The Holy Bible: King James Version. 2000. The Book of Judges
Tola and Jair Judge Israel
And after Abim'elech there arose to defend Israel Tola the son of Pu'ah, the son of Dodo, a man of Is'sachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in mount E'phra-im.
And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.
¶ And after him arose Ja'ir, a Gil'e-adite, and judged Israel twenty and two years.
And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty ass colts, and they had thirty cities, which are called Havothja'ir unto this day, which are in the land of Gil'e-ad.
And Ja'ir died, and was buried in Camon.
Jephthah Delivers Israel from the Ammonites
¶ And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the L ORD, and served Ba'alim, and Ash'taroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the L ORD, and served not him.
And the anger of the L ORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon.
And that year they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel: eighteen years, all the children of Israel that were on the other side Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gil'e-ad.
Moreover the children of Ammon passed over Jordan to fight also against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the house of E'phra-im; so that Israel was sore distressed.
¶ And the children of Israel cried unto the L ORD, saying, We have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our God, and also served Ba'alim.
And the L ORD said unto the children of Israel, Did not I deliver you from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines?
The Zido'ni-ans also, and the Amal'ekites, and the Ma'onites, did oppress you; and ye cried to me, and I delivered you out of their hand.
Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more.
Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.
And the children of Israel said unto the L ORD, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.
And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the L ORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.
¶ Then the children of Ammon were gathered together, and encamped in Gil'e-ad. And the children of Israel assembled themselves together, and encamped in Mizpeh.
And the people and princes of Gil'e-ad said one to another, What man is he that will begin to fight against the children of Ammon? he shall be head over all the inhabitants of Gil'e-ad.