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Judges 1 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Israel Fights the Remaining Canaanites

(Jos 15:13–19 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:1 - After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the LORD, “Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:2 - The LORD answered, “Judah shall go up; I have given the land into their hands.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:3 - The men of Judah then said to the Simeonites their fellow Israelites, “Come up with us into the territory allotted to us, to fight against the Canaanites. We in turn will go with you into yours.” So the Simeonites went with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:4 - When Judah attacked, the LORD gave the Canaanites and Perizzites into their hands, and they struck down ten thousand men at Bezek.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:5 - It was there that they found Adoni-Bezek and fought against him, putting to rout the Canaanites and Perizzites.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:6 - Adoni-Bezek fled, but they chased him and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:7 - Then Adoni-Bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps under my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them.” They brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:8 - The men of Judah attacked Jerusalem also and took it. They put the city to the sword and set it on fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:9 - After that, Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites living in the hill country, the Negev and the western foothills.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:10 - They advanced against the Canaanites living in Hebron (formerly called Kiriath Arba) and defeated Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:11 - From there they advanced against the people living in Debir (formerly called Kiriath Sepher).
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:12 - And Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Aksah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:13 - Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Aksah to him in marriage.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:14 - One day when she came to Othniel, she urged him[fn] to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:15 - She replied, “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:16 - The descendants of Moses’ father-in-law, the Kenite, went up from the City of Palms[fn] with the people of Judah to live among the inhabitants of the Desert of Judah in the Negev near Arad.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:17 - Then the men of Judah went with the Simeonites their fellow Israelites and attacked the Canaanites living in Zephath, and they totally destroyed[fn] the city. Therefore it was called Hormah.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:18 - Judah also took[fn] Gaza, Ashkelon and Ekron—each city with its territory.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:19 - The LORD was with the men of Judah. They took possession of the hill country, but they were unable to drive the people from the plains, because they had chariots fitted with iron.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:20 - As Moses had promised, Hebron was given to Caleb, who drove from it the three sons of Anak.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:21 - The Benjamites, however, did not drive out the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem; to this day the Jebusites live there with the Benjamites.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:22 - Now the tribes of Joseph attacked Bethel, and the LORD was with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:23 - When they sent men to spy out Bethel (formerly called Luz),
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:24 - the spies saw a man coming out of the city and they said to him, “Show us how to get into the city and we will see that you are treated well.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:25 - So he showed them, and they put the city to the sword but spared the man and his whole family.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:26 - He then went to the land of the Hittites, where he built a city and called it Luz, which is its name to this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:27 - But Manasseh did not drive out the people of Beth Shan or Taanach or Dor or Ibleam or Megiddo and their surrounding settlements, for the Canaanites were determined to live in that land.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:28 - When Israel became strong, they pressed the Canaanites into forced labor but never drove them out completely.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:29 - Nor did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites living in Gezer, but the Canaanites continued to live there among them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:30 - Neither did Zebulun drive out the Canaanites living in Kitron or Nahalol, so these Canaanites lived among them, but Zebulun did subject them to forced labor.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:31 - Nor did Asher drive out those living in Akko or Sidon or Ahlab or Akzib or Helbah or Aphek or Rehob.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:32 - The Asherites lived among the Canaanite inhabitants of the land because they did not drive them out.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:33 - Neither did Naphtali drive out those living in Beth Shemesh or Beth Anath; but the Naphtalites too lived among the Canaanite inhabitants of the land, and those living in Beth Shemesh and Beth Anath became forced laborers for them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:34 - The Amorites confined the Danites to the hill country, not allowing them to come down into the plain.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:35 - And the Amorites were determined also to hold out in Mount Heres, Aijalon and Shaalbim, but when the power of the tribes of Joseph increased, they too were pressed into forced labor.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 1:36 - The boundary of the Amorites was from Scorpion Pass to Sela and beyond.
NIV Footnotes
Hebrew; Septuagint and Vulgate Othniel, he urged her
That is, Jericho
The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the LORD, often by totally destroying them.
Hormah means destruction.
Hebrew; Septuagint Judah did not take

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