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Judges 1

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 1 Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, "Who shall go up for us first against the Canaanites to fight against them?"

 2 And the LORD said, "Judah shall go up; behold, I have delivered the land into his hand."

 3 Then [the tribe of] Judah said to [the tribe of] Simeon his brother, "Come up with me into my allotted territory, so that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with you into your allotted territory." So Simeon went with him.

 4 And Judah went up and the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand, and they slew 10,000 of them in Bezek.

 5 They found Adonibezek in Bezek and they fought against him, and they defeated the Canaanites and the Perizzites.

 6 But Adonibezek fled, and they pursued him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and his big toes.

 7 And Adonibezek said, "Seventy kings with their thumbs and their big toes cut off used to gather scraps under my table. As I have done, so God has repaid me." And they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.

 8 Now the men of Judah fought against Jerusalem and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword and set the city on fire.

 9 Afterward the men of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites who dwelt in the hill country, in the south, and in the lowland.

 10 And Judah went against the Canaanites who dwelt in Hebron. The name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba. And they defeated Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai.

 11 From there he went against the inhabitants of Debir. The name of Debir before was Kirjathsepher.

 12 Then Caleb said, "He who attacks Kirjathsepher and takes it, I will give Achsah, my daughter, to him as wife."

 13 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it; and he gave him Achsah, his daughter, as wife.

 14 And it came to pass, when she came to Othniel, that she got his consent to ask her father for a field. And she dismounted from her donkey, and Caleb said to her, "What do you wish?"

 15 And she said to him, "Give me a blessing; since have given me the south land, give me also springs of water." And Caleb gave her the upper springs and lower springs.

 16 And the descendants of the Kenite, Moses' father in law, went up out of the City of Palms [Jericho] with the children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which lies in the south of Arad; and they dwelt among the people there.

 17 Then Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they slew the Canaanites who inhabited Zephath and utterly destroyed it. So the name of the city was called Hormah.

 18  Judah also took Gaza, and Askelon, and Ekron, with their territory.

 19 The LORD was with Judah, and he drove out the inhabitants of the hill country, but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley because they had chariots of iron.

 20 They gave Hebron to Caleb as Moses said, and he expelled the three sons of Anak from there.

 21 But the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites who inhabited Jerusalem; the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem to this day.

 22 The house of Joseph also went up against Bethel, and the LORD was with them.

 23 And the house of Joseph was sent to spy out Bethel. The name of the city before was Luz.

 24 And the spies saw a man coming out of the city, and they said to him, "Show us, we pray you, the entrance into the city and we will show you mercy."

 25 So he showed them the entrance into the city, and they smote the city with the edge of the sword, but they let the man and all his family go.

 26 And the man went into the land of the Hittites and built a city and called the name thereof Luz, which is its name to this day.

 27 But Manasseh did not drive out the inhabitants of Bethshean and its towns, or Taanach or Dor or Ibleam or the inhabitants of Megiddo and its towns, but the Canaanites remained in that land.

 28 It came to pass when Israel became strong, that they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but Israel did not utterly drive them out.

 29 Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites who dwelt in Gezer; instead the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.

 30 Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants of Kitron or of Nahalol; instead the Canaanites dwelt among them, and became forced laborers.

 31 Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho or of Sidon or of Ahlab or of Achzib or of Helbah or of Aphik or of Rehob;

 32 But the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land, for they did not drive them out.

 33 Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Bethshemesh or of Bethanath, but they dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land; nevertheless the inhabitants of Bethshemesh and of Bethanath became subject to forced labor.

 34 The Amorites forced the children of Dan into the hill country; they would not allow them to come down to the valley;

 35 For the Amorites were determined to dwell in Mount Heres, in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim; but when the hand of the house of Joseph prevailed, they too became subject to forced labor.

 36 Now the boundary of the Amorites was from the ascent of Akrabbim to Sela and beyond.


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