Judges 11:37
New International Version
But grant me this one request,” she said. “Give me two months to roam the hills and weep with my friends, because I will never marry.”

New Living Translation
But first let me do this one thing: Let me go up and roam in the hills and weep with my friends for two months, because I will die a virgin.”

English Standard Version
So she said to her father, “Let this thing be done for me: leave me alone two months, that I may go up and down on the mountains and weep for my virginity, I and my companions.”

Berean Study Bible
She also said to her father, “Let me do this one thing: Let me wander for two months through the mountains with my friends and mourn my virginity.”

King James Bible
And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows.

New King James Version
Then she said to her father, “Let this thing be done for me: let me alone for two months, that I may go and wander on the mountains and bewail my virginity, my friends and I.”

New American Standard Bible
And she said to her father, “Let this thing be done for me; allow me two months, so that I may go to the mountains and weep because of my virginity, I and my friends.”

NASB 1995
She said to her father, “Let this thing be done for me; let me alone two months, that I may go to the mountains and weep because of my virginity, I and my companions.”

NASB 1977
And she said to her father, “Let this thing be done for me; let me alone two months, that I may go to the mountains and weep because of my virginity, I and my companions.”

Amplified Bible
And she said to her father, “Let this one thing be done for me; let me alone for two months, so that I may go to the mountains and weep over my virginity, I and my companions.”

Christian Standard Bible
She also said to her father, “Let me do this one thing: Let me wander two months through the mountains with my friends and mourn my virginity.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
She also said to her father, “Let me do this one thing: Let me wander two months through the mountains with my friends and mourn my virginity."”

American Standard Version
And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may depart and go down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my companions.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And she said to her father: “Only do this for me. Let me alone two months and I shall go, I shall walk on the mountains and I shall weep for my virginity, I and my friends”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And she said to her father, Let my father now do this thing: let me alone for two months, and I will go up and down on the mountains, and I will bewail my virginity, I and my companions.

Contemporary English Version
But first, please let me spend two months, wandering in the hill country with my friends. We will cry together, because I can never get married and have children."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And she said to her father: Grant me only this which I desire: Let me go, that I may go about the mountains for two months, and may bewail my virginity with my companions.

English Revised Version
And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may depart and go down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my companions.

Good News Translation
But she asked her father, "Do this one thing for me. Leave me alone for two months, so that I can go with my friends to wander in the mountains and grieve that I must die a virgin."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then she said to her father, "Do me a favor. Give me two months for my friends and me to walk in the mountains and mourn that I will never have an opportunity to get married."

International Standard Version
Then she continued talking with her father, "Do this for me: leave me alone by myself for two months. I'll go up to the mountains and cry there because I'll never marry. My friends and I will go."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And she said unto her father: 'Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may depart and go down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my companions.'

Literal Standard Version
And she says to her father, “Let this thing be done to me; desist from me [for] two months, and I go on, and have gone down on the hills, and I weep for my virginity—I and my friends.”

NET Bible
She then said to her father, "Please grant me this one wish. For two months allow me to walk through the hills with my friends and mourn my virginity."

New Heart English Bible
She said to her father, "Let this thing be done for me: leave me alone two months, that I may depart and go down on the mountains, and weep because of my virginity, I and my companions."

World English Bible
She said to her father, "Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may depart and go down on the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my companions."

Young's Literal Translation
And she saith unto her father, 'Let this thing be done to me; desist from me two months, and I go on, and have gone down on the hills, and I weep for my virginity -- I and my friends.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jephthah's Tragic Vow
36“My father,” she replied, “you have given your word to the LORD. Do to me as you have said, for the LORD has avenged you of your enemies, the Ammonites.” 37She also said to her father, “Let me do this one thing: Let me wander for two months through the mountains with my friends and mourn my virginity.” 38“Go,” he said. And he sent her away for two months. So she left with her friends and mourned her virginity upon the mountains.…

Cross References
Luke 1:25
"The Lord has done this for me. In these days He has shown me favor and taken away my disgrace among the people."

Genesis 30:23
and she conceived and gave birth to a son. "God has taken away my shame," she said.

Judges 11:38
"Go," he said. And he sent her away for two months. So she left with her friends and mourned her virginity upon the mountains.


Treasury of Scripture

And she said to her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down on the mountains, and mourn my virginity, I and my fellows.

go up and down.

1 Samuel 1:6
And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.

Luke 1:25
Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.









(37) Let me alone two months.--There was nothing which forbade this postponement for a definite purpose and period of the fulfilment of the vow. For the phrase "let me alone," see Deuteronomy 9:14; 1Samuel 11:3.

And bewail my virginity.--The thought which was so grievous to the Hebrew maiden was not death, but to die unwedded and childless. This is the bitterest wail of Antigone also, in the great play of Sophocles (Ant. 890); but to a Hebrew maid the pang would be more bitter, because the absence of motherhood cut off from her, and, in this instance, from her house, the hopes which prophecy had cherished. Josephus makes the expression mean no more than "to bewail her youth," neoteta (Jos. Antt. v. 7, ? 10).

Verse 37. - And bewail my virginity. It is a striking evidence of the strong desire among Hebrew women to be mothers, as seen in Sarah, Rachel, Hannah, and others, that it was the prospect of dying unmarried which seemed to Jephthah's daughter the saddest part of her fate. So in Psalm 78:63, their maidens were not given to marriage is one of the items of the misery of Israel (see too ver. 39).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
She also said
וַתֹּ֙אמֶר֙ (wat·tō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

her father,
אָבִ֔יהָ (’ā·ḇî·hā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 1: Father

“Let me do
יֵעָ֥שֶׂה (yê·‘ā·śeh)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

this
הַזֶּ֑ה (haz·zeh)
Article | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's 2088: This, that

one thing:
הַדָּבָ֣ר (had·dā·ḇār)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

Let me wander
וְאֵֽלְכָה֙ (wə·’ê·lə·ḵāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

for two
שְׁנַ֣יִם (šə·na·yim)
Number - md
Strong's 8147: Two (a cardinal number)

months
חֳדָשִׁ֗ים (ḥo·ḏā·šîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 2320: The new moon, a month

through
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the mountains
הֶֽהָרִ֔ים (he·hā·rîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 2022: Mountain, hill, hill country

with my friends
וְרֵעוֹתָֽי׃ (wə·rê·‘ō·w·ṯāy)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 7474: A female associate

and mourn
וְאֶבְכֶּה֙ (wə·’eḇ·keh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative if contextual - first person common singular
Strong's 1058: To weep, to bemoan

my virginity.”
בְּתוּלַ֔י (bə·ṯū·lay)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 1331: Virginity, the tokens of it


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