Judges 1:9-20 New International Version

9  After that, Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites living in the hill country, the Negev and the western foothills. 10  They advanced against the Canaanites living in Hebron (formerly called Kiriath Arba) and defeated Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai.

Othniel Conquers Debir and Receives Achsah

11  From there they advanced against the people living in Debir (formerly called Kiriath Sepher). 12  And Caleb said, "I will give my daughter Aksah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher." 13  Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Aksah to him in marriage. 14  One day when she came to Othniel, she urged him[1] to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, "What can I do for you?" 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.

The Extent of the Conquests of Judah and Benjamin

16  The descendants of Moses' father-in-law, the Kenite, went up from the City of Palms[2] with the people of Judah to live among the inhabitants of the Desert of Judah in the Negev near Arad. 17  Then the men of Judah went with the Simeonites their fellow Israelites and attacked the Canaanites living in Zephath, and they totally destroyed[3] the city. Therefore it was called Hormah.[4] 18  Judah also took[5] Gaza, Ashkelon and Ekron-each city with its territory. 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. 20  As Moses had promised, Hebron was given to Caleb, who drove from it the three sons of Anak.


Footnotes

[1] 1:14 Hebrew; Septuagint and Vulgate "Othniel, he urged her"

[2] 1:16 That is, Jericho

[3] 1:17 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.

[4] 1:17 "Hormah" means "destruction."

[5] 1:18 Hebrew; Septuagint "Judah did not take"

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