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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Bitter and Sweet (05/28/09)

TITLE: BITTER SWEET VICTORY
By Nancy D'Costa
06/02/09


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Valiant soldier was Jepththah, son of Gilead
Shunned by his brothers, forced out to Tob
But soon as the Ammonites raised a war cry
Gileadites came pleading, ‘the danger is nigh!’

‘What is your quarrel, why do you err?
May Lord judge you if you unjustly wage war
And between you and me may He give a ruling’,
Jephthah sent message to the Ammonite King

King of Ammon refused to listen
Marched out Jephthah for a confrontation
Ere that he promised to sacrifice the first to meet
If he returned victorious after the fight

Out went Jephthah with God’s power and might
And victory was his to his great delight
He struck them from Aroer to Minnith
Great was the slaughter of the Ammonites

He marched back to Mizpah full of joy
Neared his house, praising God on high
First came his lass, playing tambourine and dancing
Oh! The sweet victory turned to bitter mourning!

‘Alas! My daughter!’ was his heartrending wail
‘You broke my heart, turned victory to a sad tale
I’ve made a promise to Almighty God
But never thought it would be my own blood!’

‘Sweet was the victory, heady its zing
In came I praising my Savior and King
Oh! Bitter the loss, venomous its sting
Lord! How can I sacrifice my own darling!’

‘Father, the promise was made to God Almighty
Keep it! He has avenged your enemies so mighty
But for two months let me with my friends on mountains roam
That I die a virgin, with them let me mourn'

Out went his darling, out to the mount
With her went Israel’s virgins to mourn
Faithfully she returned in two months for the feat
As a bitter sacrifice of a victory so sweet

‘Sweet was the victory, heady its zing
In came I praising my Savior and King
Though bitter the loss, venomous its sting
To you O Lord I sacrifice my own darling!’

(Reference: Book of Judges chapter 11)


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Jeanne E Webster 06/07/09
You have a good rendition here of the Biblical story of Jepththah and his ill-spoken promise to God. What a tragic result for such a sweet victory!

Edit your article, especially for double quotes in place of single, and search diligently for correct punctuation.

On the whole, a good job retelling this story.
Sara Harricharan 06/08/09
Indeed, a most bittersweet victory. I remember this story too well and you did good to try to show it in poetry form. Nicely done.
diana kay06/10/09
gosh well done !a unknown (to me anyway) bible story brought to life