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Judges 1
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1A time came after the death of Joshua when the People of Israel asked GOD, "Who will take the lead in going up against the Canaanites to fight them?"H310H4194H3091H1121H3478H7592H3068H559H5927H3669H8462H3898 2And GOD said, "Judah will go. I've given the land to him."H3068H559H3063H5927H5414H776H3027 3The men of Judah said to those of their brother Simeon, "Go up with us to our territory and we'll fight the Canaanites. Then we'll go with you to your territory." And Simeon went with them.H3063H559H8095H251H5927H1486H3898H3669H1980H1486H8095H3212 4So Judah went up. GOD gave them the Canaanites and the Perizzites. They defeated them at Bezek—ten military units!H3063H5927H3068H5414H3669H6522H3027H5221H966H6235H505H376 5They caught up with My-Master-Bezek there and fought him. They smashed the Canaanites and the Perizzites.H4672H137H966H3898H5221H3669H6522 6My-Master-Bezek ran, but they gave chase and caught him. They cut off his thumbs and big toes.H137H5127H7291H310H270H7112H931H3027H7272 7My-Master-Bezek said, "Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off used to crawl under my table, scavenging. Now God has done to me what I did to them." They brought him to Jerusalem and he died there.H137H559H7657H4428H931H3027H7272H7112H3950H7979H6213H430H7999H935H3389H4191 8The people of Judah attacked and captured Jerusalem, subduing the city by sword and then sending it up in flames.H1121H3063H3898H3389H3920H5221H6310H2719H7971H5892H784 9After that they had gone down to fight the Canaanites who were living in the hill country, the Negev, and the foothills.H310H1121H3063H3381H3898H3669H3427H2022H5045H8219 10Judah had gone on to the Canaanites who lived in Hebron (Hebron used to be called Kiriath Arba) and brought Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai to their knees.H3063H3212H3669H3427H2275H8034H2275H6440H7153H5221H8344H289H8526 11From there they had marched against the population of Debir (Debir used to be called Kiriath Sepher).H3212H3427H1688H8034H1688H6440H7158 12Caleb had said, "Whoever attacks Kiriath Sepher and takes it, I'll give my daughter Acsah to him as his wife."H3612H559H5221H7158H3920H5414H5915H1323H802 13Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb's brother, took it, so Caleb gave him his daughter Acsah as his wife.H6274H1121H7073H3612H6996H251H3920H5414H5915H1323H802 14When she arrived she got him to ask for farm land from her father. As she dismounted from her donkey Caleb asked her, "What would you like?"H935H5496H7592H1H7704H6795H2543H3612H559 15She said, "Give me a marriage gift. You've given me desert land; Now give me pools of water!" And he gave her the upper and the lower pools.H559H3051H1293H5414H5045H776H5414H1543H4325H3612H5414H5942H1543H8482H1543 16The people of Hobab the Kenite, Moses' relative, went up with the people of Judah from the City of Palms to the wilderness of Judah at the descent of Arad. They settled down there with the Amalekites.H1121H7017H4872H2859H5927H5892H8558H5899H1121H3063H4057H3063H5045H6166H3212H3427H854H5971 17The people of Judah went with their kin the Simeonites and struck the Canaanites who lived in Zephath. They carried out the holy curse and named the city Curse-town.H3063H3212H8095H251H5221H3669H3427H6857H2763H8034H5892H7121H2767 18But Judah didn't manage to capture Gaza, Ashkelon, and Ekron with their territories.H3063H3920H5804H1366H831H1366H6138H1366 19GOD was certainly with Judah in that they took over the hill country. But they couldn't oust the people on the plain because they had iron chariots.H3068H3063H3423H2022H3808H3423H3427H6010H7393H1270 20They gave Hebron to Caleb, as Moses had directed. Caleb drove out the three sons of Anak.H5414H2275H3612H4872H1696H3423H7969H1121H6061 21But the people of Benjamin couldn't get rid of the Jebusites living in Jerusalem. Benjaminites and Jebusites live side by side in Jerusalem to this day.H1121H1144H3423H2983H3427H3389H2983H3427H1121H1144H3389H3117 22The house of Joseph went up to attack Bethel. GOD was with them.H1004H3130H5927H1008H3068 23Joseph sent out spies to look the place over. Bethel used to be known as Luz.H1004H3130H8446H1008H8034H5892H6440H3870 24The spies saw a man leaving the city and said to him, "Show us a way into the city and we'll treat you well."H8104H7200H376H3318H5892H559H7200H3996H5892H6213H2617 25The man showed them a way in. They killed everyone in the city but the man and his family.H7200H3996H5892H5221H5892H6310H2719H7971H376H4940 26The man went to Hittite country and built a city. He named it Luz; that's its name to this day.H376H3212H776H2850H1129H5892H7121H8034H3870H8034H3117 27But Manasseh never managed to drive out Beth Shan, Taanach, Dor, Ibleam, and Megiddo with their territories. The Canaanites dug in their heels and wouldn't budge.H4519H3423H1052H1323H8590H1323H3427H1756H1323H3427H2991H1323H3427H4023H1323H3669H2974H3427H776 28When Israel became stronger they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but they never got rid of them.H3478H2388H7760H3669H4522H3423H3423 29Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer. The Canaanites stuck it out and lived there with them.H669H3423H3669H3427H1507H3669H3427H1507H7130 30Nor did Zebulun drive out the Canaanites in Kitron or Nahalol. They kept living there, but they were put to forced labor.H2074H3423H3427H7003H3427H5096H3669H3427H7130H4522 31Nor did Asher drive out the people of Acco, Sidon, Ahlab, Aczib, Helbah, Aphek, and Rehob.H836H3423H3427H5910H3427H6721H303H392H2462H663H7340 32Asher went ahead and settled down with the Canaanites since they could not get rid of them.H843H3427H7130H3669H3427H776H3423 33Naphtali fared no better. They couldn't drive out the people of Beth Shemesh or Beth Anath so they just moved in and lived with them. They did, though, put them to forced labor.H5321H3423H3427H1053H3427H1043H3427H7130H3669H3427H776H3427H1053H1043H4522 34The Amorites pushed the people of Dan up into the hills and wouldn't let them down on the plains.H567H3905H1121H1835H2022H5414H3381H6010 35The Amorites stubbornly continued to live in Mount Heres, Aijalon, and Shaalbim. But when the house of Joseph got the upper hand, they were put to forced labor.H567H2974H3427H2022H2776H357H8169H3027H1004H3130H3513H4522 36The Amorite border extended from Scorpions' Pass and Sela upward.H1366H567H4608H4610H5553H4605


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