Jud 11:2
11:2 And Gilead's wife bare him sons; and his wife's sons grew
     up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou
     shalt not inherit in our father's house; for thou [art] the
     son of a {a} strange woman.

     (a) That is, of a harlot as in @Jud 11:1.

Jud 11:3
11:3 Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land
     of {b} Tob: and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah,
     and {c} went out with him.

     (b) Where the governor of the country was called Tob.
     (c) Joined with him, as some think, against his brethren.

Jud 11:5
11:5 And it was so, that when the children of Ammon made war
     against Israel, the {d} elders of Gilead went to fetch
     Jephthah out of the land of Tob:

     (d) Or, ambassadors, sent for that purpose.

Jud 11:6
11:6 And they said unto Jephthah, {e} Come, and be our captain,
     that we may fight with the children of Ammon.

     (e) Men are often forced to ask for help from them, whom
         before they refused.

Jud 11:7
11:7 And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, Did not ye
     hate me, and {f} expel me out of my father's house? and why
     are ye come unto me now when ye are in distress?

     (f) Often those things which men reject, God chooses to do
         great enterprises by.

Jud 11:20
11:20 But Sihon {g} trusted not Israel to pass through his
      coast: but Sihon gathered all his people together, and
      pitched in Jahaz, and fought against Israel.

      (g) He trusted them not to go through his country.

Jud 11:24
11:24 Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth
      thee to possess? So whomsoever the {h} LORD our God shall
      drive out from before us, them will we possess.

      (h) For we should believe and obey God more than you your

Jud 11:26
11:26 While Israel dwelt in Heshbon and her towns, and in Aroer
      and her towns, and in all the cities that [be] along by
      the coasts of Arnon, three hundred years? why therefore
      did ye not recover {i} [them] within that time?

      (i) Meaning their towns.

Jud 11:27
11:27 Wherefore I have not sinned against thee, but thou doest
      me wrong to war against me: the LORD the Judge {k} be
      judge this day between the children of Israel and the
      children of Ammon.

      (k) To punish the offender.

Jud 11:29
11:29 Then the {l} Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he
      passed over Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh
      of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over [unto]
      the children of Ammon.

      (l) That is, the spirit of strength and zeal.

Jud 11:30
11:30 And Jephthah {m} vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If
      thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into
      mine hands,

      (m) As the apostle commends Jephthah for his worthy
          enterprise in delivering the people, @He 11:32 so
          by his rash vow and wicked performance of the same,
          his victory was defaced: and here we see that the sins
          of the godly do not utterly extinguish their faith.

Jud 11:34
11:34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold,
      his daughter came out to meet him with {n} timbrels and
      with dances: and she [was his] only child; beside her he
      had neither son nor daughter.

      (n) According to the manner after the victory.

Jud 11:35
11:35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he {o} rent his
      clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me
      very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I
      have opened my mouth unto the LORD, and I cannot go back.

      (o) Being overcome with blind zeal, and not considering
          whether the vow was lawful or not.

Jud 11:37
11:37 And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for
      me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down
      upon the mountains, and {p} bewail my virginity, I and my

      (p) For it was counted as a shame in Israel, to die
          without children, and therefore they rejoiced to be

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