Lamentation for the Daughter of Jephtah is a custom held by the women of Israel yearly for four days. The scripture is not specific as the date or season but it does make clear that it was a custom and that it was observed by the space of 4 days by women in Israel. It is important to know that this day is a customary observance and a memorial kept by the women of Israel and is not a High Holy Day, Sabbath or Feast but a remembrance with lamentation for a righteous sister that was sacrificed to THE FATHER through a vow from her father Jephtah the Gileadite. We lament that this righteous sister had neither married or had children.

 During these four days we try our best to be together as sisters as often as we can as the sisters in the scripture were together for four days and we also make ourselves Sackcloth to wear on our bodies and upon our heads throughout our four day lamentation.

The date that we will be Lamenting for The Daughter of Jephtah can be found on our calendar by clicking here. You can read more about Jephtah and his vow and our sister in the book of Judges Chapter 11. 


"And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter.

35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth unto the Lord, and I cannot go back.

36 And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the Lord, do to me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth; forasmuch as the Lord hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children of Ammon.

37 And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows.

38 And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.

39 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel,

40 That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year."A Judges 11:34:40







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