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  • 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.
  • Martha S
    This story has long puzzled me but pondering again has helped. It appears Jepthah made his vow with the help of the Holy Spirit. KJ margin says "or I will offer it up for a burnt offering." Could it be that a favorite animal would have rushed to meet him as well? Sacrificing children was an abomination so she likely became fully dedicated to the Lord, as true ministers still do, as Jesus sent his.
  • April
    You know,I was thinking about it,although GOD may not like human sacrifice,even if GOD was JESUS in HUMAN form,JESUS was pure,also a virgin I kind of think that this kind of offering is the most purest,due to being untouched and their love for the LORD, JESUS was in human form and was the only begotten son,and this day was what made SALVATION possible,so as hard as it comes across,it was selfless.
  • Irene123
    "Come now, let us REASON together ..... "; why anyone would even WANT to believe God allowed human sacrifice - when He came (His spirit, for God IS spirit) as the body of Jesus to SAVE us from death - is beyond me. Jesus was God in human flesh.
  • Irene123
    Jud. 11:34-40; Matt. Henry commentary - "It is hardtop say what Japheth did ... but human sacrifice is abomination to God. It is th'ot she remained a virgin and apart from her fam.

    1 Kgs. 11:1-10; God left and cursed Solomon for his human sacrifice to Molech, Chemosh. Solomon started out good, but ended badly. God saved Isaac; it was a test of Abraham's faith.
  • Nancy
    The scripture about Japheth'vow and the following scripture about his daughter brought quite a bit of discussion in our Bible study group. The majority of them use a KJV, and it is very ambiguous. The NIV clearly stated his daughter went up into the hills with her friends to grieve that she would never have children or a family. Also, Zapheth did as he vowed. To me that means she was killed.
  • Mukisa francis
    You believe in your self dia and know ur self like jephthah!!
  • Kaggwa Andrew
    surely God employs the meek, the rejects, the unwise .....to confound the wise, hallelujah. Jehovah loathes human sacrifice! its one of the sins that made Him drive out the heathen tribes. Just as a lamb was substituted for Isaac, the Holy spirit led Jephtha to a suitable substitute. As Christians we should practice leadership and transformational roles turning vain and light lives into conquorers
  • BSP
    Jephthah kept his vow to God even though it was hard to keep. He took his vow seriously and made sure to follow through.
  • Michael C.
    Jephthah and his daughter had very great faith; and with their faith was an excellent spirit of understanding and courage, both to call upon the Lord and to follow through with all their might; and to not have second thoughts, when the holy life walking with God touched their natural and necessary comforts. How much does it matters to God, if people keep memorials, but don't imitate the character?
  • The comment by John Vian makes a lot of since. Thank you John Vian.
  • Partridge Mutiso for verse 2
    If you suffered REJECTION, do not go about rejecting others! Let people feel loved and accepted when they come to you. When you know who you are, you will always know who you are.....and what God created you to be. But first, you must know WHO you REALLY are! Add value to someones live...get over rejection!
  • Mark Bunnell
    31. ...shall surely be the LORD 'S, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering. This was his vow 39. ....who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man. makes no doubt he kept the same exact vow
  • Jephthah daughter wept, not over her death but over her "virginity ", for it was the desire of every Israelite man and woman to have children and to keep the family name and inheritance alive. So it was a real sacrifice on the part of both Jephthah and his daughter, for he had no other children and she would never have relations with a man.
  • Katie
    John Vian understands- He has it right. It was her virginity. She wasn 't offered as a human sacrifice as in being murdered. In the manuscripts it actually says "I will offer it instead of a burnt offering ".
  • John Vian for verse 31
    The Basic English bible has a wrong translation of Judges 11:31. Jdg 11:31 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 the vow up for a burnt offering. The word "it " was never to be used in reference to any male or female. "A substitute or pronoun of the neuter gender, sometimes called demonstrative, and standing for any thing except males and females " - Webster 's definition for the word "it. " God 's Word makes it very clear that the vows were to be made by sacrificing an animal on the alter unto the LORD. Lev 7:16 But if the sacrifice of his offering be a vow, or a voluntary offering, it shall be eaten the same day that he offereth his sacrifice: and on the morrow also the remainder of it shall be eaten: Lev 22:21 And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD to accomplish his vow, or a freewill offering in beeves or sheep, it shall be perfect to be accepted there shall be no blemish therein. And as we read further on, it was Jephthah 's daughter who was the first person to come out of his house to greet him. Some people will think that he offered his daughter up as a burnt sacrifice, this is wrong because we are not to perform human sacrifice unto the LORD. The sacrifice was in dedicating her solely unto the LORD for His purposes in the temple. This means she had to stay a virgin for the rest of her life, thus she wept because of her virginity, knowing that she will never be married unto any other but unto the LORD. Jdg 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. Jdg 11:39 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: He dedicated her unto the LORD for His services and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel, Jdg 11:40 That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year. They were lamenting her virginity.
  • Rick
    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 for verse 40
    Be diligent and unbiased , study the word 'lament ' in context with the story and you will find your answer
  • Anderson
    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 for verse 3
    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
    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
    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
    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.
  • Mas
    @Sue,
    That simply means she had to spend all her life in the Lordís service; and that excluded her from marriage, business and ownership. She could therefore bear no children.
    She had to live a life fully dedicated to God, in the Temple, with prayers and fasting.
    God bless you.
  • Knight for verse 40
    What was the name of Jephthah 's Daughter


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