The fifth “primary” judge is a man named Jephthah, whose story is one of the most tragic in all the Bible. In response to the people’s surface confession, God leaves them to their own devices in securing their deliverance from the oppression of the Ammonites. Jephthah’s initial success is ensured by God, but the apparent deliverance is actually a judgment. Jephthah’s horrific vow and subsequent vengeful slaughter of the Ephraimites is an example of the way the false gods we often hope will rescue us soon become greater oppressors from which we suffer.
- Judges 10:1 - 12:15