The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJudges 11:40
That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the
daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite…
Either the death of her,
as some, or her virginity, as others; though the word F16 used may signify
to talk and discourse with her, to hold a confabulation with her, and
comfort her, as Kimchi and Ben Melech interpret it; to bring her some
news, and tell her some diverting stories, to cheer and refresh her in
her solitude. De Dieu observes, that the word signifies in the Arabic
language to "praise", or speak in commendation of a person or thing;
and indeed in this sense it seems to be used in this book, (Judges 5:11) ,
"they shall rehearse", that is, with praise and thanksgiving, "the
righteous acts of the Lord"; and so the daughters of Israel went every
year to the place where the daughter of Jephthah was, to speak in the
praise of her, of her heroism, in so cheerfully submitting to her
father's vow, and expressing such gratitude and joy at the same time
for victory over the enemies of Israel; and this they did in her
presence and while she lived, to keep up her spirits; or it may be, in
some public place, and even after her death, in memory of her, and to
celebrate her praise. Epiphanius says F17, that in his time, at
Sebaste, formerly called Samaria, they deified the daughter of
Jephthah, and kept a feast for her every year. The meeting of the
daughters of Israel, so long as the custom lasted, which perhaps was
only during the life of Jephthah's daughter, was four days in a year;
but whether they were four days running, or once in a quarter of a
year, is not certain; the latter seems most probable.
F16 (twntl) "ad alloquendum", Pagninus, Montanus; "ut dissererent",
Tigurine version; "ut colloquerentur", Vatablus; "ad
confabulandum", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.
F17 Contr. Haeres. l. 2. Haeres. 55.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Judges 11:40". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=jud&chapter=011&verse=040>. 1999.