Judges 1
The Scriptures (ISR 1998)

1And it came to be, after the death of Yehoshua, that the children of Yisra’ĕl asked יהוה, saying, “Who of us should go up first against the Kena‛anites to fight against them?”

2And יהוה said, “Yehuḏah does go up. See, I have given the land into his hand.”

3And Yehuḏah said to Shim‛on his brother, “Come up with me into my allotment, and let us fight against the Kena‛anites. And I myself shall also go with you into your allotment.” So Shim‛on went with him.

4And Yehuḏah went up, and יהוה gave the Kena‛anites and the Perizzites into their hand. And they smote ten thousand men at Bezeq.

5And they found Aḏoni-Ḇezeq in Bezeq, and fought against him, and smote the Kena‛anites and the Perizzites.

6But Aḏoni-Ḇezeq fled, and they pursued him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and big toes.

7And Aḏoni-Ḇezeq said, “Seventy sovereigns with their thumbs and big toes cut off used to gather food under my table. As I have done, so Elohim has repaid me.” And they brought him to Yerushalayim, and he died there.

8And the children of Yehuḏah fought against Yerushalayim and captured it, and smote it with the edge of the sword and set the city on fire.

9And afterward the children of Yehuḏah went down to fight against the Kena‛anites who dwelt in the mountains, in the South, and in the low country.

10And Yehuḏah went against the Kena‛anites who dwelt in Ḥeḇron – now the name of Ḥeḇron was formerly Qiryath Arba – and they smote Shĕshai, and Aḥiman, and Talmai.

11And from there they went against the inhabitants of Deḇir – now the name of Deḇir was formerly Qiryath Sĕpher.

12And Kalĕḇ said, “He who smites Qiryath Sĕpher, and shall capture it, to him I shall give my daughter Aḵsah as wife.”

13And Othni’ĕl son of Qenaz, Kalĕḇ’s younger brother, captured it. And he gave him his daughter Aḵsah as wife.

14And it came to be, when she came in, that she urged him to ask her father for a field. And when she got off from her donkey, Kalĕḇ said to her, “What is the matter?”

15And she said to him, “Give me a blessing. Since you have given me land in the South, give me also springs of water.” So Kalĕḇ gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.

16And the children of the Qĕynite, father-in-law of Mosheh, went up from the city of palms with the children of Yehuḏah into the Wilderness of Yehuḏah, which is in the Neg̅eḇ of Araḏ. And they went and dwelt among the people.

17And Yehuḏah went with Shim‛on his brother, and they smote the Kena‛anites who inhabited Tsephath, and put it under the ban. So the name of the city was called Ḥormah.

18And Yehuḏah captured Azzah and its border, and Ashqelon and its border, and Eqron and its border.

19And יהוה was with Yehuḏah, so they took possession of the mountains, but they were unable to drive out the inhabitants of the plain, because they had chariots of iron.

20And they gave Ḥeḇron to Kalĕḇ, as Mosheh had said, and he drove out from there the three sons of Anaq.

21However, the children of Binyamin did not drive out the Yeḇusites who inhabited Yerushalayim, so the Yeḇusites have dwelt with the children of Binyamin in Yerushalayim to this day.

22And the house of Yosĕph also went up against Bĕyth Ěl, and יהוה was with them.

23And the house of Yosĕph sent men to spy out Bĕyth Ěl – now the name of the city was formerly Luz.

24And the watchmen saw a man coming out of the city, and they said to him, “Please show us the entrance to the city, and we shall show you kindness.”

25So he showed them the entrance to the city, and they smote the city with the edge of the sword. But the man and all his clan they let go,

26and the man went to the land of the Ḥittites and built a city, and called its name Luz, which is its name to this day.

27And Menashsheh did not dispossess Bĕyth She’an and its villages, nor Ta‛anaḵ and its villages, nor the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, nor the inhabitants of Yiḇle‛am and its villages, nor the inhabitants of Meg̅iddo and its villages, for the Kena‛anites desired to dwell in that land.

28And it came to be, when Yisra’ĕl was strong, that they put the Kena‛anites into compulsory labour, but did not completely drive them out.

29Neither did Ephrayim drive out the Kena‛anites who dwelt in Gezer, so the Kena‛anites dwelt in their midst, in Gezer.

30Neither did Zeḇulun drive out the inhabitants of Qitron or the inhabitants of Nahalol, so the Kena‛anites dwelt in their midst, and became compulsory labour.

31Neither did Ashĕr drive out the inhabitants of Akko nor the inhabitants of Tsiḏon, nor of Aḥlaḇ, nor of Aḵziḇ, nor of Ḥelbah, nor of Aphiq, nor of Reḥoḇ.

32So the Ashĕrites dwelt in the midst of the Kena‛anites, the inhabitants of the land, because they did not drive them out.

33Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Bĕyth Shemesh nor the inhabitants of Bĕyth Anath, but they dwelt among the Kena‛anites, the inhabitants of the land. And the inhabitants of Bĕyth Shemesh and of Bĕyth Anath became compulsory labour for them.

34And the Amorites pressed the children of Dan into the mountains, for they would not allow them to come down to the valley,

35and the Amorites desired to dwell in Mount Ḥeres, in Ayalon, and in Sha‛alḇim. But when the hand of the house of Yosĕph became stronger, they became compulsory labour.

36And the border of the Amorites was from the Ascent of Aqrabbim, from Sela, and upward.

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