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.

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