Illustration Showing JEPHTHAH MET BY HIS DAUGHTER, from The Bible (Old Testament) - drawing by Gustave Dore - 023th.jpg (28K)

Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah, and he passedover Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, andfrom Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over unto the children ofAmmon.

And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, If thoushalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of myhouse to meet me, when I return in peace from the children ofAmmon, shall surely be the Lord's, and I will offer it up for aburnt offering.

So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fightagainst them; and the Lord delivered them into his hands. And hesmote them from Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith, eventwenty cities, and unto the plain of the vineyards, with a verygreat slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued beforethe children of Israel.

And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, hisdaughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: andshe was his only child; beside her he had neither son nordaughter. Judges xi, 29-34.

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