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Judges 12 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Ephraim Fights with Jephthah

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 12:1 - Then the people of Ephraim mobilized an army and crossed over the Jordan River to Zaphon. They sent this message to Jephthah: “Why didn’t you call for us to help you fight against the Ammonites? We are going to burn down your house with you in it!”

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 12:2 - Jephthah replied, “I summoned you at the beginning of the dispute, but you refused to come! You failed to help us in our struggle against Ammon.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 12:3 - So when I realized you weren’t coming, I risked my life and went to battle without you, and the LORD gave me victory over the Ammonites. So why have you now come to fight me?”

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 12:4 - The people of Ephraim responded, “You men of Gilead are nothing more than fugitives from Ephraim and Manasseh.” So Jephthah gathered all the men of Gilead and attacked the men of Ephraim and defeated them.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 12:5 - Jephthah captured the shallow crossings of the Jordan River, and whenever a fugitive from Ephraim tried to go back across, the men of Gilead would challenge him. “Are you a member of the tribe of Ephraim?” they would ask. If the man said, “No, I’m not,”

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 12:6 - they would tell him to say “Shibboleth.” If he was from Ephraim, he would say “Sibboleth,” because people from Ephraim cannot pronounce the word correctly. Then they would take him and kill him at the shallow crossings of the Jordan. In all, 42,000 Ephraimites were killed at that time.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 12:7 - Jephthah judged Israel for six years. When he died, he was buried in one of the towns of Gilead.
Ibzan Becomes Israel’s Judge

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 12:8 - After Jephthah died, Ibzan from Bethlehem judged Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 12:9 - He had thirty sons and thirty daughters. He sent his daughters to marry men outside his clan, and he brought in thirty young women from outside his clan to marry his sons. Ibzan judged Israel for seven years.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 12:10 - When he died, he was buried at Bethlehem.
Elon Becomes Israel’s Judge

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 12:11 - After Ibzan died, Elon from the tribe of Zebulun judged Israel for ten years.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 12:12 - When he died, he was buried at Aijalon in Zebulun.
Abdon Becomes Israel’s Judge

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 12:13 - After Elon died, Abdon son of Hillel, from Pirathon, judged Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 12:14 - He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys. He judged Israel for eight years.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 12:15 - When he died, he was buried at Pirathon in Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.
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