As tension would arise between Israel and their neighbors, in this case, it is only made worse by the rhetoric and banter of Jephthah. He goes to argue with the king of the Ammonites and in doing so he leads the nation into war.
Most believe this was a just war. There was no backing away from it and the Ammonites were in the wrong trying to take land away from Israel. However, this shows us the importance of our words. As Edward Bulward once noted, the Pen is mightier than the sword. The words we use when we stand before our accusers, our enemies or those hostile towards us can make all the difference in the way that altercation unfolds.
Take time today and look at the words you use. Are you building up, encouraging, clear, and direct with your words? What we say matters.