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Judah and Simeon Capture Adoni-bezek

1 1  Now after the death of Joshua, the children of Israel made request to the Lord, saying, Who is to go up first to make war for us against the Canaanites? 2  And the Lord said, Judah is to go up: see, I have given the land into his hands. 3  Then Judah said to Simeon his brother, Come up with me into my heritage, so that we may make war against the Canaanites; and I will then go with you into your heritage. So Simeon went with him. 4  And Judah went up; and the Lord gave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hands; and they overcame ten thousand of them in Bezek. 5  And they came across Adoni-zedek, and made war on him; and they overcame the Canaanites and the Perizzites. 6  But Adoni-zedek went in flight; and they went after him and overtook him, and had his thumbs and his great toes cut off. 7  And Adoni-zedek said, Seventy kings, whose thumbs and great toes had been cut off, got broken meat under my table: as I have done, so has God done to me in full. And they took him to Jerusalem, and he came to his end there.

Judah Conquers Jerusalem and Hebron

8  Then the children of Judah made an attack on Jerusalem, and took it, burning down the town after they had put its people to the sword without mercy.

9  After that the children of Judah went down to make war on the Canaanites living in the hill-country and in the south and in the lowlands. 10  And Caleb went against the Canaanites of Hebron: (now in earlier times Hebron was named Kiriath-arba:) and he put Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai to the sword.

Othniel Conquers Debir and Receives Achsah

11  And from there he went up against the people of Debir. (Now the name of Debir in earlier times was Kiriath-sepher.) 12  And Caleb said, I will give Achsah, my daughter, as wife to the man who overcomes Kiriath-sepher and takes it. 13  And Othniel, the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it; so he gave him his daughter Achsah for his wife. 14  Now when she came to him, he put into her mind the idea of requesting a field from her father: and she got down from her ass; and Caleb said to her, What is it? 15  And she said to him, Give me a blessing; because you have put me in a dry south-land, now give me springs of water. So Caleb gave her the higher spring and the lower spring.

The Extent of the Conquests of Judah and Benjamin

16  Now Hobab the Kenite, Moses' father-in-law, had come up out of the town of palm-trees, with the children of Judah, into the waste land of Arad; and he went and was living among the Amalekites; 17  And Judah went with Simeon, his brother, and overcame the Canaanites living in Zephath, and put it under the curse; and he gave the town the name of Hormah. 18  Then Judah took Gaza and its limit, and Ashkelon and its limit, and Ekron and its limit. 19  And the Lord was with Judah; and he took the hill-country for his heritage; but he was unable to make the people of the valley go out, for they had war-carriages of iron. 20  And they gave Hebron to Caleb, as Moses had said; and he took the land of the three sons of Anak, driving them out from there.

21  And the children of Judah did not make the Jebusites who were living in Jerusalem go out; the Jebusites are still living with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem.

Joseph Conquers Beth-el

22  And the family of Joseph went up against Beth-el, and the Lord was with them. 23  So they sent men to make a search round Beth-el. (Now the name of the town in earlier times was Luz.) 24  And the watchers saw a man coming out of the town, and said to him, If you will make clear to us the way into the town, we will be kind to you. 25  So he made clear to them the way into the town, and they put it to the sword; but they let the man and all his family get away safe. 26  And he went into the land of the Hittites, building a town there and naming it Luz: which is its name to this day.

The Extent of the Conquests of Manasseh and Ephraim

27  And Manasseh did not take away the land of the people of Beth-shean and its daughter-towns, or of Taanach and its daughter-towns, or of the people of Dor and its daughter-towns, or of the people of Ibleam and its daughter-towns, or of the people of Megiddo and its daughter-towns, driving them out; but the Canaanites would go on living in that land. 28  And whenever Israel became strong, they put the Canaanites to forced work, without driving them out completely. 29  And Ephraim did not make the Canaanites who were living in Gezer go out; but the Canaanites went on living in Gezer among them.

The Extent of the Conquests of the Other Tribes

30  Zebulun did not make the people of Kitron or the people of Nahalol go out; but the Canaanites went on living among them and were put to forced work. 31  And Asher did not take the land of the people of Acco, or Zidon, or Ahlab, or Achzib, or Helbah, or Aphik, or Rehob, driving them out; 32  But the Asherites went on living among the Canaanites, the people of the land, without driving them out. 33  Naphtali did not take the land of the people of Beth-shemesh or of Beth-anath, driving them out; but he was living among the Canaanites in the land; however, the people of Beth-shemesh and Beth-anath were put to forced work. 34  And the children of Dan were forced into the hill-country by the Amorites, who would not let them come down into the valley; 35  For the Amorites would go on living in Mount Heres, in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim; but the children of Joseph became stronger than they, and put them to forced work. 36  And the limit of the Edomites went from the slope of Akrabbim from Sela and up.

The Angel of the LORD at Bochim

2 1  Now the angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, *** I took you out of Egypt, guiding you into the land which I gave by an oath to your fathers; and I said, My agreement with you will never be broken by me: 2  And you are to make no agreement with the people of this land; you are to see that their altars are broken down: but you have not given ear to my voice: what have you done? 3  And so I have said, I will not send them out from before you; but they will be a danger to you, and their gods will be a cause of falling to you. 4  Now on hearing these words which the angel of the Lord said to all the children of Israel, the people gave themselves up to loud crying and weeping. 5  And they gave that place the name of Bochim, and made offerings there to the Lord.

The Death of Joshua

6  And Joshua let the people go away, and the children of Israel went, every man to his heritage, to take the land for themselves. 7  And the people were true to the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the responsible men who were still living after the death of Joshua, and had seen all the great work of the Lord which he had done for Israel. 8  And death came to Joshua, the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, he being a hundred and ten years old. 9  And they put his body in the earth in the land of his heritage in Timnath-heres, in the hill-country of Ephraim to the north of Mount Gaash. 10  And in time death overtook all that generation; and another generation came after them, having no knowledge of the Lord or of the things which he had done for Israel.

Israel's Apostasy and the Ministry of the Judges

11  And the children of Israel did evil in the eyes of the Lord and became servants to the Baals; 12  And they gave up the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had taken them out of the land of Egypt, and went after other gods, the gods of the peoples round about them, worshipping them and moving the Lord to wrath. 13  And they gave up the Lord, and became the servants of Baal and the Astartes. 14  And the wrath of the Lord was burning against Israel, and he gave them up into the hands of those who violently took their property, and into the hands of their haters all round them, so that they were forced to give way before them. 15  Wherever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for evil, as the Lord had taken his oath it would be; and things became very hard for them. 16  Then the Lord gave them judges, as their saviours from the hands of those who were cruel to them. 17  But still they would not give ear to their judges, but went after other gods and gave them worship; quickly turning from the way in which their fathers had gone, keeping the orders of the Lord; but they did not do so. 18  And whenever the Lord gave them judges, then the Lord was with the judge, and was their saviour from the hands of their haters all the days of the judge; for the Lord was moved by their cries of grief because of those who were cruel to them. 19  But whenever the judge was dead, they went back and did more evil than their fathers, going after other gods, to be their servants and their worshippers; giving up nothing of their sins and their hard-hearted ways. 20  And the wrath of the Lord was burning against Israel, and he said, Because this nation has not been true to my agreement which I made with their fathers, and has not given ear to my voice; 21  From now on I will not go on driving out from before them any of the nations which at the death of Joshua were still living in this land; 22  In order to put Israel to the test, and see if they will keep the way of the Lord, walking in it as their fathers did, or not. 23  So the Lord let those nations go on living in the land, not driving them out quickly, and did not give them up into the hands of Joshua.

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