1 Then the men of Ephraim gathered together, crossed over toward Zaphon, and said to
Jephthah, Why did you cross over to fight against the sons of Ammon, and did not call us
to go with you? We will burn your house down on you with fire!
2 And Jephthah said to them, My people and I were in a great struggle with the sons of
Ammon; and when I called you, you did not deliver me out of their hands.
3 So when I saw that you would not deliver me, I put my soul into my hands and crossed
over against the sons of Ammon; and Jehovah delivered them into my hand. Why then
have you come up to me this day to fight against me?
4 Now Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead and fought against Ephraim. And
the men of Gilead struck Ephraim, because they said, You Gileadites are fugitives of
Ephraim among the Ephraimites and among the Manassites.
5 The Gileadites seized the fords of the Jordan before the Ephraimites arrived. And when
any Ephraimite who escaped said, Let me cross over, the men of Gilead would say to him,
Are you an Ephraimite? If he said, No,
6 then they would say to him, Then say, Shibboleth! And he would say, Sibboleth, for he
could not speak it right. Then they would take him and kill him at the fords of the Jordan.
There fell at that time forty-two thousand from Ephraim.
7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then Jephthah the Gileadite died and was buried
in one of the cities of Gilead.
8 After him, Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel.
9 He had thirty sons. And he sent thirty daughters in marriage outside, and brought in
thirty daughters from outside for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years.
10 Then Ibzan died and was buried at Bethlehem.
11 After him, Elon the Zebulunite judged Israel. He judged Israel ten years.
12 And Elon the Zebulunite died and was buried at 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, who rode on seventy young donkeys. And he
judged Israel eight years.
15 Then Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died and was buried in Pirathon in the
land of Ephraim, in the mountains of the Amalekites.