Judges 1:1
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New International Version
After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the LORD, "Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?"

New Living Translation
After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the LORD, "Which tribe should go first to attack the Canaanites?"

English Standard Version
After the death of Joshua, the people of Israel inquired of the LORD, “Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?”

New American Standard Bible
Now it came about after the death of Joshua that the sons of Israel inquired of the LORD, saying, "Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?"

King James Bible
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?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After the death of Joshua, the Israelites inquired of the LORD, "Who will be the first to fight for us against the Canaanites?"

International Standard Version
Sometime after Joshua had died, the Israelis asked the LORD, "Who is to lead us against the Canaanites in our opening attack against them?"

NET Bible
After Joshua died, the Israelites asked the LORD, "Who should lead the invasion against the Canaanites and launch the attack?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After Joshua's death the Israelites asked the LORD, "Who will go first to fight the Canaanites for us?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
AND IT came to pass after the death of Joshua, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying: 'Who shall go up for us first against the Canaanites, to fight against them?'

New American Standard 1977
Now it came about after the death of Joshua that the sons of Israel inquired of the LORD, saying, “Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now after the death of Joshua, it came to pass that the sons of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first to fight against them?

King James 2000 Bible
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?

American King James Version
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?

American Standard Version
And it came to pass after the death of Joshua, that the children of Israel asked of Jehovah, saying, Who shall go up for us first against the Canaanites, to fight against them?

Douay-Rheims Bible
After the death of Josue the children of Israel consulted the Lord, saying: Who shall go up before us against the Chanaanite, and shall be the leader of the war?

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass after the death of Joshua that the children of Israel asked Jehovah, saying, Which of us shall go up against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?

English Revised Version
And it came to pass after the death of Joshua, that the children of Israel asked of the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us first against the Canaanites, to fight against them?

Webster's Bible Translation
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?

World English Bible
It happened after the death of Joshua, the children of Israel asked of Yahweh, saying, "Who should go up for us first against the Canaanites, to fight against them?"

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass, after the death of Joshua, that the sons of Israel ask at Jehovah, saying, 'Who doth go up for us unto the Canaanite, at the commencement, to fight against it?'
Study Bible
War against Remaining Canaanites
1Now it came about after the death of Joshua that the sons of Israel inquired of the LORD, saying, "Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?" 2The LORD said, "Judah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand."…
Word Study

Now after
'achar  (akh-ar')
the hind part; generally used as an adverb or conjunction, after (in various senses)

the death
maveth  (maw'-veth)
death (natural or violent); concretely, the dead, their place or state (hades); figuratively, pestilence, ruin -- (be) dead(-ly), death, die(-d).

of Joshua
Yhowshuwa`  (yeh-ho-shoo'-ah)
Jehovah-saved; Jehoshua (i.e. Joshua), the Jewish leader -- Jehoshua, Jehoshuah, Joshua.

it came to pass that the children
ben  (bane)
a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc.

of Israel
Yisra'el  (yis-raw-ale')
he will rule as God; Jisrael, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity: --Israel.

asked
sha'al  (shaw-al')
to inquire; by implication, to request; by extension, to demand

the LORD
Yhovah  (yeh-ho-vaw')
(the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God -- Jehovah, the Lord.

saying
'amar  (aw-mar')
to say (used with great latitude)

Who shall go up
`alah  (aw-law')
to ascend, intransitively (be high) or actively (mount); used in a great variety of senses, primary and secondary, literal and figurative (as follow)

for us against the Canaanites
Kna`aniy  (ken-ah-an-ee')
a Kenaanite or inhabitant of Kenaan; by implication, a pedlar (the Canaanites standing for their neighbors the Ishmaelites, who conducted mercantile caravans) -- Canaanite, merchant, trafficker.

first
tchillah  (tekh-il-law')
a commencement; rel. original (adverb, -ly) -- begin(-ning), first (time).

to fight
lacham  (law-kham')
to feed on; figuratively, to consume; by implication, to battle (as destruction) -- devour, eat, ever, fight(-ing), overcome, prevail, (make) war(-ring).

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:1-8 The Israelites were convinced that the war against the Canaanites was to be continued; but they were in doubt as to the manner in which it was to be carried on after the death of Joshua. In these respects they inquired of the Lord. God appoints service according to the strength he has given. From those who are most able, most work is expected. Judah was first in dignity, and must be first in duty. Judah's service will not avail unless God give success; but God will not give the success, unless Judah applies to the service. Judah was the most considerable of all the tribes, and Simeon the least; yet Judah begs Simeon's friendship, and prays for aid from him. It becomes Israelites to help one another against Canaanites; and all Christians, even those of different tribes, should strengthen one another. Those who thus help one another in love, have reason to hope that God will graciously help both. Adoni-bezek was taken prisoner. This prince had been a severe tyrant. The Israelites, doubtless under the Divine direction, made him suffer what he had done to others; and his own conscience confessed that he was justly treated as he had treated others. Thus the righteous God sometimes, in his providence, makes the punishment answer the sin.
Cross References
Numbers 27:21
"Moreover, he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the judgment of the Urim before the LORD. At his command they shall go out and at his command they shall come in, both he and the sons of Israel with him, even all the congregation."

Judges 1:27
But 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 the Canaanites persisted in living in that land.

Judges 2:21
I also will no longer drive out before them any of the nations which Joshua left when he died,

Judges 3:1
Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to test Israel by them (that is, all who had not experienced any of the wars of Canaan;
Treasury of Scripture

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?

Judges 1:1 Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children …

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Joshua 24:29,30 And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, …

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Judges 20:18,28 And the children of Israel arose, and went up to the house of God, …

Exodus 28:30 And you shall put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the …

Numbers 27:21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel …

1 Samuel 22:9,10 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over the servants of …

1 Samuel 23:9,10 And David knew that Saul secretly practiced mischief against him; …

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