So Jephthah fled from his brothers and settled in the land of Tob,1 where a group of adventurers2 gathered around him and followed him.
Some time later, when the Ammonites3 made war on Israel,
the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob.
"Come," they said, "be our commander, so we can fight the Ammonites."
Jephthah said to them, "Didn't you hate me and drive me from my father's house?4 Why do you come to me now, when you're in trouble?"
The elders of Gilead said to him, "Nevertheless, we are turning to you now; come with us to fight the Ammonites, and you will be our head5 over all who live in Gilead."
Jephthah answered, "Suppose you take me back to fight the Ammonites and the LORD gives them to me--will I really be your head?"
The elders of Gilead replied, "The LORD is our witness;6 we will certainly do as you say."
So Jephthah went with the elders7 of Gilead, and the people made him head and commander over them. And he repeated8 all his words before the LORD in Mizpah.9