New Living Translation
for young Israelite women to go away for four days each year to lament the fate of Jephthah's daughter.
King James Bible
That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.
Darby Bible Translation
that the daughters of Israel went year by year to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in the year.
World English Bible
that the daughters of Israel went yearly to celebrate the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.
Young's Literal Translation
from time to time the daughters of Israel go to talk to the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite, four days in a year.
Judges 11:40 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
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.
When she returned home, her father kept the vow he had made, and she died a virgin. So it has become a custom in Israel
Then the people of Ephraim mobilized an army and crossed over the Jordan River to Zaphon. They sent this message to Jephthah: "Why didn't you call for us to help you fight against the Ammonites? We are going to burn down your house with you in it!"
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