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As for me, I have not sinned against you, but you are doing me wrong by making war against me. May Yahweh the Judge, judge this day between the children of Israel and the children of Ammon.’” Bible

“Yahweh the Judge, judge.” This is the figure antanaclasis for emphasis; using the same word, judge, with different meanings. Also, here again, we see the godliness of Jephthah and his reliance on Yahweh. Also, we see the Jephthah recognized that Yahweh is the real “Judge,” and any earthly judge is at best a servant and representative of Yahweh. For earthly judges to act as if they are the final authority is nothing less than treason against the One who gives humans any authority at all. That Yahweh is “the Judge” behind the scenes shows that the Book of Judges is not a haphazard collection of stories of the trials, tribulations, and occasional victories of Israel, but rather of God working to demonstrate His power and righteousness through frail and fallible human judges, whom He entrusted with His holy spirit to lead and protect others.


Commentary for: Judges 11:27