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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 87

The Story of Jephthah

The Story of Jephthah.

He went off and asked the Lord to let him whip some people, and he told the Lord if he would let him whip them, he would sacrifice to the Lord the first thing page 22 that met him on his return; and the first thing that met him was his own beautiful daughter, and be sacrificed her. Is there a sadder story in all the history of the world than that? What do you think of a man that would sacrifice his own daughter? What do you think of a God that would receive that sacrifice?

When you go to the old testament, to the great law-giver, you find that the woman has to ask forgiveness for having born a child. If it was a boy, thirtythree days she was unclean; if it was a girl, sixty-six. Nice laws? Good laws! If there is a pure thing in this world, if there is a picture of perfect purity, it is a mother with her child in her arms.

Does the bible describe a God of mercy? Let me read you a verse or two.

"I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh. Thy foot may be dipped in