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  • Peter on Judges 11
    Two Theories On This Biblical Account

    1. The king James bible says the following; he would offer her as burnt sacrifice, she lamented being a virgin for two months, then he did what he vowed. He vowed to offer her to the lord as a burnt sacrifice. This is the clear meaning of the language used in the King James Bible. This is sometimes confused with she was lamenting her virginity because she would have to remain celibate but this is not what the bible says and there are two primary issues.

    2. Theory 2 says he just offered her to the lord to be celibate the rest of her life. Two problems here. 1. Levitical law allows for making a trespass offering when a person makes a vow like this. Instead of sacrificing her or dedicating her to the lord to be celibate he could have just made a tress pass offering to be forgiven of a sinful or un-kept vow. Read Leviticus 5:4-6. The second problem is if he didn't sacrifice her as the bible says and just dedicated her to the lord, Levitical law also allows a person to buy back someone they previously dedicated to the lord for 30 shekels. Leviticus 27:2-4

    Honestly after being ran off by his brother Jephthah spent a lot of time out in the world and probably was not even familiar with the Levitical law any more. Not knowing the law he probably figured he was doing the right thing by sacrificing her when in reality he was not obeying god in this act, he was committing murder. The sin was making the vow in the first place and remedy was already provided for by god via a trespass offering.
  • ISAAC on Judges 11
    Wow! Thanks So Much Am Glad To Be Here Among People of God.
  • GODWIN N EDIAGBONYA on Judges 11
    Now i believe she was a living sacrifice
  • Obbie Beal on Judges 11
    His daughter became a Living-Sacrifice.
  • Stanjett on Judges 11
    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 on Judges 11
    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 on Judges 11
    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 on Judges 11
    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 on Judges 11
    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 on Judges 11
    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 on Judges 11
    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 on Judges 11
    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 on Judges 11
    "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 on Judges 11
    Jude 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 on Judges 11
    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 on Judges 11
    You believe in your self dia and know ur self like jephthah!!
  • Kaggwa Andrew on Judges 11
    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 on Judges 11
    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. on Judges 11
    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?
  • Fred on Judges 11:31
    The comment by John Vian makes a lot of since. Thank you John Vian.
  • Partridge Mutiso on Judges 11:2
    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 on Judges 11
    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
  • Shay on Judges 11:37
    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 on Judges 11
    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 on Judges 11:31
    The Basic English bible has a wrong translation of Judges 11:31. Judges 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. Leviticus 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: Leviticus 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. 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. Judges 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, Judges 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.
  • Wellington Wonsang - in Reply on Judges 11
    The type of mourning exhibited by Jephthah, his daughter, and her friends could not be over her virginity. There were others in scripture who remained virgins and did not mourn. Paul and Daniel, for example. Verse 39 is also very clearly states "At the end of two months, she returned to her father, and he kept the vow he had made about her." HCSB. A vow cannot be burned. The verse clearly references "it" to be his daughter by the saying "about her."
  • Rick on Judges 11
    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 on Judges 11:40
    Be diligent and unbiased , study the word 'lament ' in context with the story and you will find your answer
  • Anderson on Judges 11
    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 on Judges 11:3
    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.


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