اَلْقُضَاة 11

وَكَانَ يَفْتَاحُ ٱلْجِلْعَادِيُّ جَبَّارَ بَأْسٍ، وَهُوَ ٱبْنُ ٱمْرَأَةٍ زَانِيَةٍ. وَجِلْعَادُ وَلَدَ يَفْتَاحَ. ١ 1
Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior, but he was the son of a prostitute. Gilead was his father.
ثُمَّ وَلَدَتِ ٱمْرَأَةُ جِلْعَادَ لَهُ بَنِينَ. فَلَمَّا كَبِرَ بَنُو ٱلْمَرْأَةِ طَرَدُوا يَفْتَاحَ، وَقَالُوا لَهُ: «لَا تَرِثْ فِي بَيْتِ أَبِينَا لِأَنَّكَ أَنْتَ ٱبْنُ ٱمْرَأَةٍ أُخْرَى». ٢ 2
Gilead's wife also gave birth to his other sons. When his wife's sons grew up, they forced Jephthah to leave the house and said to him, “You are not going to inherit anything from our family. You are the son of another woman.”
فَهَرَبَ يَفْتَاحُ مِنْ وَجْهِ إِخْوَتِهِ وَأَقَامَ فِي أَرْضِ طُوبٍ. فَٱجْتَمَعَ إِلَى يَفْتَاحَ رِجَالٌ بَطَّالُونَ وَكَانُوا يَخْرُجُونَ مَعَهُ. ٣ 3
So Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob. Lawless men joined Jephthah and they came and went with him.
وَكَانَ بَعْدَ أَيَّامٍ أَنَّ بَنِي عَمُّونَ حَارَبُوا إِسْرَائِيلَ. ٤ 4
Some days later, the people of Ammon made war against Israel.
وَلَمَّا حَارَبَ بَنُو عَمُّونَ إِسْرَائِيلَ ذَهَبَ شُيُوخُ جِلْعَادَ لِيَأْتُوا بِيَفْتَاحَ مِنْ أَرْضِ طُوبٍ. ٥ 5
When the people of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to bring Jephthah back from the land of Tob.
وَقَالُوا لِيَفْتَاحَ: «تَعَالَ وَكُنْ لَنَا قَائِدًا فَنُحَارِبَ بَنِي عَمُّونَ». ٦ 6
They said to Jephthah, “Come and be our leader that we may fight with the people of Ammon.”
فَقَالَ يَفْتَاحُ لِشُيُوخِ جِلْعَادَ: «أَمَا أَبْغَضْتُمُونِي أَنْتُمْ وَطَرَدْتُمُونِي مِنْ بَيْتِ أَبِي؟ فَلِمَاذَا أَتَيْتُمْ إِلَيَّ ٱلْآنَ إِذْ تَضَايَقْتُمْ؟» ٧ 7
Jephthah said to the leaders of Gilead, “You hated me and forced me to leave my father's house. Why do you come to me now when you are in trouble?”
فَقَالَ شُيُوخُ جِلْعَادَ لِيَفْتَاحَ: «لِذَلِكَ قَدْ رَجَعْنَا ٱلْآنَ إِلَيْكَ لِتَذْهَبَ مَعَنَا وَتُحَارِبَ بَنِي عَمُّونَ، وَتَكُونَ لَنَا رَأْسًا لِكُلِّ سُكَّانِ جِلْعَادَ». ٨ 8
The elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, “That is why we are turning to you now; come with us and fight with the people of Ammon, and you will become the leader over all who live in Gilead.”
فَقَالَ يَفْتَاحُ لِشُيُوخِ جِلْعَادَ: «إِذَا أَرْجَعْتُمُونِي لِمُحَارَبَةِ بَنِي عَمُّونَ وَدَفَعَهُمُ ٱلرَّبُّ أَمَامِي فَأَنَا أَكُونُ لَكُمْ رَأْسًا». ٩ 9
Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, “If you bring me home again to fight against the people of Ammon, and if Yahweh gives us victory over them, I will be your leader.”
فَقَالَ شُيُوخُ جِلْعَادَ لِيَفْتَاحَ: «ٱلرَّبُّ يَكُونُ سَامِعًا بَيْنَنَا إِنْ كُنَّا لَا نَفْعَلُ هَكَذَا حَسَبَ كَلَامِكَ». ١٠ 10
The elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, “May Yahweh be witness between us if we do not do as we say!”
فَذَهَبَ يَفْتَاحُ مَعَ شُيُوخِ جِلْعَادَ، وَجَعَلَهُ ٱلشَّعْبُ عَلَيْهِمْ رَأْسًا وَقَائِدًا. فَتَكَلَّمَ يَفْتَاحُ بِجَمِيعِ كَلَامِهِ أَمَامَ ٱلرَّبِّ فِي ٱلْمِصْفَاةِ. ١١ 11
So Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him leader and commander over them. When he was before Yahweh in Mizpah, Jephthah repeated all the promises he made.
فَأَرْسَلَ يَفْتَاحُ رُسُلًا إِلَى مَلِكِ بَنِي عَمُّونَ يَقُولُ: «مَا لِي وَلَكَ أَنَّكَ أَتَيْتَ إِلَيَّ لِلْمُحَارَبَةِ فِي أَرْضِي؟» ١٢ 12
Then Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the people of Ammon, saying, “What is this conflict between us? Why have you come with force to take our land?”
فَقَالَ مَلِكُ بَنِي عَمُّونَ لِرُسُلِ يَفْتَاحَ: «لِأَنَّ إِسْرَائِيلَ قَدْ أَخَذَ أَرْضِي عِنْدَ صُعُودِهِ مِنْ مِصْرَ، مِنْ أَرْنُونَ إِلَى ٱلْيَبُّوقِ وَإِلَى ٱلْأُرْدُنِّ. فَٱلْآنَ رُدَّهَا بِسَلَامٍ». ١٣ 13
The king of the people of Ammon answered to the messengers of Jephthah, “Because when Israel came up out of Egypt, they seized my land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, over to the Jordan. Now give back those lands in peace.”
وَعَادَ أَيْضًا يَفْتَاحُ وَأَرْسَلَ رُسُلًا إِلَى مَلِكِ بَنِي عَمُّونَ ١٤ 14
Again Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the people of Ammon,
وَقَالَ لَهُ: «هَكَذَا يَقُولُ يَفْتَاحُ: لَمْ يَأْخُذْ إِسْرَائِيلُ أَرْضَ مُوآبَ وَلَا أَرْضَ بَنِي عَمُّونَ، ١٥ 15
and he said, “This is what Jephthah says: Israel did not take the land of Moab and the land of the people of Ammon,
لِأَنَّهُ عِنْدَ صُعُودِ إِسْرَائِيلَ مِنْ مِصْرَ سَارَ فِي ٱلْقَفْرِ إِلَى بَحْرِ سُوفٍ وَأَتَى إِلَى قَادَشَ. ١٦ 16
but they came up from Egypt, and Israel went through the wilderness to the Sea of Reeds and on to Kadesh.
وَأَرْسَلَ إِسْرَائِيلُ رُسُلًا إِلَى مَلِكِ أَدُومَ قَائِلًا: دَعْنِي أَعْبُرْ فِي أَرْضِكَ. فَلَمْ يَسْمَعْ مَلِكُ أَدُومَ. فَأَرْسَلَ أَيْضًا إِلَى مَلِكِ مُوآبَ فَلَمْ يَرْضَ. فَأَقَامَ إِسْرَائِيلُ فِي قَادَشَ. ١٧ 17
When Israel sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, 'Please let us pass through your land,' the king of Edom would not listen. They also sent messengers to the king of Moab, but he refused. So Israel stayed at Kadesh.
وَسَارَ فِي ٱلْقَفْرِ وَدَارَ بِأَرْضِ أَدُومَ وَأَرْضِ مُوآبَ وَأَتَى مِنْ مَشْرِقِ ٱلشَّمْسِ إِلَى أَرْضِ مُوآبَ وَنَزَلَ فِي عَبْرِ أَرْنُونَ، وَلَمْ يَأْتُوا إِلَى تُخْمِ مُوآبَ لِأَنَّ أَرْنُونَ تُخْمُ مُوآبَ. ١٨ 18
Then they went through the wilderness and turned away from the land of Edom and the land of Moab, and they went along the east side of the land of Moab and they camped on the other side of the Arnon. But they did not go into the territory of Moab, for the Arnon was Moab's border.
ثُمَّ أَرْسَلَ إِسْرَائِيلُ رُسُلًا إِلَى سِيحُونَ مَلِكِ ٱلْأَمُورِيِّينَ، مَلِكِ حَشْبُونَ، وَقَالَ لَهُ إِسْرَائِيلُ: دَعْنِي أَعْبُرْ فِي أَرْضِكَ إِلَى مَكَانِي. ١٩ 19
Israel sent messengers to Sihon, king of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon; Israel said to him, 'Please, let us pass through your land to the place that is ours.'
وَلَمْ يَأْمَنْ سِيحُونُ لِإِسْرَائِيلَ أَنْ يَعْبُرَ فِي تُخْمِهِ، بَلْ جَمَعَ سِيحُونُ كُلَّ شَعْبِهِ وَنَزَلُوا فِي يَاهَصَ وَحَارَبُوا إِسْرَائِيلَ. ٢٠ 20
But Sihon did not trust Israel to pass through his territory. So Sihon gathered all his army together and moved it to Jahaz, and there he fought against Israel.
فَدَفَعَ ٱلرَّبُّ إِلَهُ إِسْرَائِيلَ سِيحُونَ وَكُلَّ شَعْبِهِ لِيَدِ إِسْرَائِيلَ فَضَرَبُوهُمْ، وَٱمْتَلَكَ إِسْرَائِيلُ كُلَّ أَرْضِ ٱلْأَمُورِيِّينَ سُكَّانِ تِلْكَ ٱلْأَرْضِ. ٢١ 21
Then Yahweh, the God of Israel, gave Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel and they defeated them. So Israel took all the land of the Amorites who lived in that country.
فَٱمْتَلَكُوا كُلَّ تُخْمِ ٱلْأَمُورِيِّينَ مِنْ أَرْنُونَ إِلَى ٱلْيَبُّوقِ وَمِنَ ٱلْقَفْرِ إِلَى ٱلْأُرْدُنِّ. ٢٢ 22
They took over everything within the territory of the Amorites, from the Arnon to the Jabbok, and from the wilderness to the Jordan.
وَٱلْآنَ ٱلرَّبُّ إِلَهُ إِسْرَائِيلَ قَدْ طَرَدَ ٱلْأَمُورِيِّينَ مِنْ أَمَامِ شَعْبِهِ إِسْرَائِيلَ. أَفَأَنْتَ تَمْتَلِكُهُ؟ ٢٣ 23
So then Yahweh, the God of Israel, has driven out the Amorites before his people Israel, and should you now take possession of their land?
أَلَيْسَ مَا يُمَلِّكُكَ إِيَّاهُ كَمُوشُ إِلَهُكَ تَمْتَلِكُ؟ وَجَمِيعُ ٱلَّذِينَ طَرَدَهُمُ ٱلرَّبُّ إِلَهُنَا مِنْ أَمَامِنَا فَإِيَّاهُمْ نَمْتَلِكُ. ٢٤ 24
Will you not take over the land that Chemosh, your god, gives you? So whatever land Yahweh our God has given us, we will take over.
وَٱلْآنَ فَهَلْ أَنْتَ خَيْرٌ مِنْ بَالَاقَ بْنِ صِفُّورَ مَلِكِ مُوآبَ؟ فَهَلْ خَاصَمَ إِسْرَائِيلَ أَوْ حَارَبَهُمْ مُحَارَبَةً ٢٥ 25
Now are you really better than Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he dare to have an argument with Israel? Did he ever wage war against them?
حِينَ أَقَامَ إِسْرَائِيلُ فِي حَشْبُونَ وَقُرَاهَا، وَعَرُوعِيرَ وَقُرَاهَا وَكُلِّ ٱلْمُدُنِ ٱلَّتِي عَلَى جَانِبِ أَرْنُونَ ثَلَاثَ مِئَةِ سَنَةٍ؟ فَلِمَاذَا لَمْ تَسْتَرِدَّهَا فِي تِلْكَ ٱلْمُدَّةِ؟ ٢٦ 26
While Israel lived for three hundred years in Heshbon and its villages, and in Aroer and its villages, and in all the cities that are along the banks of the Arnon—why then did you not take them back during that time?
فَأَنَا لَمْ أُخْطِئْ إِلَيْكَ. وَأَمَّا أَنْتَ فَإِنَّكَ تَفْعَلُ بِي شَرًّا بِمُحَارَبَتِي. لِيَقْضِ ٱلرَّبُّ ٱلْقَاضِي ٱلْيَوْمَ بَيْنَ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ وَبَنِي عَمُّونَ». ٢٧ 27
I have not done you wrong, but you are doing me wrong by attacking me. Yahweh, the judge, will decide today between the people of Israel and the people of Ammon.”
فَلَمْ يَسْمَعْ مَلِكُ بَنِي عَمُّونَ لِكَلَامِ يَفْتَاحَ ٱلَّذِي أَرْسَلَ إِلَيْهِ. ٢٨ 28
But the king of the people of Ammon rejected the warning Jephthah sent him.
فَكَانَ رُوحُ ٱلرَّبِّ عَلَى يَفْتَاحَ، فَعَبَرَ جِلْعَادَ وَمَنَسَّى وَعَبَرَ مِصْفَاةَ جِلْعَادَ، وَمِنْ مِصْفَاةِ جِلْعَادَ عَبَرَ إِلَى بَنِي عَمُّونَ. ٢٩ 29
Then the Spirit of Yahweh came on Jephthah, and he passed through Gilead and Manasseh, and passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from Mizpah of Gilead he passed through to the people of Ammon.
وَنَذَرَ يَفْتَاحُ نَذْرًا لِلرَّبِّ قَائِلًا: «إِنْ دَفَعْتَ بَنِي عَمُّونَ لِيَدِي، ٣٠ 30
Jephthah made a vow to Yahweh and said, “If you give me victory over the people of Ammon,
فَٱلْخَارِجُ ٱلَّذِي يَخْرُجُ مِنْ أَبْوَابِ بَيْتِي لِلِقَائِي عِنْدَ رُجُوعِي بِٱلسَّلَامَةِ مِنْ عِنْدِ بَنِي عَمُّونَ يَكُونُ لِلرَّبِّ، وَأُصْعِدُهُ مُحْرَقَةً». ٣١ 31
then whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the people of Ammon will belong to Yahweh, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering.”
ثُمَّ عَبَرَ يَفْتَاحُ إِلَى بَنِي عَمُّونَ لِمُحَارَبَتِهِمْ. فَدَفَعَهُمُ ٱلرَّبُّ لِيَدِهِ. ٣٢ 32
So Jephthah passed through to the people of Ammon to fight against them, and Yahweh gave him victory.
فَضَرَبَهُمْ مِنْ عَرُوعِيرَ إِلَى مَجِيئِكَ إِلَى مِنِّيتَ، عِشْرِينَ مَدِينَةً، وَإِلَى آبَلِ ٱلْكُرُومِ ضَرْبَةً عَظِيمَةً جِدًّا. فَذَلَّ بَنُو عَمُّونَ أَمَامَ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ. ٣٣ 33
He attacked them and caused a great slaughter from Aroer as far as Minnith—twenty cities—and to Abel Keramim. So the people of Ammon were put under the control of the people of Israel.
ثُمَّ أَتَى يَفْتَاحُ إِلَى ٱلْمِصْفَاةِ إِلَى بَيْتِهِ، وَإِذَا بِٱبْنَتِهِ خَارِجَةً لِلِقَائِهِ بِدُفُوفٍ وَرَقْصٍ. وَهِيَ وَحِيدَةٌ. لَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ ٱبْنٌ وَلَا ٱبْنَةٌ غَيْرَهَا. ٣٤ 34
Jephthah came to his home at Mizpah, and there his daughter came out to meet him with tambourines and with dancing. She was his only child, and besides her he had neither son nor daughter.
وَكَانَ لَمَّا رَآهَا أَنَّهُ مَزَّقَ ثِيَابَهُ وَقَالَ: «آهِ يَا بِنْتِي! قَدْ أَحْزَنْتِنِي حُزْنًا وَصِرْتِ بَيْنَ مُكَدِّرِيَّ، لِأَنِّي قَدْ فَتَحْتُ فَمِي إِلَى ٱلرَّبِّ وَلَا يُمْكِنُنِي ٱلرُّجُوعُ». ٣٥ 35
As soon as he saw her, he tore his clothes and said, “Oh! My daughter! You have crushed me with sorrow, and you have become one who causes me pain! For I have made an oath to Yahweh, and I cannot turn back on my promise.”
فَقَالَتْ لَهُ: «يَا أَبِي، هَلْ فَتَحْتَ فَاكَ إِلَى ٱلرَّبِّ؟ فَٱفْعَلْ بِي كَمَا خَرَجَ مِنْ فِيكَ، بِمَا أَنَّ ٱلرَّبَّ قَدِ ٱنْتَقَمَ لَكَ مِنْ أَعْدَائِكَ بَنِي عَمُّونَ». ٣٦ 36
She said to him, “My father, you have made a vow to Yahweh, do to me everything you promised, because Yahweh has taken vengeance for you against your enemies, the Ammonites.”
ثُمَّ قَالَتْ لِأَبِيهَا: «فَلْيُفْعَلْ لِي هَذَا ٱلْأَمْرُ: ٱتْرُكْنِي شَهْرَيْنِ فَأَذْهَبَ وَأَنْزِلَ عَلَى ٱلْجِبَالِ وَأَبْكِيَ عَذْرَاوِيَّتِي أَنَا وَصَاحِبَاتِي». ٣٧ 37
She said to her father, “Let this promise be kept for me. Leave me alone for two months, that I may leave and go down to the hills and grieve over my virginity, I and my companions.”
فَقَالَ: «ٱذْهَبِي». وَأَرْسَلَهَا إِلَى شَهْرَيْنِ. فَذَهَبَتْ هِيَ وَصَاحِبَاتُهَا وَبَكَتْ عَذْرَاوِيَّتَهَا عَلَى ٱلْجِبَالِ. ٣٨ 38
He said, “Go.” He sent her away for two months. She left him, she and her companions, and they grieved her virginity in the hills.
وَكَانَ عِنْدَ نِهَايَةِ ٱلشَّهْرَيْنِ أَنَّهَا رَجَعَتْ إِلَى أَبِيهَا، فَفَعَلَ بِهَا نَذْرَهُ ٱلَّذِي نَذَرَ. وَهِيَ لَمْ تَعْرِفْ رَجُلًا. فَصَارَتْ عَادَةً فِي إِسْرَائِيلَ ٣٩ 39
At the end of two months she returned to her father, who did with her according to the promise of the vow he had made. Now she had never slept with a man, and it became a custom in Israel
أَنَّ بَنَاتِ إِسْرَائِيلَ يَذْهَبْنَ مِنْ سَنَةٍ إِلَى سَنَةٍ لِيَنُحْنَ عَلَى بِنْتِ يَفْتَاحَ ٱلْجِلْعَادِيِّ أَرْبَعَةَ أَيَّامٍ فِي ٱلسَّنَةِ. ٤٠ 40
that the daughters of Israel every year, for four days, would retell the story of the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite.