Old Testament

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Why did Jephthah vow to sacrifice a person? After all, the sacrifice of people was banned by the laws handed down by Moses.

It is possible that the “whoever” is a mistranslation. The intended word might be “whatever,” in which case, Jephthah referred to an animal, not a person. Indeed, the word “whatever” is used in the New International Version and in The Message; “thing” is used in the New Living Translation, and “whatsoever” in the King James Version.


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