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How did Jephthah Sacrifice His Daughter?


Before Jephthah went into battle with the Ammonites, Jephthah made a vow that the first person that came out to meet him will be the one he will sacrifice to God. Unfortunately, the first person that came out to meet Jephthah was his daughter. His daughter was the first person to came out of the door with dancing and tambourine to welcome his father’s return after fighting a victorious war against the enemies. His daughter did not refuse to be offered as a sacrifice to  God when she learned about the news but she agreed with it.

She agreed it on one condition, to let her and her friends go into the hills to weep for 2 months because she will never get married again. This is because she knows the importance of keeping a vow to God. It is not known whether Jephthah butcher her daughter to offer as sacrifice to God or it is other ways of sacrificing such as becoming a nun. When you make a promise, you must keep it otherwise you should not make it. If you fail to keep a promise, you must apologize to the person and God because not keeping a promise is one method of lying.

Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight. (Proverbs 12:22 KJV)

The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment. (Proverbs 12:19 KJV)

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8 KJV)

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10 KJV)

Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. (Matthew 5:33-37 KJV)

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