Civil Strife Mars the Victory
12:1 The Ephraimites assembled1 and crossed over to Zaphon. They said to Jephthah, “Why did you go and fight2 with the Ammonites without asking3 us to go with you? We will burn your house down right over you!”4
12:2 Jephthah said to them, “My people and I were entangled in controversy with the Ammonites.5 I asked for your help, but you did not deliver me from their power.6
12:3 When I saw that you were not going to help,7 I risked my life8 and advanced against9 the Ammonites, and the
12:8 After him Ibzan of Bethlehem22 led23 Israel. 12:9 He had thirty sons. He arranged for thirty of his daughters to be married outside his extended family,24 and he arranged for thirty young women to be brought from outside as wives for his sons.25 Ibzan26 led27 Israel for seven years; 12:10 then he28 died and was buried in Bethlehem.
12:11 After him Elon the Zebulunite led29 Israel for ten years.30 12:12 Then Elon the Zebulunite died and was buried in Aijalon in the land of Zebulun.
12:13 After him Abdon son of Hillel the Pirathonite led31 Israel. 12:14 He had forty sons and thirty grandsons who rode on seventy donkeys. He led Israel for eight years. 12:15 Then Abdon son of Hillel the Pirathonite died and was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.