Judges 11:21 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 11:21, NIV: Then the LORD, the God of Israel, gave Sihon and his whole army into Israel's hands, and they defeated them. Israel took over all the land of the Amorites who lived in that country,

Judges 11:21, ESV: And the LORD, the God of Israel, gave Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they defeated them. So Israel took possession of all the land of the Amorites, who inhabited that country.

Judges 11:21, KJV: And the LORD God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they smote them: so Israel possessed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country.

Judges 11:21, NASB: And the LORD, the God of Israel, handed Sihon and all his people over to Israel, and they defeated them; so Israel took possession of all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country.

Judges 11:21, NLT: But the LORD, the God of Israel, gave his people victory over King Sihon. So Israel took control of all the land of the Amorites, who lived in that region,

Judges 11:21, CSB: Then the Lord God of Israel handed over Sihon and all his troops to Israel, and they defeated them. So Israel took possession of the entire land of the Amorites who lived in that country.

What does Judges 11:21 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jephthah's main point in this message to the king of Ammon is this: The Israelites did not take Gilead from you during the time of Moses. The Amorites lived there, not the Ammonites. The Amorites attacked the Israelites and not the other way around (Judges 11:12–20).

Israel conquered the land, however. That happened when King Sihon and the Amorites attacked Israel instead of letting them pass through peacefully (Numbers 21:21–23). The Lord gave Israel the victory in that battle. He gave the land of Gilead to Israel by an act of His own will, through the choice of the Amorite king, and so Israel took possession of it. That's how it came to them.