Judges 11:40

“That the daughters of Israel went yeerely to lament the daughter of Iephthah the Gileadite foure dayes in a yeere.”

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Other Translations

[That] the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.
- King James Version

that the daughters of Israel went yearly to commemorate the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in the year.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

that the daughters of Israel went yearly to celebrate the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the women to go year by year sorrowing for the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite, four days in every year.
- Basic English Bible

that from year to year the daughters of Israel go to celebrate the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in the year.
- Darby Bible

That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.
- Webster's Bible

that the daughters of Israel went yearly to celebrate the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.
- World English Bible

from time to time the daughters of Israel go to talk to the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite, four days in a year.
- Youngs Literal Bible

that the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Judges 11:40


11:40 The daughter of Jephthah - It is really astonishing, that the general stream of commentators, should take it for granted, that Jephthah murdered his daughter! But, says Mr. Henry, We do not find any law, usage or custom, in all the Old Testament, which doth in the least intimate, that a single life was any branch or article of religion. And do we find any law, usage or custom there, which doth in the least intimate, that cutting the throat of an only child, was any branch or article of religion? If only a dog had met Jephthah, would he have offered up that for a burnt - offering? No: because God had expressly forbidden this. And had he not expressly forbidden murder? But Mr. Poole thinks the story of Agamemnon's offering up Iphigenia took its rise from this. Probably it did. But then let it be observed, Iphigenia was not murdered. Tradition said, that Diana sent an hind in her stead, and took the maid to live in the woods with her.


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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