Judges 12

1 Then the men of Eʹphraim were summoned, and they crossed over to Zaʹphon and said to Jephʹthah: “Why did you not call us to go with you when you crossed over to fight against the Amʹmonites? We will burn your house down with you in it.”

2 But Jephʹthah said to them: “Along with my people, I was engaged in a great conflict with the Amʹmonites. I did call to you for help, but you did not save me from their hand.

3 When I saw that you would not save me, then I decided to risk my life and go against the Amʹmonites, and Jehovah handed them over to me. So why have you come today to fight against me?”

4 Jephʹthah then gathered all the men of Gilʹead, and they fought Eʹphraim; the men of Gilʹead defeated Eʹphraim, who had said: “You are only fugitives from Eʹphraim, you Gilʹeadites in Eʹphraim and Manasʹseh.”

5 Gilʹead captured the fords of the Jordan ahead of Eʹphraim; and when the men of Eʹphraim were trying to escape, they would say, “Let me cross over”; then the men of Gilʹead would ask each one, “Are you an Eʹphraimite?” When he would reply, “No!”

6 they would say to him, “Please say Shibʹboleth.” But he would say, “Sibʹboleth,” as he was unable to say the word correctly. Then they would seize him and slay him at the fords of the Jordan. So 42,000 Eʹphraimites fell at that time.

7 Jephʹthah judged Israel for six years, after which Jephʹthah the Gilʹeadite died and was buried in his city in Gilʹead.

8 Ibʹzan from Bethʹlehem judged Israel after him.

9 He had 30 sons and 30 daughters. He sent his daughters to marry men outside his clan, and he brought in 30 women to marry his sons. He judged Israel for seven years.

10 Then Ibʹzan died and was buried in Bethʹlehem.

11 After him Eʹlon the Zebʹulunite judged Israel; he judged Israel for ten years.

12 Then Eʹlon the Zebʹulunite died and was buried in Aiʹjalon in the land of Zebʹulun.

13 After him Abʹdon the son of Hilʹlel the Pirʹathonite judged Israel.

14 He had 40 sons and 30 grandsons who rode on 70 donkeys. He judged Israel for eight years.

15 Then Abʹdon the son of Hilʹlel the Pirʹathonite died and was buried in Pirʹathon in the land of Eʹphraim in the mountain of the Amalʹekite.

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