Judges 11:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 11:16, NIV: But when they came up out of Egypt, Israel went through the wilderness to the Red Sea and on to Kadesh.

Judges 11:16, ESV: but when they came up from Egypt, Israel went through the wilderness to the Red Sea and came to Kadesh.

Judges 11:16, KJV: But when Israel came up from Egypt, and walked through the wilderness unto the Red sea, and came to Kadesh;

Judges 11:16, NASB: For when they came up from Egypt, and Israel went through the wilderness to the Red Sea, and came to Kadesh,

Judges 11:16, NLT: When the people of Israel arrived at Kadesh on their journey from Egypt after crossing the Red Sea,

Judges 11:16, CSB: But when they came from Egypt, Israel traveled through the wilderness to the Red Sea and came to Kadesh.

What does Judges 11:16 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jephthah has sent envoys to the king of Ammon with a long message. He is answering the king's charge that Israel stole the land of Gilead from the Ammonites after they first came out of Egypt (Judges 11:12–14). Jephthah's message has declared that this did not happen (Judges 11:15). Now he begins to give several arguments to support this perspective.

First, Jephthah recounts how, near the end of the forty years of wandering in the wilderness, the Israelites came up from the direction of Egypt through the wilderness. They moved toward the Red Sea and eventually arrived at Kadesh, also known as Kadesh-barnea. Kadesh was south and west of the Dead Sea. Moses' sister Miriam died while they were at Kadesh and Moses struck the rock to get water instead of speaking to it, as the Lord told him to do (Numbers 20:1–13).

Jephthah will go on to describe how careful Israel was not even to cut across the lands of the Edomites and Moabites since they did not have permission to do so (Judges 11:17).