Conflict with Ephraim
1The men of Ephraim were called together and crossed the Jordan to Zaphon.#Jos 13:27 They said to Jephthah, “Why have you crossed over to fight against the Ammonites but didn’t call us to go with you? We will burn your house with you in it!”
2Then Jephthah said to them, “My people and I had a bitter conflict with the Ammonites. So I called for you, but you didn’t deliver me from their power. 3When I saw that you weren’t going to deliver me, I took my life in my own hands and crossed over to the Ammonites, and the Lord handed them over to me. Why then have you come today to fight against me?”
4Then Jephthah gathered all of the men of Gilead. They fought and defeated Ephraim, because Ephraim had said, “You Gileadites are Ephraimite fugitives in the territories of Ephraim and Manasseh.” 5The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Ephraim. Whenever a fugitive from Ephraim said, “Let me cross over,” the Gileadites asked him, “Are you an Ephraimite?” If he answered, “No,” 6they told him, “Please say Shibboleth.” If he said, “Sibboleth,” because he could not pronounce it correctly, they seized him and executed him at the fords of the Jordan. At that time forty-two thousand from Ephraim died.
7Jephthah judged Israel six years, and when he died, he was buried in one of the cities of Gilead.#12:7 LXX reads in his city in Gilead
Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon
8Ibzan, who was from Bethlehem,#Gn 35:19; Ru 1:1-2; Mc 5:2 judged Israel after Jephthah 9and had thirty sons. He gave his thirty daughters in marriage to men outside the tribe and brought back thirty wives for his sons from outside the tribe. Ibzan judged Israel seven years, 10and when he died, he was buried in Bethlehem.
11Elon, who was from Zebulun, judged Israel after Ibzan. He judged Israel ten years, 12and when he died, he was buried in Aijalon in the land of Zebulun.
13After Elon, Abdon son of Hillel, who was from Pirathon,#2Sm 23:30; 1Ch 11:31; 27:14 judged Israel. 14He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys. Abdon judged Israel eight years, 15and when he died, he was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.#Gn 14:7; Nm 14:45; 2Sm 1:8,13