Michael Bray

Author of A Time To Kill

Jephthah’s Vow

Jephthah was a whore’s son
But for him there was no fun.
One day there came a summons.
Said, “Come on!  We need some help!”
He said, “So now you want to yelp!”
You shunned me as a whore’s son
But now you want a portion
Of my might to set you right!
You hate me know more? What for?
Ah, the sons of Ammon are at your door!
And now you despise me no more!
You count on me to join in the fray,
Save you from enemies and win the day?
“Yeah, we’ll make you king!
Just do this thing!”
So he made a rash vow unto the Lord
Said, “Lord if You deliver us from this horde
I’ll sacrifice whatever comes out
Of those doors to meet me,
Yeah, I’ll offer it up sweetly!
Then out came his dancing daughter
Whom by his word he must slaughter.
Why not just step aside,
Solve it with simple suicide?

Judges 11:29-40
0715 on 16 Feb., 2021

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