Judges 12 (Lexham English Bible)

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Tribal Conflict Between Gilead and Ephraim

1 The men of Ephraim were called to arms, and they crossed [over] to Zaphon and said to Jephthah, "Why did you cross [over] and make war against the {Ammonites},a and why did you not call us to go with you? We will burn down your house over you with fire." 2 And Jephthah said to them, "I and my people were engaged in great conflict with the {Ammonites};b I called you, but you did not deliver me from their hand. 3 I saw that you would not deliver [us]; {I risked my own life},c and I crossed [over] to the {Ammonites},d and Yahweh gave them into my hand. Why have you come up to me this day to fight against me?" 4 Jephthah gathered all the men of Gilead, and he made war with Ephraim; and the men of Gilead defeated Ephraim because they said, "You [are] fugitives of Ephraim, you Gileadites, in the midst of Ephraim and Manasseh." 5 Then Gilead captured the fords of the Jordan from Ephraim, and whenever a fugitive of Ephraim said, "Let me cross [over]," the men of Gilead said to him, "[Are] you an Ephraimite?" [When] he said, "No," 6 they said to him, "Please say Shibboleth," and [if] he said, "Sibboleth"--because he could not {pronounce it}e correctly--they grabbed him and executed him at the fords of Jordan. At that time forty-two thousand from Ephraim fell. 7 Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then Jephthah the Gileadite died, and he was buried in [one of] the cities of Gilead.

Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon

8 After him Ibzan from Bethlehem judged Israel. 9 He had thirty sons. He gave his thirty daughters away in marriage outside [his clan] and brought in from outside thirty young women for his sons. He judged Israel for seven years. 10 Thenf Ibzan died and was buried in Bethlehem. 11 After him Elon the Zebulunite judged Israel, and he judged Israel ten years. 12 Theng Elon the Zebulunite died and was buried in Aijalon in the land of Zebulun. 13 After him Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite judged Israel. 14 He had forty sons and thirty grandsons that rode on seventy male donkeys. He judged Israel for eight years. 15 Thenh Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died and was buried in Pirathon, in the land of Ephraim in the hill country of the Amalekites.i
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