Bible: Judges 11:34-40

11:34 When Jephthah came home to Mizpah, there was his daughter hurrying out 1  to meet him, dancing to the rhythm of tambourines. 2  She was his only child; except for her he had no son or daughter. 11:35 When he saw her, he ripped his clothes and said, “Oh no! My daughter! You have completely ruined me! 3  You have brought me disaster! 4  I made an oath to the Lord, and I cannot break it.” 5  11:36 She said to him, “My father, since 6  you made an oath to the Lord, do to me as you promised. 7  After all, the Lord vindicated you before 8  your enemies, the Ammonites.” 11:37 She then said to her father, “Please grant me this one wish. 9  For two months allow me to walk through the hills with my friends and mourn my virginity.” 10  11:38 He said, “You may go.” He permitted her to leave 11  for two months. She went with her friends and mourned her virginity as she walked through the hills. 12  11:39 After two months she returned to her father, and he did to her as he had vowed. She died a virgin. 13  Her tragic death gave rise to a custom in Israel. 14  11:40 Every year 15  Israelite women commemorate 16  the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite for four days. 17 

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