Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers 37 Let me alone two months. For the phrase "let me alone," see Deuteronomy 9: And bewail my virginity. This is the bitterest wail of Antigone also, in the great play of Sophocles Ant. Josephus makes the expression mean no more than "to bewail her youth," neoteta Jos.
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Rather, it is in the understanding of the Eastern culture that we gain light and understanding about many things in the Bible. There is a section in the book of Judges where understanding the culture sheds light and understanding. It is the record of Jepthtah making a vow unto the Lord. He promised to give in service the first to come out of his house if God would help him win a battle.
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Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances—The return of the victors was hailed, as usual, by the joyous acclaim of a female band 1Sa The vow was full in his mind, and it is evident that it had not been communicated to anyone, otherwise precautions would doubtless have been taken to place another object at his door. The shriek, and other accompaniments of irrepressible grief, seem to indicate that her life was to be forfeited as a sacrifice; the nature of the sacrifice which was abhorrent to the character of God and distance from the tabernacle does not suffice to overturn this view, which the language and whole strain of the narrative plainly support; and although the lapse of two months might be supposed to have afforded time for reflection, and a better sense of his duty, there is but too much reason to conclude that he was impelled to the fulfilment by the dictates of a pious but unenlightened conscience.
All Scripture quotes in this chapter are from the King James Version unless otherwise noted. In the Bible the book of Judges chapter 11 tells us about Jephthah: Jephthah was of the Gileadites; a familial group of citizens who branched off from the Israelite tribe of Manasseh Numbers As a result he came to live in the land of Tob were he became the leader of a band of outlaws.