The Old Testament lesson at Morning Prayer this morning was the story of Jephthah and his vow to God, as told in the book of Judges.
Jephthah was a brave and mighty warrior.
He also made a foolish vow, but he was a man of principle; he followed through on that same vow and sacrificed his daughter in thanks for a victory in battle.
Jephthah’s story is a cautionary tale. Be careful what you say. Try to understand and comprehend consequences before you take action. Understand the law . . . and cause & effect. Think before you speak. As in Hamilton, Smile more, speak less.
This story was fodder for one of the most glorious laments ever penned by a composer.