Judges 11:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 11:25, NIV: Are you any better than Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever quarrel with Israel or fight with them?

Judges 11:25, ESV: Now are you any better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever contend against Israel, or did he ever go to war with them?

Judges 11:25, KJV: And now art thou any thing better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? did he ever strive against Israel, or did he ever fight against them,

Judges 11:25, NASB: Now then, are you any better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever contend with Israel, or did he ever fight against them?

Judges 11:25, NLT: Are you any better than Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he try to make a case against Israel for disputed land? Did he go to war against them?

Judges 11:25, CSB: Now are you any better than Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever contend with Israel or fight against them?

What does Judges 11:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jephthah now arrives at a third argument countering the king of Ammon (Judges 11:13). This enemy ruler is entirely wrong in thinking his people have any right to the land of Gilead. Jephthah's historical argument was simply that the Ammonites never possessed the land in the first place (Judges 11:14–22). His theological argument is that the Lord God of Israel gave the land to the Israelites, meaning it was His divine will for Israel to possess it (Judges 11:23–24).

This final point is that other, better kings have not tried to take Gilead from Israel. Balak was the king of the nearby Moabites when Israel came into possession of the land of Gilead (Numbers 22:1–3). Balak was terrified of Israel, and he unsuccessfully tried to get the prophet Balaam to curse Israel on behalf of the Moabites (Numbers 22—24). King Balak, however, did not go to war against Israel for the bordering land of Gilead. That is Jephthah's point to the current king of Ammon: even famous King Balak did not attempt what you're trying to do.