The daughter of Jeftah died?

Dave Washburn dwashbur at
Mon Sep 30 15:27:34 EDT 2002

> Matthew Miller wrote: "A couple of things to note about Jeptah:
> 1. He is never praised for keeping his oath, but only for winning the
> battle.
> 2. Even if he did kill his daughter, it cannot be right. For, this would
> mean that, anytime one desires to sin, all he need do is "vow" to sin, and
> then he will be morally obligated to sin."
> I didn't mean to imply that Jephthah was "right" to keep his vow.  When
> Jephthah's daughter came out of the house and when Jonathan confessed to
> eating honey the one who had made the vow was caught in a no-win situation
> -- there is no longer any "right" thing to do.
> Saul and Jephthah each came to the place where they had to choose between
> two sins, and they went opposite ways.  Saul went back on his oath.
> Jephthah committed human sacrifice.  The consequence to Jephthah was the
> loss of his daughter.  The consequence to Saul was the loss of his dynasty
> -- that was the outcome in history of "may God do such-and-such to me and
> add more to it" (1 Sam 14:44). 

Actually, Samuel had already told Saul that he would lose his 
dynasty back in chapter 13 when Saul made a sacrifice on his own 
without waiting for Samuel.  So loss of his kindgom doesn't 
necessarily relate to his broken oath.

Dave Washburn
"Don't let your mind wander.  
It's too little to be left alone."

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