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JEPHTHAHs DAUGHTER

If you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay fulfilling it, for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and you will be guilty of sin. But if you refrain from vowing, you will not be guilty of sin. You shall be careful to do what has passed your lips, for you have voluntarily vowed to the Lord your God what you have promised with your mouth. — Deuteronomy 23:21-23 Are our vows sacred? Are we hasty with our lips? One should not be caught up in a snare…do we dare trust our tongue to promises? Is the fruit of our womb deemed precious such that we ponder our words so we do not bruise the fruit? — the poet Jephthah’s Daughter Leave me alone so that I may weep with my friends. For two months I will proclaim, “I will never marry.” My father in victory leads. God avenged his enemies. But Jephthah made a vow, that after a victorious return whatever comes out of the door of his house will burn as an offering to the Lord. Oaths made were kept. So I will not quarrel with him or say, “How could you?” I came out to meet him, dancing and with tambourines. He tarried not in telling me of his misery and vow. This unmarried virgin merely asked for time to grieve, for God of all gave the Ammonites into my father’s hands. Each year the daughters of Israel commemorate the virgin who was left alone to weep with her friends. 11/20/2021

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Date: 11/21/2021 7:23:00 PM
To believe in what is good and know what is bad, seems somewhere to be lost. Love the story and your poetry from the bible Kim. Thank you
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 11/21/2021 8:50:00 PM
Sad and true. Thank you, Harry!
Date: 11/21/2021 4:18:00 PM
I truly love this - especially this part "I came out to meet him, dancing and with tambourines." Happy Thanksgivings!
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 11/21/2021 8:51:00 PM
Happy Thanksgiving! <3
Date: 11/21/2021 9:06:00 AM
Kim, poignant and a message for humankind to take heed. Vows that are made should never be betrayed. Blessings, Paulette
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 11/21/2021 10:10:00 AM
Thank you, Paulette! xx
Date: 11/20/2021 9:04:00 PM
Very good, Kim. Respect for what you promise should be kept. goood luck
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 11/21/2021 5:16:00 AM
Thank you, Eve!
Date: 11/20/2021 8:45:00 PM
Kim, you are right about the gravity of making vows or swearing oaths... In fact, in Orthodox Jewish courts, many will pay smaller debts that they do not owe rather than swear an oath that they don't really owe anything or that they stole something... 'A man's word is his bond' is not to be taken lightly. Kudos, Gershon
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 11/21/2021 5:15:00 AM
Thank you, Gershon. Oh that this world would tell the truth and keep their promises.
Date: 11/20/2021 5:42:00 PM
Thanks Kim, I enjoyed the poem and the Bible study. This nicely written ~ Debra
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 11/20/2021 6:03:00 PM
Thank you, Debra!
Date: 11/20/2021 12:05:00 PM
I have always wondered what actually happened to that poor girl. She could not marry because she was pure. But the vow required a sacrifice. In those olden days although killing a child as a sacrifice was not permitted, the vow was death. Yet we do not know really. The bible says nothing. Hugs.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 11/20/2021 2:11:00 PM
You are right, Victor! We do not know. I think it is meant to point us to the gravity of making vows to God. God bless, you :)
Date: 11/20/2021 10:35:00 AM
An engrossing and moving verse, and a reminder that our word is our bond. Nicely written, Kim.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 11/20/2021 2:11:00 PM
Yes it is! Thank you, sweet lady!
Date: 11/20/2021 8:13:00 AM
Well written. Soul stirring...strange though to think, that God would condone anything that would bring sorry. Food for thought.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 11/20/2021 9:13:00 AM
It was old testament times. Perhaps it is more thought provoking. God is indeed merciful. Still we shouldn’t make promises we don’t intend to keep. No one was required to make a promise to God. Funny how most when they are in great jeopardy will make a vow to God. “If you save me…I will do xyz for you” Thank you, Joe!
Date: 11/20/2021 7:47:00 AM
Yes, our vows are important, and both Jephthah and his daughter kept theirs. I doubt most "christians" would follow suit. / Maurice
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 11/20/2021 9:09:00 AM
Something we should ponder. Thanks, Maurice!