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Judges 12:1-15

12  Then the men of E′phra·im were called together and crossed over northward and said to Jeph′thah: “Why is it that you crossed over to fight against the sons of Am′mon, and to us you did not issue a call to go with you?+ Your very house we shall burn over you with fire.”+  But Jeph′thah said to them: “I became a special contender,* I and my people, with the sons of Am′mon.+ And I proceeded to call to YOU for aid, and YOU did not save me out of their hand.  When I got to see that you were no savior, then I determined to put my soul* in my own palm+ and go over against the sons of Am′mon.+ At that Jehovah gave them into my hand. So why have YOU come up against me this day to fight against me?”  Immediately Jeph′thah collected all the men of Gil′e·ad together+ and fought E′phra·im; and the men of Gil′e·ad went striking E′phra·im down, for they had said: “Men escaped from E′phra·im is what YOU are, O Gil′e·ad, inside of E′phra·im, inside of Ma·nas′seh.”  And Gil′e·ad got to capture the fords of the Jordan+ ahead of E′phra·im; and it occurred that when the escaping men of E′phra·im would say: “Let me pass over,” then the men of Gil′e·ad would say to each one: “Are you an E′phra·im·ite?” When he would say: “No!”  then they would say to him: “Please say Shib′bo·leth.”*+ And he would say: “Sib′bo·leth,”* as he was unable* to say the word correctly. And they would lay hold of him and slay him at the fords of the Jordan. So there fell at that time forty-two thousand out of E′phra·im.+  And Jeph′thah continued to judge Israel for six years, after which Jeph′thah the Gil′e·ad·ite died and was buried in his city in Gil′e·ad.*  And Ib′zan from Beth′le·hem+ began to judge Israel after him.+  And he came to have thirty sons and thirty daughters. He sent outside and brought in thirty daughters for his sons from outside.* And he continued to judge Israel for seven years. 10  Then Ib′zan died and was buried in Beth′le·hem. 11  And after him E′lon the Ze·bu′lu·nite+ began to judge Israel. And he continued to judge Israel ten years. 12  Then E′lon the Ze·bu′lu·nite died and was buried in Ai′ja·lon in the land of Zeb′u·lun. 13  And after him Ab′don the son of Hil′lel the Pir′a·thon·ite+ began to judge Israel. 14  And he came to have forty sons and thirty grandsons who rode on seventy full-grown asses.+ And he continued to judge Israel eight years. 15  Then Ab′don the son of Hil′lel the Pir′a·thon·ite died and was buried in Pir′a·thon in the land of E′phra·im in the mountain of the A·mal′ek·ite.*+


Lit., “a man of contention specially.”
Or, “my life.” Heb., naph·shi′; Gr., psy·khen′; Lat., a′ni·mam.
“Please say Shibboleth.” Heb., ʼemor-naʼ′ shib·bo′leth. “Shibboleth” means “Ear of Grain”; or, “Flowing Stream.” See Ge 41:5.
“And he would say: ‘Sibboleth.’ ” Heb., wai·yoʼ′mer sib·bo′leth. “Sibboleth” is the Ephraimite pronunciation of “Shibboleth.”
“Was unable,” in agreement with 12 Heb. mss that literally read, “did not understand how”; M, “would not persevere.”
“In his city in Gilead,” LXXBVg; M, “in [one of] the cities of Gilead”; Sy, “in a city of Gilead.”
“Outside,” that is, out of other families or tribes (clans).
“In Mount Lanak,” LXXA.