Jephthah then called together the men of Gilead1 and fought against Ephraim. The Gileadites struck them down because the Ephraimites had said, "You Gileadites are renegades from Ephraim and Manasseh.2"
The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan3 leading to Ephraim, and whenever a survivor of Ephraim said, "Let me cross over," the men of Gilead asked him, "Are you an Ephraimite?" If he replied, "No,"
they said, "All right, say 'Shibboleth.' " If he said, "Sibboleth," because he could not pronounce the word correctly, they seized him and killed him at the fords of the Jordan. Forty-two thousand Ephraimites were killed at that time.
Jephthah leda Israel six years. Then Jephthah the Gileadite died, and was buried in a town in Gilead.
After him, Ibzan of Bethlehem4 led Israel.
He had thirty sons and thirty daughters. He gave his daughters away in marriage to those outside his clan, and for his sons he brought in thirty young women as wives from outside his clan. Ibzan led Israel seven years.
Then Ibzan died, and was buried in Bethlehem.
After him, Elon the Zebulunite led Israel ten years.
Then Elon died, and was buried in Aijalon5 in the land of Zebulun.
After him, Abdon son of Hillel, from Pirathon,6 led Israel.
He had forty sons and thirty grandsons,7 who rode on seventy donkeys.8 He led Israel eight years.
Then Abdon son of Hillel died, and was buried at Pirathon in Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.9