Judges Chapter 1

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Judges Chapter 1

War Against the Remaining Canaanites
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 against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?
2   And the LORD said,  Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.
3   And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, Come up with me into my allotted portion, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with you into your allotted portion. 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 of them in Bezek ten thousand men.
5   And they found Adonibezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites.
6   But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.
7   And Adonibezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut  off,  gathered  scraps under  my  table:  as  I have done, so God has requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.
8   Now  the  children  of  Judah  had  fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and struck it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire.
9   And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites, that dwelt in the mountain, and in the south, and in the valley.
10   And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron: (now the name of Hebron before was Kiriatharba:) and they slew Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai.
11   And from there he went against the inhabitants  of  Debir:  and  the  name  of  Debir before was Kiriathsepher:
12   And Caleb said, He that strikes Kiriathsepher, and takes it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter 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 him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she got down from her donkey; and Caleb said unto her, What do you want?
15   And she said unto him, Give me a blessing: for you have given me the south land; give me also springs of water. And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.
16   And the children of the Kenite, Moses' father-in-law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which lies to the south of Arad; and they went and dwelt among the people.
17   And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they slew the Canaanites that inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. And the name of the city was called Hormah.
18   Also Judah took Gaza with its border, and Askelon  with  its  border,  and  Ekron  with    its border.
19   And the LORD was with Judah; and he drove out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.
20   And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, as Moses said: and he expelled from there the three sons of Anak.
21   And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem until this day.
22   And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Bethel: and the LORD was with them.
23   And the house of Joseph sent to spy out Bethel. (Now the name of the city before was Luz.)
24   And the spies saw a man come forth out of the city, and they said unto him, Show us, we pray you, the entrance into the city, and we will show you mercy.
25   And when he showed them the entrance into the city, they struck the city with the edge of the sword; but they let go the man and all his family.
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 until this day.
27   Neither did Manasseh drive out the inhabitants of Bethshean and its villages, or Taanach and its villages, nor the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and its villages, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and its villages: but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.
28   And  it  came  to  pass,  when  Israel  was strong, that they put the Canaanites to forced labor, and did not utterly drive them out.
29   Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.
30   Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants of Nahalol; but the Canaanites dwelt among them, and became forced laborers.
31   Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Acco, nor the inhabitants of Sidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor 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, nor the inhabitants of  Bethanath;  but  he  dwelt  among  the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: nevertheless  the  inhabitants  of  Bethshemesh and of Bethanath became forced laborers unto them.
34   And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain: for they would not allow them to come down to the valley:
35   But the Amorites would dwell in mount Heres in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim: yet the hand of the house of Joseph prevailed, so that they became forced laborers.
36   And the border of the Amorites was from the ascent of Akrabbim, from the rock, and upward.