The elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, 'For this reason we have now returned to you, that you may go with us and fight the sons of Ammon, and become our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.'
So Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, 'If you bring me back to fight against the sons of Ammon and the LORD gives them up to me, will I become your head?'
And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, 'The LORD is witness between us; be assured we will do as you have said.'
Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and leader over them; and Jephthah spoke all his words before the LORD at Mizpah.
So Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the sons of Ammon, saying, 'What conflict
do you and I have, that you have come to me to fight against my land?'
And the king of the sons of Ammon said to the messengers of Jephthah, 'It is
because Israel took my land when they came up from Egypt, from the Arnon as far as the Jabbok and the Jordan; so return them peaceably now.'
But Jephthah sent messengers once again to the king of the sons of Ammon,
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.
For when they came up from Egypt, and Israel went through the wilderness to the Red Sea, and came to Kadesh,