Judges 1

1Joshua died. Then the people of Israel prayed to the Lord. They said, “Which of our family groups should be the first to go and fight for us against the Canaanite people?” 2The Lord said to the Israelite people, “The family group of Judah will go. I will let them take this land.” 3The men of Judah asked for help from their brothers from the family group of Simeon. The men of Judah said, “Brothers, the Lord ˻promised to˼ give each of us some land. If you will come and help us fight for our land, then we will go and help you fight for your land.” The men of Simeon agreed to help their brothers from Judah fight. 4The Lord helped the men of Judah defeat the Canaanites and the Perizzites. The men of Judah killed 10,000 men at the city of Bezek. 5In the city of Bezek the men of Judah found the ruler of Bezek and fought him. The men of Judah defeated the Canaanites and the Perizzites. 6The ruler of Bezek tried to escape. But the men of Judah chased him and caught him. When they caught him, they cut off his thumbs and big toes. 7Then the ruler of Bezek said, “I cut the thumbs and big toes off of 70 kings. And those kings had to eat pieces of food that fell from my table. Now God has paid me back for the things I did to those kings.” The men of Judah took the ruler of Bezek to Jerusalem and he died there. 8The men of Judah fought against Jerusalem and captured it. The men of Judah used their swords to kill the people of Jerusalem. Then they burned the city. 9Later, the men of Judah went down to fight against some more Canaanites. Those Canaanites lived in the hill country, in the Negev, and in the western foothills. 10Then the men of Judah went to fight against the Canaanite people that lived in the city of Hebron. (Hebron used to be called Kiriath Arba.) The men of Judah defeated the men named Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai. 11The men of Judah left that place. They went to the city of Debir to fight against the people there. (In the past, Debir was called Kiriath Sepher.) 12Before the men of Judah started to fight, Caleb made a promise to the men. Caleb said, “I want to attack Kiriath Sepher. I will give my daughter Acsah to the man that attacks and captures that city. I will let that man marry my daughter.” 13Caleb had a younger brother named Kenaz. Kenaz had a son named Othniel. Othniel captured the city of Kiriath Sepher. So Caleb gave his daughter Acsah to Othniel to be his wife. 14Acsah went to live with Othniel. Othniel told Acsah to ask her father for some land. ˻Acsah went to her father.˼ When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What is wrong?” 15Acsah answered Caleb, “Give me a blessing. You gave me dry desert land in the Negev. Please give me some land with water on it.” So Caleb gave her what she wanted. He gave her the upper and lower pools of water in that land. 16The Kenite people left the City of Palm Trees ˻(Jericho)˼ and went with the men of Judah. Those people went to the Desert of Judah to live with the people there. This was in the Negev near the city Arad. (The Kenite people were from the family of Moses’ father-in-law.) 17Some Canaanite people lived in the city of Zephath. So the men of Judah and men from the family group of Simeon attacked those Canaanite people. They completely destroyed the city. So they named the city Hormah. 18The men of Judah also captured the city of Gaza and the small towns around it. The men of Judah also captured the cities of Ashkelon and Ekron and all the small towns around them. 19The Lord was on the side of the men of Judah when they fought. They took the land in the hill country. But the men of Judah failed to take the land in the valleys, because the people living there had iron chariots. 20Moses had promised to give the land near Hebron to Caleb. So that land was given to Caleb’s family. The men of Caleb forced the three sons of Anak to leave that place. 21The family group of Benjamin could not force the Jebusite people to leave Jerusalem. So even today, the Jebusite people live with the people of Benjamin in Jerusalem. 22- 23Men from the family group of Joseph went to fight against the city of Bethel. (In the past, Bethel was named Luz.) The Lord was on the side of the men from the family group of Joseph. The men from the family of Joseph sent some spies to the city of Bethel. ˻These men looked for ways to defeat the city of Bethel.˼ 24While the spies were watching the city of Bethel, they saw a man come out of the city. The spies said to the man, “Show us a secret way into the city. We will attack the city. But if you help us, we will not hurt you.” 25The man showed the spies the secret way into the city. The men of Joseph used their swords to kill the people of Bethel. But they did not hurt the man that helped them. And they did not hurt the people in his family. That man and his family were allowed to go free. 26That man then went to the land where the Hittite people lived and built a city. He named the city Luz. And that city is still called Luz today. 27There were Canaanite people living in the cities of Beth Shean, Taanach, Dor, Ibleam, Megiddo, and the small towns around those cities. The people from the family group of Manasseh could not force those people to leave those towns. So the Canaanite people stayed. They refused to leave their homes. 28Later the people of Israel grew stronger and forced the Canaanite people to work as slaves for them. But the people of Israel could not force all of the Canaanite people to leave their land. 29˻The same thing happened with the people from the family group of Ephraim.˼ There were Canaanite people living in Gezer. And the people of Ephraim did not make all of those Canaanite people leave their land. So the Canaanite people continued to live in Gezer with the people of Ephraim. 30˻The same thing happened with the people from the family group of Zebulun.˼ Some Canaanite people lived in the cities of Kitron and Nahalol. The people of Zebulun did not force those people to leave their land. Those Canaanite people stayed and lived with the people of Zebulun. But the people of Zebulun made those people work for them as slaves. 31˻The same thing happened with the people from the family group of Asher.˼ The people of Asher did not force the other people to leave the cities of Acco, Sidon, Ahlab, Aczib, Helbah, Aphek, and Rehob. 32The people of Asher did not force those Canaanite people to leave their land. So the Canaanite people continued to live with the people of Asher. 33˻The same thing happened with the people from the family group of Naphtali.˼ The people of Naphtali did not force the people to leave the cities of Beth Shemesh and Beth Anath. So the people of Naphtali continued to live with the people in those cities. Those Canaanite people worked as slaves for the people of Naphtali. 34The Amorite people forced the people of the family group of Dan to live in the hill country. They had to stay in the hills because the Amorite people would not let them come down to live in the valleys. 35The Amorite people decided to stay in Mount Heres, Aijalon, and Shaalbim. Later, the family group of Joseph grew stronger. Then they made the Amorite people work as slaves for them. 36The land of the Amorite people was from Scorpion Pass to Sela and up into the hill country past Sela.

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