111 Now Jephthah  the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.
111 Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. His father was Gilead; his mother was a prostitute.
111 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior, but he was the son of a prostitute. Gilead was the father of Jephthah.
111 Jephthah the Gileadite was one tough warrior. He was the son of a whore, but Gilead was his father.
111 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, but he was the son of a harlot; and Gilead begot Jephthah.
111 Now Jephthah of Gilead was a great warrior. He was the son of Gilead, but his mother was a prostitute.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Judges 11:1
Commentary on Judges 11:1-11
(Read Judges 11:1-11)
Men ought not to be blamed for their parentage, so long as they by their personal merits roll away any reproach. God had forgiven Israel, therefore Jephthah will forgive. He speaks not with confidence of his success, knowing how justly God might suffer the Ammonites to prevail for the further punishment of Israel. Nor does he speak with any confidence at all in himself. If he succeed, it is the Lord delivers them into his hand; he thereby reminds his countrymen to look up to God as the Giver of victory. The same question as here, in fact, is put to those who desire salvation by Christ. If he save you, will ye be willing that he shall rule you? On no other terms will he save you. If he make you happy, shall he make you holy? If he be your helper, shall he be your Head? Jephthah, to obtain a little worldly honour, was willing to expose his life: shall we be discouraged in our Christian warfare by the difficulties we may meet with, when Christ has promised a crown of life to him that overcometh?