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Judges 1
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The Capture of Jerusalem

1Sometime after Joshua had died, the Israelites asked the Lord, "Who is to lead us against the Canaanites in our opening attack against them?"H310H4194H3091H1121H3478H7592H3068H559H5927H3669H8462H3898 2The Lord replied, "The tribe of Judah is to lead you. Look! I've given the land into their control."H3068H559H3063H5927H5414H776H3027 3But the tribe of Judah said to the tribe of Simeon, the descendants of Judah's brother, "Come with us into our territory, and we'll both fight the Canaanites. In return, we'll go with you when you fight in your territory." So the army of the tribe of Simeon accompanied the army of the tribe of Judah.H3063H559H8095H251H5927H1486H3898H3669H1980H1486H8095H3212 4When the army of the tribe of Judah went into battle, the Lord gave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their control, and they defeated 10,000 men at Bezek.H3063H5927H3068H5414H3669H6522H3027H5221H966H6235H505H376 5They located Adoni-bezek in Bezek, fought him, and defeated the Canaanites and the Perizzites.H4672H137H966H3898H5221H3669H6522 6Adoni-bezek ran off, but they pursued him, caught him, and amputated his thumbs and big toes.H137H5127H7291H310H270H7112H931H3027H7272 7Adoni-bezek used to brag, "Seventy kings without thumbs and big toes used to eat what was left under my table. God has repaid me for what I've done." They brought him to Jerusalem, and he later died there.H137H559H7657H4428H931H3027H7272H7112H3950H7979H6213H430H7999H935H3389H4191 8Then the army of Judah attacked Jerusalem, captured it, executed its inhabitants, and set fire to the city.H1121H3063H3898H3389H3920H5221H6310H2719H7971H5892H784 9Later, the army of Judah left Jerusalem to attack the Canaanites who lived in the hill country, the Negev, and the Shephelah.H310H1121H3063H3381H3898H3669H3427H2022H5045H8219 10They attacked the Canaanites who inhabited Hebron (formerly known as Kiriath-arba) and fought Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai.H3063H3212H3669H3427H2275H8034H2275H6440H7153H5221H8344H289H8526

The Capture of Debir

11The army of Judah then proceeded to attack the inhabitants of Debir, which used to be known as Kiriath-sepher.H3212H3427H1688H8034H1688H6440H7158 12Caleb announced, "I'll give my daughter Achsah in marriage to whomever leads the attack against Kiriath-sepher and captures it."H3612H559H5221H7158H3920H5414H5915H1323H802 13Othniel, Caleb's nephew through his younger brother Kenaz, captured the city, so Caleb awarded him his daughter Achsah in marriage.H6274H1121H7073H3612H6996H251H3920H5414H5915H1323H802 14Later on, after she had arrived, she urged Othniel to ask her father for a field. As she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, "What do you want for yourself?"H935H5496H7592H1H7704H6795H2543H3612H559 15"I want this blessing from you," she replied. "Since you've given me land in the Negev, give me water springs, too." So Caleb gave her both the upper and lower springs.H559H3051H1293H5414H5045H776H5414H1543H4325H3612H5414H5942H1543H8482H1543

The Capture of Certain Southern Territories

16The descendants of the Kenites, the tribe from which Moses' father-in-law came, accompanied the descendants of Judah from the city of the palms to the Judean wilderness, which is in the desert area south of Arad, and lived with the people there.H1121H7017H4872H2859H5927H5892H8558H5899H1121H3063H4057H3063H5045H6166H3212H3427H854H5971 17The army of Judah accompanied the army of Simeon, Judah's brother, as they attacked the Canaanites who were living in Zephath, and they completely destroyed it. Then they renamed the city Hormah.H3063H3212H8095H251H5221H3669H3427H6857H2763H8034H5892H7121H2767 18The army of Judah captured Gaza and its territory, Ashkelon and its territory, and Ekron and its territory.H3063H3920H5804H1366H831H1366H6138H1366 19The Lord was with the army of Judah, and they captured the hill country, but did not expel the inhabitants of the valley because they were equipped with iron chariots.H3068H3063H3423H2022H3808H3423H3427H6010H7393H1270

Hebron Awarded to Caleb

20They gave Hebron to Caleb, just as Moses had promised, and he drove out the three sons of Anak from there.H5414H2275H3612H4872H1696H3423H7969H1121H6061 21However, the Benjaminites did not expel the Jebusites who lived in Jerusalem, so the Jebusites have lived with the Benjaminites in Jerusalem to this day.H1121H1144H3423H2983H3427H3389H2983H3427H1121H1144H3389H3117

The Capture of Bethel

22Then the army of the tribe of Joseph attacked Bethel, and the Lord was with them.H1004H3130H5927H1008H3068 23The army of the tribe of Joseph scouted out Bethel, which had been formerly named Luz.H1004H3130H8446H1008H8034H5892H6440H3870 24The scouts observed a man coming out of the city and they promised him, "Please show us the entrance to the city and we'll deal kindly with you."H8104H7200H376H3318H5892H559H7200H3996H5892H6213H2617 25So he showed them the entrance to the city, and they attacked the city with swords, but they let the man and his entire family escape.H7200H3996H5892H5221H5892H6310H2719H7971H376H4940 26So the man traveled to the land of the Hittites and built a city that he named "Luz," and it is called by that name to this day.H376H3212H776H2850H1129H5892H7121H8034H3870H8034H3117

Unconquered Territories

27The army of the tribe of Manasseh did not conquer Beth-shean and its villages, Taanach and its villages, the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, the inhabitants of Ibleam and its villages, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and its villages. Instead, the Canaanites continued to live in that land.H4519H3423H1052H1323H8590H1323H3427H1756H1323H3427H2991H1323H3427H4023H1323H3669H2974H3427H776 28When Israel had grown strong, they subjected the Canaanites to conscripted labor and never did expel them completely.H3478H2388H7760H3669H4522H3423H3423 29The army of the tribe of Ephraim did not expel the Canaanites who were living in Gezer, so the Canaanites lived in Gezer among them.H669H3423H3669H3427H1507H3669H3427H1507H7130 30The army of the tribe of Zebulun did not expel the inhabitants of Kitron or the inhabitants of Nahalol, so the Canaanites lived among them, but were subjected to conscripted labor.H2074H3423H3427H7003H3427H5096H3669H3427H7130H4522 31The army of the tribe of Asher did not expel the inhabitants of Acco nor the inhabitants of Sidon, Ahlab, Achzib, Helbah, Aphik, or Rehob.H836H3423H3427H5910H3427H6721H303H392H2462H663H7340 32So the Asherites lived among the Canaanites who continued to inhabit the land, because they did not expel them.H843H3427H7130H3669H3427H776H3423 33The army of the tribe of Naphtali did not expel the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh and the inhabitants of Beth-anath. Instead, they lived among the Canaanites who inhabited the land. However, the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh and Beth-anath were subjected to conscripted labor.H5321H3423H3427H1053H3427H1043H3427H7130H3669H3427H776H3427H1053H1043H4522 34Later on, the Amorites forced the Danites into the hill country and did not permit them to come into the valleys of the hills.H567H3905H1121H1835H2022H5414H3381H6010 35Furthermore, the Amorites continued to inhabit Mount Heres in Aijalon and Shaalbim. Eventually, however, after the tribe of Joseph had become strong, the Amorites were subjected to conscripted labor.H567H2974H3427H2022H2776H357H8169H3027H1004H3130H3513H4522 36The Amorite border extended upward from the Akrabbim Ascent, that is, from Sela.135H1366H567H4608H4610H5553H4605


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