What is the character and parentage given of Jepthah?
What treatment did he receive from his brethren, where did he flee to, and what class of men resorted to him?
Was he case of David somewhat similar? 1 Sam. 22. 2.
How was he called out from his exile? v. 5, 6.
What did he reply to the message?
What further treating on the matter took place between them before he consented to go?
Did they comply with their agreement, and what did Jepthah do on the occasion? N.B. By his 'uttering all his words before the Lord' is probably meant that he immediately retired to his devotions, and in prayer spread the whole matter before the Lord, imploring his sanction -of the past, and his blessing on the future—an example ever worthy of imitation.
What was Jepthah's first step in prosecuting the enterprise in which he had embarked?
Was this according to the requirements of the Law? Deut. 20. 10—12.
What reply was made by the Ammonites ?
How does Jepthah refute their claims? v. 15—27. N. B. Some of the country claimed by Ammon had indeed once belonged to them, but the Amorites had taken it from them,afterwards the Israelites wrested it from the Amorites and God who gave the victory had assigned it to his people as their inheritance.
Did the Ammonites listen to these representations, and desist from their demand ?
What is next said of Jepthah? v. 29.
What remarkable vow did he make on that occasion ?
Was the obligation of a vow peculiarly sacred and binding? Num. 30. 2.
Was Jepthah guilty of a culpable rashness in uttering this vow ? N. B. Several kinds of animals, had they met him, it would have been utterly unlawful for him to offer, much more a human being.
What was the result of his engagement with the enemy? v. 32, 33.
Who met him on his return home, and how was he affected thereby ?
What did she say in reply, and what spirit was evinced by her language? v. 36, 37.
Did he comply with her request and what ensued ?
What custom did this give rise to? N. B. Jepthah appears to have been ignorant of the law relative to singular vows, Num. 27,3. or he might, in all probability have redeemed his daughter by paying the estimation of thirty shekels, and the state of religion must have been deplorably low, or the Priests would have enlightened him on this subject.
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