the mountain. and what did it mean when it said the daughters of Israel lament the daughters of Jephthah.
  • BSP
    In verse 37 Jephthah's daughter requested to go away and cry for a few months. This shows that although she was willing to fulfill her father's vow, this was a difficult thing for her to do.
  • Irene123
    Martha - You are quite right. But an animal didn't rush to meet him. God stipulated only animal sacrifices. The daus. sacrifice was her virginity; she could never marry and have children, because of Jepthah's vow. It was the longed for expectation of every woman of Israel to be the one to produce the Messiah. All Israelites kept animals for food, sacrifices. So Jepthah just chose a 'perfect' one.

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