Judges 11:38

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for 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.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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

Bible Commentary for Judges 11:38

Wesley's Notes for Judges 11:38


11:36 Do to me - Do not for my sake make thyself a transgressor; I freely give my consent to thy vow.

11:37 Mountains - Which she chose as a solitary place, and therefore fittest for lamentation. Bewail - That I shall die childless, which was esteemed both a curse and a disgrace for the Israelites, because such were excluded from that great privilege of increasing the holy seed, and contributing to the birth of the Messiah.

11:39 Did with her - Jephthah's daughter was not sacrificed, but only devoted to perpetual virginity. This appears, From ver.#37|,38, where we read, that she bewailed not her death, which had been the chief cause of lamentation, if that had been vowed, but her virginity: From this ver.#39|, where, after he had said, that he did with her according to his vow; he adds, by way of declaration of the matter of that vow, and she knew no man. It is probably conceived, that the Greeks, who used to steal sacred histories, and turn them into fables, had from this history their relation of Iphigenia (which may be put for Jephtigenia) sacrificed by her father Agamemnon, which is described by many of the same circumstances wherewith this is accompanied.

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.


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