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Judges 1
Good News Translation

The Tribes of Judah and Simeon Capture Adonibezek

1After Joshua's death the people of Israel asked the LORD, "Which of our tribes should be the first to go and attack the Canaanites?"H310H4194H3091H1121H3478H7592H3068H559H5927H3669H8462H3898 2The LORD answered, "The tribe of Judah will go first. I am giving them control of the land."H3068H559H3063H5927H5414H776H3027 3The people of Judah said to the people of Simeon, "Go with us into the territory assigned to us, and we will fight the Canaanites together. Then we will go with you into the territory assigned to you." So the tribes of SimeonH3063H559H8095H251H5927H1486H3898H3669H1980H1486H8095H3212 4and Judah went into battle together. The LORD gave them victory over the Canaanites and the Perizzites, and they defeated ten thousand men at Bezek.H3063H5927H3068H5414H3669H6522H3027H5221H966H6235H505H376 5They found Adonibezek there and fought him.H4672H137H966H3898H5221H3669H6522 6He ran away, but they chased him, caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes.H137H5127H7291H310H270H7112H931H3027H7272 7Adonibezek said, "Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps under my table. God has now done to me what I did to them." He was taken to Jerusalem, where he died.H137H559H7657H4428H931H3027H7272H7112H3950H7979H6213H430H7999H935H3389H4191

The Tribe of Judah Conquers Jerusalem and Hebron

8The people of Judah attacked Jerusalem and captured it. They killed its people and set fire to the city.H1121H3063H3898H3389H3920H5221H6310H2719H7971H5892H784 9After this they went on to fight the Canaanites who lived in the hill country, in the foothills, and in the dry country to the south.H310H1121H3063H3381H3898H3669H3427H2022H5045H8219 10They marched against the Canaanites living in the city of Hebron, which used to be called Kiriath Arba. There they defeated the clans of Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai.H3063H3212H3669H3427H2275H8034H2275H6440H7153H5221H8344H289H8526

Othniel Conquers the City of Debir

11From there the men of Judah marched against the city of Debir, at that time called Kiriath Sepher.H3212H3427H1688H8034H1688H6440H7158 12One of them, called Caleb, said, "I will give my daughter Achsah in marriage to the man who succeeds in capturing Kiriath Sepher."H3612H559H5221H7158H3920H5414H5915H1323H802 13Othniel, the son of Caleb's younger brother Kenaz, captured the city, so Caleb gave him his daughter Achsah in marriage.H6274H1121H7073H3612H6996H251H3920H5414H5915H1323H802 14On the wedding day Othniel urged her to ask her father for a field. She got down from her donkey, and Caleb asked her what she wanted.H935H5496H7592H1H7704H6795H2543H3612H559 15She answered, "I want some water holes. The land you have given me is in the dry country." So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.H559H3051H1293H5414H5045H776H5414H1543H4325H3612H5414H5942H1543H8482H1543

The Victories of the Tribes of Judah and Benjamin

16The descendants of Moses' father-in-law, the Kenite, went on with the people of Judah from Jericho, the city of palm trees, into the barren country south of Arad in Judah. There they settled among the Amalekites.H1121H7017H4872H2859H5927H5892H8558H5899H1121H3063H4057H3063H5045H6166H3212H3427H854H5971 17The people of Judah went with the people of Simeon, and together they defeated the Canaanites who lived in the city of Zephath. They put a curse on the city, destroyed it, and named it Hormah.H3063H3212H8095H251H5221H3669H3427H6857H2763H8034H5892H7121H2767 18The LORD helped the people of Judah, and they took possession of the hill country. But they did not capture Gaza, Ashkelon, or Ekron, with their surrounding territories.H3063H3920H5804H1366H831H1366H6138H1366 19These people living along the coast had iron chariots, and so the people of Judah were not able to drive them out.H3068H3063H3423H2022H3808H3423H3427H6010H7393H1270 20As Moses had commanded, Hebron was given to Caleb, who drove out of the city the three clans descended from Anak.H5414H2275H3612H4872H1696H3423H7969H1121H6061 21But the people of the tribe of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites living in Jerusalem, and the Jebusites have continued to live there with the people of Benjamin ever since.H1121H1144H3423H2983H3427H3389H2983H3427H1121H1144H3389H3117

The Tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh Conquer Bethel

22The tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh went to attack the city of Bethel, at that time called Luz.H1004H3130H5927H1008H3068 23The LORD helped them. They sent spies to the city,H1004H3130H8446H1008H8034H5892H6440H3870 24who saw a man leaving and said to him, "Show us how to get into the city, and we won't hurt you."H8104H7200H376H3318H5892H559H7200H3996H5892H6213H2617 25So he showed them, and the people of Ephraim and Manasseh killed everyone in the city, except this man and his family.H7200H3996H5892H5221H5892H6310H2719H7971H376H4940 26He later went to the land of the Hittites, built a city there, and named it Luz, which is still its name.H376H3212H776H2850H1129H5892H7121H8034H3870H8034H3117

People Who Were Not Driven Out by the Israelites

27The tribe of Manasseh did not drive out the people living in the cities of Beth Shan, Taanach, Dor, Ibleam, Megiddo, and the nearby towns; the Canaanites continued to live there.H4519H3423H1052H1323H8590H1323H3427H1756H1323H3427H2991H1323H3427H4023H1323H3669H2974H3427H776 28When the Israelites became stronger, they forced the Canaanites to work for them, but still they did not drive them all out.H3478H2388H7760H3669H4522H3423H3423 29The tribe of Ephraim did not drive out the Canaanites living in the city of Gezer, and so the Canaanites continued to live there with them.H669H3423H3669H3427H1507H3669H3427H1507H7130 30The tribe of Zebulun did not drive out the people living in the cities of Kitron and Nahalal, and so the Canaanites continued to live there with them and were forced to work for them.H2074H3423H3427H7003H3427H5096H3669H3427H7130H4522 31The tribe of Asher did not drive out the people living in the cities of Acco, Sidon, Ahlab, Achzib, Helbah, Aphek, and Rehob.H836H3423H3427H5910H3427H6721H303H392H2462H663H7340 32The people of Asher lived with the local Canaanites, since they had not been driven out.H843H3427H7130H3669H3427H776H3423 33The tribe of Naphtali did not drive out the people living in the cities of Beth Shemesh and Bethanath. The people of Naphtali lived with the local Canaanites, but forced them to work for them.H5321H3423H3427H1053H3427H1043H3427H7130H3669H3427H776H3427H1053H1043H4522 34The Amorites forced the people of the tribe of Dan into the hill country and did not let them come down to the plain.H567H3905H1121H1835H2022H5414H3381H6010 35The Amorites continued to live at Aijalon, Shaalbim, and Mount Heres, but the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh kept them under their rule and forced them to work for them.H567H2974H3427H2022H2776H357H8169H3027H1004H3130H3513H4522 36North of Sela, the Edomite border ran through Akrabbim Pass.H1366H567H4608H4610H5553H4605


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