NASB — Judges 1 — KJV

Jerusalem Is Captured

1 Now it came about after the death of Joshua that the sons of Israel ainquired of the LORD, saying, “Who shall go up first for us bagainst the Canaanites, to fight against them?” 2 The LORD said, “aJudah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand.” 3 Then Judah said to Simeon his brother, “Come up with me into Ithe territory allotted me, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and III in turn will go with you into IIIthe territory allotted you.” So Simeon went with him. 4 Judah went up, and athe LORD gave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hands, and they Idefeated ten thousand men at Bezek. 5 They found Adoni-bezek in Bezek and fought against him, and they Idefeated the Canaanites and the Perizzites. 6 But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued him and caught him and cut off his Ithumbs and big toes. 7 Adoni-bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and their big toes cut off used to gather up [scraps] under my table; aas I have done, so God has repaid me.” So they brought him to Jerusalem and he died there.

[1] aNu 27:21 bJg 1:27; 2:21-23; 3:1-6
[2] aGn 49:8
[3] ILit my lot IILit I, even I IIILit your lot
[4] ILit smote them aPs 44:2; 78:55
[5] ILit smote
[6] ILit thumbs of his hands and his feet
[7] aLv 24:19

8 ¶ Then the sons of Judah fought against aJerusalem and captured it and struck it with the edge of the sword and set the city on fire. 9 Afterward the sons of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites living in the hill country and in the INegev and in the lowland. 10 aSo Judah went against the Canaanites who lived in Hebron (now the name of Hebron formerly [was] Kiriath-arba); and they struck Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai.

[8] aJsh 15:63; Jg 1:21
[9] II.e. South country
[10] aJsh 15:13-19

Capture of Other Cities

11 ¶ Then afrom there he went against the inhabitants of Debir (now the name of Debir formerly [was] Kiriath-sepher). 12 And Caleb said, “The one who attacks Kiriath-sepher and captures it, I will even give him my daughter Achsah for a wife.” 13 aOthniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, captured it; so he gave him his daughter Achsah for a wife. 14 Then ait came about when she came [to him], that she persuaded him to ask her father for a field. Then she alighted from Iher donkey, and Caleb said to her, “What IIdo you want?” 15 She said to him, “Give me a blessing, since you have given me the land of the INegev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.

[11] aJsh 15:15
[13] aJg 3:9
[14] ILit the IILit for yourself aJsh 15:18
[15] II.e. South country

16 ¶ The Idescendants of athe Kenite, Moses’ father-in-law, went up from the bcity of palms with the sons of Judah, to the wilderness of Judah which is in the south of cArad; and they went and lived with the people. 17 Then Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they struck the Canaanites living in Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. So the name of the city was called aHormah. 18 And Judah took aGaza with its territory and Ashkelon with its territory and Ekron with its territory. 19 Now the LORD was with Judah, and they took possession of the hill country; but they could not Idrive out the inhabitants of the valley because they had airon chariots. 20 Then they gave Hebron to Caleb, aas Moses had Ipromised; and he drove out from there bthe three sons of Anak. 21 aBut the sons of Benjamin did not drive out the bJebusites who lived in Jerusalem; so the Jebusites have lived with the sons of Benjamin in Jerusalem to this day.

[16] ILit sons aNu 10:29-32; Jg 4:11 bDt 34:3; Jg 3:13 cNu 21:1
[17] aNu 21:3
[18] aJsh 11:22
[19] IOr dispossess aJsh 17:16; Jg 4:3, 13
[20] ILit spoken aJsh 14:9 bJsh 15:14; Jg 1:10
[21] aJsh 15:63; Jg 1:8 b1Ch 11:4

22 ¶ Likewise the house of Joseph went up against Bethel, and the LORD was with them. 23 The house of Joseph spied out Bethel (anow the name of the city was formerly Luz). 24 The spies saw a man coming out of the city and they said to him, “Please show us the entrance to the city and awe will treat you kindly.” 25 So he showed them the entrance to the city, and they struck the city with the edge of the sword, abut they let the man and all his family go free. 26 The man went into the land of the Hittites and built a city and named it Luz Iwhich is its name to this day.

[23] aGn 28:19
[24] aJsh 2:12
[25] aJsh 6:25
[26] ILit it

Places Not Conquered

27aBut Manasseh did not take possession of Beth-shean and its villages, or Taanach and its villages, or the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, or the inhabitants of Ibleam and its villages, or the inhabitants of Megiddo and its villages; so bthe Canaanites persisted in living in that land. 28 It came about when Israel became strong, that they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but they did not drive them out completely.

[27] aJsh 17:12 bJg 1:1

29aEphraim did not drive out the Canaanites who were living in Gezer; so the Canaanites lived in Gezer among them.

[29] aJsh 16:10

30 ¶ Zebulun did not drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, or the inhabitants of INahalol; so the Canaanites lived among them and became subject to forced labor.

[30] IPerhaps same as Nahalal

31 ¶ Asher did not drive out the inhabitants of Acco, or the inhabitants of Sidon, or of Ahlab, or of Achzib, or of Helbah, or of Aphik, or of Rehob. 32 So the Asherites lived among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land; for they did not drive them out.

33 ¶ Naphtali did not drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh, or the inhabitants of Beth-anath, but lived among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land; and the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh and Beth-anath became forced labor for them.

34 ¶ Then the Amorites Iforced the sons of Dan into the hill country, for they did not allow them to come down to the valley; 35 yet the Amorites persisted in Iliving in Mount Heres, in Aijalon and in Shaalbim; but when the IIpower of the house of Joseph IIIgrew strong, they became forced labor. 36 The border of the Amorites ran from the aascent of Akrabbim, from Sela and upward.

[34] ILit pressed
[35] ILit dwelling IILit hand IIILit was heavy
[36] aJsh 15:3


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The acts of Judah and Simeon.

1 ¶ Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them? 2 And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand. 3 And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, Come up with me into my lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with thee into thy lot. So Simeon went with him. 4 And Judah went up; and the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men.

[1] Ex 28:30; Nu 27:21; Jsh 24:29; Jg 20:18, 28; 1S 22:9; 23:9.
[2] Gn 49:8; Nu 2:3; 7:12; Ps 78:68; He 7:14; Rv 5:5; 19:11.
[3] Gn 29:33; Jsh 19:1; Jg 1:17; 2S 10:11.
[4] Ex 23:28; Dt 7:2; 9:3; Jsh 10:8; 11:6; 1S 11:8; 14:6, 10; 17:46; 1K 22:6, 15.

Adoni-bezek justly requited.

5 And they found Adonibezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites. 6 But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes. 7 And Adonibezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered [their meat] under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.

[7] Ex 21:23; Lv 24:19; 1S 15:33; Is 33:1; Mt 7:1; Lk 6:37; Ro 2:15; Jm 2:13; Rv 13:10; 16:6.

Jerusalem taken.

8 Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire.

[8] Jsh 15:63; Jg 1:21.

9 ¶ And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites, that dwelt in the mountain, and in the south, and in the valley.

[9] Jsh 10:36; 11:21; 15:13.

Hebron taken.

10 And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron: (now the name of Hebron before [was] Kirjatharba:) and they slew Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai. 11 And from thence he went against the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir before [was] Kirjathsepher: 12 And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjathsepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife.

[10] Nu 13:22, 33; Jsh 14:15; 15:13; Jg 1:20; Ps 33:16; Ec 9:11; Jr 9:23.
[11] Jsh 10:38; 15:15.
[12] Jsh 15:13, 16; 1S 17:25; 18:23.

Othniel hath Achsah to wife for taking of Debir.

13 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife. 14 And it came to pass, when she came [to him], that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted from off [her] ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou? 15 And she said unto him, Give me a blessing: for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the nether springs.

[13] Jg 3:9.
[14] Jsh 15:18.
[15] Gn 33:11; 1S 25:18, 27; 2Co 9:5; He 6:7; 1P 3:9.

The Kenites dwell in Judah.

16 ¶ And the children of the Kenite, Moses' father in law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which [lieth] in the south of Arad; and they went and dwelt among the people.

[16] Ex 3:1; 4:18; 18:1, 7, 12, 14, 27; Nu 10:29; 21:1; 24:21; Dt 34:3; Jsh 12:14; Jg 3:13; 4:11, 17; 1S 15:6; 1Ch 2:15; 2Ch 28:16; Jr 35:2.

Hormah, Gaza, Ashkelon, and Ekron taken.

17 And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they slew the Canaanites that inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. And the name of the city was called Hormah. 18 Also Judah took Gaza with the coast thereof, and Askelon with the coast thereof, and Ekron with the coast thereof. 19 And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out [the inhabitants of] the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron. 20 And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, as Moses said: and he expelled thence the three sons of Anak.

[17] Nu 14:45; 21:3; Jsh 19:4; Jg 1:3; 2Ch 14:10.
[18] Ex 23:31; Jsh 11:22; 13:3; 15:45; Jg 3:3; 16:1, 21; 1S 6:17.
[19] Gn 39:2, 21; Ex 14:7; Jsh 1:5, 9; 7:12; 11:1; 14:12; 17:16; Jg 1:2, 27; 6:12; 2S 5:10; 2K 18:7; Ps 46:7, 9, 11; 60:12; Ec 9:11; Is 7:14; 8:10; 41:10, 14; Mt 1:23; 14:30; 17:19; Ro 8:31; Php 4:13.
[20] Nu 13:22; 14:24; Dt 1:36; Jsh 14:9; 15:13; 21:11; Jg 1:10.

The acts of Benjamin.

21 And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.

[21] Jsh 15:63; 18:11; Jg 19:10; 2S 5:6.

Of the house of Joseph, who take Beth-el.

22 ¶ And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Bethel: and the LORD [was] with them. 23 And the house of Joseph sent to descry Bethel. (Now the name of the city before [was] Luz.) 24 And the spies saw a man come forth out of the city, and they said unto him, Shew us, we pray thee, the entrance into the city, and we will shew thee mercy. 25 And when he shewed them the entrance into the city, they smote the city with the edge of the sword; but they let go the man and all his family. 26 And the man went into the land of the Hittites, and built a city, and called the name thereof Luz: which [is] the name thereof unto this day.

[22] Gn 49:24; Nu 1:10, 32; Jsh 14:4; 16:1; Jg 1:19; 2K 18:7; 1Ch 7:29; Rv 7:8.
[23] Gn 28:19; 35:6; 48:3; Jsh 2:1; 7:2; Jg 18:2.
[24] Jsh 2:12; 1S 30:15.
[25] Jsh 6:22.
[26] 2K 7:6; 2Ch 1:17.

27 ¶ Neither did Manasseh drive out [the inhabitants of] Bethshean and her towns, nor Taanach and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns: but the Canaanites would dwell in that land. 28 And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute, and did not utterly drive them out.

[27] Ex 23:32; Dt 7:2; Jsh 17:11; 21:25; Jg 5:19; 1S 15:9; Ps 106:34; Jr 48:10.

29 ¶ Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.

[29] Jsh 16:10; 1K 9:16.

Of Zebulun.

30 ¶ Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants of Nahalol; but the Canaanites dwelt among them, and became tributaries.

[30] Jsh 19:15.

Of Asher.

31 ¶ Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob: 32 But the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: for they did not drive them out.

[31] Jsh 19:24.
[32] Ps 106:34.

Of Naphtali.

33 ¶ Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Bethshemesh, nor the inhabitants of Bethanath; but he dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: nevertheless the inhabitants of Bethshemesh and of Bethanath became tributaries unto them.

[33] Jsh 19:32; Jg 1:30, 32, 35; Ps 18:24.

Of Dan.

34 And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain: for they would not suffer them to come down to the valley: 35 But the Amorites would dwell in mount Heres in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim: yet the hand of the house of Joseph prevailed, so that they became tributaries. 36 And the coast of the Amorites [was] from the going up to Akrabbim, from the rock, and upward.

[34] Jsh 19:47; Jg 18:1.
[35] Jsh 10:12; 19:42; Jg 12:12; 1K 4:9.
[36] Nu 34:4; Jsh 15:2.


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