Judges 11:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 11:15, NIV: saying: 'This is what Jephthah says: Israel did not take the land of Moab or the land of the Ammonites.

Judges 11:15, ESV: and said to him, “Thus says Jephthah: Israel did not take away the land of Moab or the land of the Ammonites,

Judges 11:15, KJV: And said unto him, Thus saith Jephthah, Israel took not away the land of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon:

Judges 11:15, NASB: and they said to him, 'This is what Jephthah says: ‘Israel did not take the land of Moab nor the land of the sons of Ammon.

Judges 11:15, NLT: 'This is what Jephthah says: Israel did not steal any land from Moab or Ammon.

Judges 11:15, CSB: to tell him, "This is what Jephthah says: Israel did not take away the land of Moab or the land of the Ammonites.

What does Judges 11:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The king of Ammon has replied to a message from Jephthah, asking why the Ammonites are preparing to attack Gilead (Judges 11:12–14). According to the king, the land originally belonged to the Ammonites. He suggests it was taken by Israel after the Israelites came up out of Egypt over 300 years earlier (Exodus 12:50–51).

Jephthah has now sent another group of envoys to Ammon with a detailed response. He intends to show that the king is factually wrong about his claim. This verse contains Jephthah's opening statement, supported with several arguments over the following verses. This history lesson starts with a clear and concise statement: Israel did no such thing.

At the time of this discussion, Moab possessed a region east of the Dead Sea to the south of Gilead.