I have not wronged you, but you are doing me wrong by waging war against me. Let the LORD, the Judge,a1 decide2 the dispute this day between the Israelites and the Ammonites.3"
The king of Ammon, however, paid no attention to the message Jephthah sent him.
Then the Spirit4 of the LORD came upon Jephthah. He crossed Gilead and Manasseh, passed through Mizpah5 of Gilead, and from there he advanced against the Ammonites.630
And Jephthah made a vow7 to the LORD: "If you give the Ammonites into my hands,
whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph8 from the Ammonites will be the LORD's, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.9"
Then Jephthah went over to fight the Ammonites, and the LORD gave them into his hands.
He devastated twenty towns from Aroer to the vicinity of Minnith,10 as far as Abel Keramim. Thus Israel subdued Ammon.
When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing11 to the sound of tambourines!12 She was an only child.13 Except for her he had neither son nor daughter.
When he saw her, he tore his clothes14 and cried, "Oh! My daughter! You have made me miserable and wretched, because I have made a vow to the LORD that I cannot break.15"
"My father," she replied, "you have given your word to the LORD. Do to me just as you promised,16 now that the LORD has avenged you17 of your enemies,18 the Ammonites.
But grant me this one request," she said. "Give me two months to roam the hills and weep with my friends, because I will never marry."