12:1 And the men of Ephraim assembled, and went northward, and
said to Jephthah, Why didst thou pass over to fight against the
children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee; we
will burn thy house upon thee with fire.
12:2 And Jephthah said to them, I and my people were at great
strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye
delivered me not out of their hands.
12:3 And when I saw that ye delivered [me] not, I put my life in
my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and
the LORD delivered them into my hand: why then have ye come up
to me this day, to fight against me?
12:4 Then Jephthah collected all the men of Gilead, and fought
with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because they
said, Ye Gileadites [are] fugitives of Ephraim among the
Ephraimites, [and] among the Manassites.
12:5 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the
Ephraimites: and it was [so], that when those Ephraimites who
had escaped, said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said
to him, [Art] thou an Ephraimite? If he said, No;
12:6 Then said they to him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said
Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce [it] right. Then
they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan. And
there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two
12:7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years: then died Jephthah
the Gileadite, and was buried in [one of] the cities of Gilead.
12:8 And after him Ibzan of Beth-lehem judged Israel.
12:9 And he had thirty sons and thirty daughters [whom] he sent
abroad, and took in thirty daughters from abroad for his sons:
and he judged Israel seven years.
12:10 Then died Ibzan, and was buried at Beth-lehem.
12:11 And after him Elon, a Zebulonite, judged Israel, and he
judged Israel ten years.
12:12 And Elon the Zebulonite died, and was buried in Ajalon in
the country of Zebulun.
12:13 And after him Abdon the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite,
12:14 And he had forty sons and thirty nephews, that rode on
seventy ass colts: and he judged Israel eight years.
12:15 And Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was
buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the mount of the