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While Israel lived in Heshbon and its daughter-towns, and in Aroer and its daughter-towns, and in all the cities that are along the banks of the Arnon, 300 years, why didn’t you rescue them during that time? Bible

“daughter-towns.” The Hebrew text is just “daughters,” referring to small close-by towns that are supported by a “mother” town, a large and normally well-fortified town (see commentary on Josh. 15:45).

“300 years.” Jephthah’s point should be well taken, because if the Ammonites did not try to take their supposed territory back from Israel in 300 years, maybe that was because it was never theirs in the first place.

“rescue them.” This is tongue in cheek. Jephthah is making the situation more obvious by using irony. The towns did not need rescuing because they were not Ammonite in the first place.


Commentary for: Judges 11:26