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And now are you better, yes better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he contend, yes contend against Israel, or did he fight, yes, fight against them? Bible

“better, yes better….contend, yes contend...fight, yes, fight​.” The Hebrew text uses the figure polyptoton for emphasis, repeating the words “better,” “contend,” and “fight” (for more on polyptoton and the translation of it, see commentary on Gen. 2:16).

“Balak the son of Zippor.” The record of Balak the king of Moab starts in Numbers 22. Jephthah may be saying to the Ammonite king, “Balak king of Moab fought against Israel and lost; do you think you are better than he was?”


Commentary for: Judges 11:25