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And the king of the children of Ammon answered unto the messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took away my land, when they came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and unto Jordan: now therefore restore those lands again peaceably.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

11:13 took away my land. Israel had not taken land from the Ammonites, but from the Amorites. Furthermore, they had occupied it for over three hundred years. Most importantly, it had been given to them by God. The Ammonites, therefore, had no legitimate claim to it. Jephthah reveals a keen knowledge of history in this recitation, as well as an acknowledgment of his faith in the true God.

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