15 And said unto him, Thus saith Jephthah, Israel took not away the land of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon:
15 saying: "This is what Jephthah says: Israel did not take the land of Moab or the land of the Ammonites.
15 and said to him, "Thus says Jephthah: Israel did not take away the land of Moab or the land of the Ammonites,
15 "Jephthah's word: Israel took no Moabite land and no Ammonite land.
15 and said to him, "Thus says Jephthah: 'Israel did not take away the land of Moab, nor the land of the people of Ammon;
15 "This is what Jephthah says: Israel did not steal any land from Moab or Ammon.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Judges 11:15
Commentary on Judges 11:12-28
(Read Judges 11:12-28)
One instance of the honour and respect we owe to God, as our God, is, rightly to employ what he gives us to possess. Receive it from him, use it for him, and part with it when he calls for it. The whole of this message shows that Jephthah was well acquainted with the books of Moses. His argument was clear, and his demand reasonable. Those who possess the most courageous faith, will be the most disposed for peace, and the readiest to make advances to obtain; but rapacity and ambition often cloak their designs under a plea of equity, and render peaceful endeavours of no avail.