Judges 11:33 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 11:33, NIV: He devastated twenty towns from Aroer to the vicinity of Minnith, as far as Abel Keramim. Thus Israel subdued Ammon.

Judges 11:33, ESV: And he struck them from Aroer to the neighborhood of Minnith, twenty cities, and as far as Abel-keramim, with a great blow. So the Ammonites were subdued before the people of Israel.

Judges 11:33, KJV: And he smote them from Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto the plain of the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel.

Judges 11:33, NASB: He inflicted a very great defeat on them from Aroer to the entrance of Minnith, twenty cities, and as far as Abel-keramim. So the sons of Ammon were subdued before the sons of Israel.

Judges 11:33, NLT: He crushed the Ammonites, devastating about twenty towns from Aroer to an area near Minnith and as far away as Abel-keramim. In this way Israel defeated the Ammonites.

Judges 11:33, CSB: He defeated twenty of their cities with a great slaughter from Aroer all the way to the entrance of Minnith and to Abel-keramim. So the Ammonites were subdued before the Israelites.

What does Judges 11:33 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jephthah and his army of Israelites did not edge out a close victory over the Ammonites (Judges 11:32). They appear have taken the fight straight to the enemy, both in Gilead and perhaps some distance into the territory of Ammon to the east.

The Israelites rout and remove the Ammonites from twenty cities, including the three locations mentioned. These may have been fortified cities where the Ammonites had dug in during the years of oppression over Israel (Judges 10:7–8). The Israelites dug them out, perhaps along a generalized border between Gilead and Ammonite territory in the wilderness. The Ammonites were completely subdued, and Israel was freed from their oppression.