Judges 11

Today we read the story of how the warrior Jephthah battled against the Ammonites. He made a vow to the Lord: “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph will be the Lord’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.” So Jephthah destroyed the Ammonites, slaughtering them and destroying 20 towns. Upon his triumphant return the first thing out of the door of his house was, unfortunately, his own daughter. He had to keep his vow to God, so he sacrificed his daughter by burning her on the altar.

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