Judges 1

Thomson(i) 1 Now, after the decease of Joshua, the children of Israel inquired of the Lord, saying, Who shall go up for us as our leader against the Chananites, to conduct the war against them? 2 And the Lord said, Juda shall go up. Behold I have delivered the land into his hand. 3 Whereupon Juda said to his brother Symeon, Come up with me in my lot, and let us array ourselves against the Chananites, and I will go up with thee in thy lot. So Symeon went up with him. 4 And Juda went up, and the Lord delivered into their hands the Chananites, and the Pherezites, and they smote them in Bezek, to the number of ten thousand men. 5 When they came up with Adonibezek, in Bezek, they drew up in array against him, and smote the Chananites and the Pherezites. 6 And Adonibezek fled, and they pursued him, and took him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes. 7 Whereupon Adonibezek said, Seventy kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, have been under my table, gathering up the offals thereof; therefore as I have done, so hath God requited me: And they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there. 8 [Now the children of Juda had fought against Jerusalem, and taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and burned the city with fire; 9 And, after that, the children of Juda had gone down to wage war with the Chananites, who inhabited the hilly country, and the south, and the plain. 10 And when Juda went against the Chananites who dwelt in Chebron, [the name of which city formerly was Kariath-arbok-sepher,] Chebron came out against them; and they smote Sessi, and Achiman, and Tholmi, descendants of Enak, 11 and they went up thence against the inhabitants of Dabir, [now the name of Dabir formerly was Kariath-sepher [city of letters]] 12 and Chaleb said, whoever will smite the city of letters, and take it, I will give him my daughter Ascha for a wife; 13 whereupon Gothoniel, the younger son of Kenez, Chaleb's brother, took it, and Chaleb gave him his daughter Ascha for a wife, 14 and when she was going home to him, Gothoniel persuaded her to ask a field of her father: so she murmured, and with a loud voice said, as she was riding, Thou hast sent me away to the land of the south. And Chaleb said to her, What is the matter with thee? 15 And Ascha said to him, Give me, I beseech thee, a blessing. Since thou hast sent me away to the land of the south, thou shouldst therefore give me a portion of water. Thereupon Chaleb gave her according to her desire, a portion of high lands, and a portion of low grounds. 16 Now the children of Jothor, the Kenite, Moses' father in law, went up from the city of palm trees, with the children of Juda, into the wilderness, which is in the south of Juda, at the steep of Arad, and dwelt with this tribe.] 17 Then Juda went with his brother Symeon, and smote the Chananites who dwelt in Sepheth, and utterly destroyed them, and called the name of that city Anathema. 18 Though Juda did not take possession of Gaza, nor the borders thereof, nor of Ascalon nor its borders, nor of Akkaron, nor its borders, nor of Azotus, nor the grounds about it; 19 yet the Lord was with him, and he took possession of the mountain, for they were not enabled to drive out the inhabitants of the vale, because Rechab dissuaded them. 20 Now when Chebron was given to Chaleb, as Moses had said, he had from thence taken possession of the three cities of the children of Enak. 21 Neither did the children of Benjamin dispossess the Jebusites, who dwelt at Jerusalem; so the Jebusites have continued to dwell at Jerusalem, with the children of Benjamin, to this day. 22 With regard to the children of Joseph, they went up to Baithel, and the Lord was with them; 23 and they encamped near, and kept a watch upon Baithel. [Now the name of that city formerly was Louza.] 24 And they who kept watch, looked, and behold a man came out of the city; and they took him, and said to him, Shew us the way into the city, and we will shew thee mercy. 25 So he shewed them the entrance into the city, and they smote the city with the edge of the sword; but they suffered the man and his family to depart. 26 And the man went to the land of Chettin, and built there a city, and called its name Louza, and this continueth to be its name to this day. 27 But Manasses did not take Baithsan, [which is now called Scythopolis] nor its towns; nor the lands about it; nor Thenak, nor any of its towns; nor the inhabitants of Dor, nor any of its towns; nor the inhabitants of Balak, nor any of the habitations about it, nor its towns; nor the inhabitants of Magedo, nor any of the habitations around it, nor its towns; nor the inhabitants of Jeblaam, nor any of its surrounding habitations, nor its towns; So the Chananites took the opportunity to settle in that land; 28 but when Israel grew strong, they subjected the Chananites to tribute, but did not utterly root them out. 29 Neither did Ephraim drive out the Chananites who dwelt in Gazer. So the Chananites dwelt among them in Gazer, and became tributaries. 30 Neither did Zabulon drive out the inhabitants of Kedron, nor the inhabitants of Domana; so the Chananites continued to dwell among them and became tributary to them. 31 Neither did Aser drive out the inhabitants of Akcho; but it became tributary to them; nor the inhabitants of Dor; nor the inhabitants of Sidon; nor the inhabitants of Dalaph; nor the Aschazites; nor the Chebdaites; nor the Naites; nor the Ereoites. 32 So Aser dwelt in the midst of the Chananites who inhabited that land, because he could not drive them out. 33 Neither did Nephthaleim drive out the inhabitants of Baithsamys, nor the inhabitants of Baithanach. So Nephthaleim dwelt in the midst of the Chananites who inhabited the land. And the inhabitants of Baithsamys and Baitheneth became tributary to them. 34 As for the children of Dan, the Amorites harassed them on the mountains, for they did not suffer them to go down into the vale. 35 And the Amorites began to settle on the shelly mountains, on that frequented by bears, and on that frequented by foxes, namely on Myrsinoni, and on Thalabin. But the hand of the house of Joseph was heavy on the Amorites, and they became tributary to them. 36 Now the border of the Amorites reached from the steep of Akrabin, from that rock and upwards.