Jephthah and Ephraim
12:1 And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves
together, and went northward, and 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 thine house upon thee with fire.
12:2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at
great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called
you, ye delivered me not out of their hands.
12:3 And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life
in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon,
and the LORD delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are
ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me?
12:4 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead,
and fought with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead smote
Ephraim, because they said, Ye Gileadites are fugitives of
Ephraim among the Ephraimites, and among the Manassites.
12:5 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before
the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites
which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of
Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said,
12:6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he
said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it
right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of
Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty
and two thousand.
12:7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then died
Jephthah the Gileadite, and was buried in one of the cities
Ibzan, Elon and Abdon
12:8 And after him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel.
12:9 And he had thirty sons, and thirty daughters, whom he
sent abroad, and took in thirty daughters from abroad for
his sons. And he judged Israel seven years.
12:10 Then died Ibzan, and was buried at Bethlehem.
12:11 And after him Elon, a Zebulonite, judged Israel; and
he judged Israel ten years.
12:12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, and was buried in
Aijalon in the country of Zebulun.
12:13 And after him Abdon the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite,
12:14 And he had forty sons and thirty nephews, that rode
on threescore and ten ass colts: and he judged Israel eight
12:15 And Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and
was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the mount
of the Amalekites.