When the Ammonites had made an expedition into the land of Gilead,
the inhabitants of the country met them at a certain mountain, but wanted
a commander. Now there was one whose name was Jephtha, who, both on account
of his father's virtue, and on account of that army which he maintained
at his own expenses, was a potent man: the Israelites therefore sent to
him, and entreated him to come to their assistance, and promised him the
dominion over them all his lifetime. But he did not admit of their entreaty;
and accused them, that they did not come to his assistance when he was
unjustly treated, and this in an open manner by his brethren; for they
cast him off, as not having the same mother with the rest, but born of
a strange mother, that was introduced among them by his father's fondness;
and this they did out of a contempt of his inability [to vindicate himself].
So he dwelt in the country of Gilead, as it is called, and received all
that came to him, let them come from what place soever, and paid them wages.
However, when they pressed him to accept the dominion, and sware they would
grant him the government over them all his life, he led them to the war.