Jephthah, a man of his word: 

Chapter 11



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(Prov 1:18,19)  And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily [hide secretly (in ambush)] for their own lives. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

(Judg 12:1-3)  And the men of Ephraim [double fruit] gathered themselves together, and went northward [in contrast to being sent by the Lord], and said unto Jephthah [he will open], Wherefore passedst thou over [used very widely of any transition] to fight against the children of Ammon [tribal, i.e. inbred; a son of Lot through incest (symbol of unsaved peoples)], and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon thee with fire. And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great strife [i.e. Great Tribulation, the sixth seal] with the children of Ammon; and when I called you [to shriek (from anguish or danger)], ye delivered me not [rescued, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save (-iour), get victory] out of their hands. And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the LORD delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me?

1.       northward = Heb: hidden, i.e. dark; used only of the north as a quarter (gloomy and unknown):--north (-ern, side, -ward, wind) /// to hide (by covering over); fig. to deny; spec. (favorably) to protect, (unfavorably) to lurk:--esteem, hide (-den one, self), lay up, lurk privily, (keep) secret (-ly, place).

2.       (Exo 13:21)  And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:

3.       (Exo 14:18-20)  And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness [(lit.) darkness; fig. misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness] to them, but it gave light [happiness] by night [a twist (away of the light), i.e. night; fig. adversity] to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

4.       (Joel 2:1)  Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all [the whole; hence all, any or every] the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; (Joel 2:2)  A day of darkness [(lit.) darkness; fig. misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness] and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, //// as the morning [dawn: day, light] spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations [i.e. to the end of the 1000 year Millennium].

5.       (Mark 6:45-51)  And straightway he constrained [to necessitate; compel /// necessary, needful] his disciples to get into the ship [symbolic of the church], and to go to the other side [Palestine, the Promised Land, symbolic of Heaven] before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people [the unbelievers]. And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. And he saw them toiling [tortured: pain, toil, torment, toss, vex] in rowing [to push (as wind, oars or demonical power)]; for the wind was contrary [opposite, antagonistic: against] unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night [between 3am and 6am, about sunrise] he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea [i.e. being supported by the Holy Spirit], and would have passed by them. But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.

6.       (John 6:20,21)  But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.


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