Judges 11:30, 31: Jephthah's Vow

Verse 30:[1] And Jephthah (Gen. 28:20; 1 Sam. 1:11) vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands…


[He vowed a vow, etc.] [You will find the things to be said on this passage at the end of the chapter, where it seems proper to draw together into one place all things regarding this business.]


Vowed a vow: Of this and the following verse, see the notes on verse 39.


Verse 31:[2] Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth (Heb. that which cometh forth, which shall come forth[3]) of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, (see Lev. 27:2, 3, etc.; 1 Sam. 1:11, 28; 2:18) shall surely be the LORD’S, (Ps. 66:13; see Lev. 27:11, 12) and I will offer it up (or, or I will offer it up,[4] etc.) for a burnt offering.

[1] Hebrew: וַיִּדַּ֙ר יִפְתָּ֥ח נֶ֛דֶר לַיהוָ֖ה וַיֹּאמַ֑ר אִם־נָת֥וֹן תִּתֵּ֛ן אֶת־בְּנֵ֥י עַמּ֖וֹן בְּיָדִֽי׃


[2] Hebrew: וְהָיָ֣ה הַיּוֹצֵ֗א אֲשֶׁ֙ר יֵצֵ֜א מִדַּלְתֵ֤י בֵיתִי֙ לִקְרָאתִ֔י בְּשׁוּבִ֥י בְשָׁל֖וֹם מִבְּנֵ֣י עַמּ֑וֹן וְהָיָה֙ לַֽיהוָ֔ה וְהַעֲלִיתִ֖הוּ עוֹלָֽה׃


[3] Hebrew: הַיּוֹצֵ֗א אֲשֶׁ֙ר יֵצֵ֜א.


[4] Hebrew: וְהַעֲלִיתִהוּ.

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