The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Ephraim. And when the fugitives of Ephraim said, “Let me go over,” the men of Gilead said to him, “Are you an Ephraimite?” If he said, “No,” Bible see other translations

“took the fords of the Jordan.” A good military strategy. The army of Ephraim had been scattered, and individual soldiers were trying to get home, which meant they had to cross the Jordan River from east to west. Jephthah’s army captured the fords and killed the enemy as they tried to get back to Ephraim, which would keep them from regathering and mounting a counter-attack.

Commentary for: Judges 12:5