Chapter 12

The quarrel with Ephraim

12:1 And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said to Jephthah, Why did you cross over to fight against the children of Ammon, and did not call us to go with ya'll ? We will burn your house upon ya'll with fire.
12:2 And Jephthah said to them, I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon ; and when I called you, ya'll didn't deliver me out of their hands.
And when I saw that ya'll weren't helping, I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the HASHEM delivered them into my hand. Now why then are ya'll come up to 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 struck Ephraim, because they said, ya'll 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 to him, [Art] you an Ephraimite ? If he said, Nay ;
12:6 Then said they to 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.

Jephthah dies

12:7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then died Jephthah the Gileadite, and was buried in [one of] the cities of Gilead.

Subsequent judges

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, judged Israel.
12:14 And he had forty sons and thirty nephews, that rode on sixty and ten ass colts and he judged Israel eight years.
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.

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Chapter 21