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Judges 11Now Yiphtah of Gile‘ad, he was a soldier of renown: he was the son of a prostitute woman, and Yiphtah had been sired by Gile‘ad. But the wife of Gile‘ad bore him sons, and the sons of this woman grew up and drove Yiphtah out, saying to him “You shall not inherit in the house of our father, for you are the son of a different woman.”
So Yiphtah fled the presence of his brothers and settled in the land of Tob, and there gathered around Yiphtah some worthless men, and they went about with him.
Now it happened that after some time the sons of ‘Ammon made war with Yisra’el, and it also happened that when the sons of ‘Ammon waged war with Yisra’el the elders of Gile‘ad came to fetch Yiphtah from the land of Tob, and they said to Yiphtah, “Come and be with us as war commander, and we will battle with the sons of ‘Ammon.”
But Yiphtah said to the elders of Gile‘ad, “Was it not you who hated me and drove me out from the house of my father: so why do you come to me now that distress is on you?”
And the elders of Gile‘ad said to Yiphtah, “Therefore now we turn to you: so come with us and do battle with the sons of ‘Ammon, and you can be with us as chief over all who live in Gile‘ad.”
Then Yiphtah said to the elders of Gile‘ad, “Suppose you return with me to battle the sons of ‘Ammon, and Yahweh hands them over because of my presence, then I will be with you as chief?”
Then the elders of Gile‘ad said to Yiphtah, “Yahweh will hear what is between us, if there is a difference betwen your words and our deeds.”
So Yiphtah went with the elders of Gile‘ad and the people appointed him over them as chief and war commander, and Yiphtah spoke all his words in the presence of Yahweh at Mitspah.
[v29.] Then there came upon Yiphtah the spirit of Yahweh, and he passed through the Gile‘ad and Manasseh, and he passed by Mitspah Gile‘ad, and from Mitspah Gile‘ad he came up against the sons of ‘Ammon. Then Yiphtah vowed a vow to Yahweh, and he said, “if you will assuredly give the sons of ‘Ammon into my hand, then may this be: that which comes out, yes whatever comes out from the doors of my house to greet me on my return in peace from the sons of ‘Ammon, then it shall be for Yahweh, and I shall offer it up as a burnt offering.”
So Yiphtah came up against the sons of ‘Ammon to do battle against them, and Yahweh gave them into his hand, and he slew them from ‘Aro‘er, even going as far as Minniyth, twenty towns, and as far as Abel Keramim: he humiliated them very deeply.
Then Yiphtah went from Mitspah to his house - and see, his daughter coming out to greet him, with timbrels and the dance, and she was single, an only daughter, and he had no other son or daughter.