| 1 And the men of Ephraim were gathered together, and passed
northward; and they said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight
against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will
burn thy house upon thee with fire. 2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and
my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called
you, ye saved me not out of their hand. 3 And when I saw that ye saved me
not, I put my life in my hand, and passed over against the children of Ammon,
and Jehovah delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto
me this day, to fight against me? 4 Then Jephthah gathered together all
the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim; and the men of Gilead smote
Ephraim, because they said, Ye are fugitives of Ephraim, ye Gileadites, in
the midst of Ephraim, and in the midst of Manasseh. 5 And the
Gileadites took the fords of the Jordan against the Ephraimites. And it was
so, that, when any of the fugitives of Ephraim said, Let me go over,
the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;
6 then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth; and he said Sibboleth; for
he could not frame to pronounce it right: then they laid hold on him, and
slew him at the fords of the Jordan. And there fell at that time of Ephraim
forty and two thousand.|
7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then died Jephthah the Gileadite,
and was buried in one of the cities of Gilead.
8 And after him Ibzan of Beth-lehem judged Israel. 9 And he had thirty
sons; and thirty daughters he sent abroad, and thirty daughters he brought in
from abroad for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years. 10 And Ibzan
died, and was buried at Beth-lehem. 11 And after him Elon the Zebulunite
judged Israel; and he judged Israel ten years. 12 And Elon the Zebulunite
died, and was buried in Aijalon in the land of Zebulun.
13 And after him Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite judged Israel.
14 And he had forty sons and thirty sons' sons, that rode on threescore
and ten ass colts: and he judged Israel eight years. 15 And Abdon the son
of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was buried in Pirathon in the land of
Ephraim, in the hill-country of the Amalekites.
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