1:1 Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel a asked the LORD, saying, b Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?
(a) By the judgment of Urim; Read (Exodus
27:21; 1 Samuel
(b) Who shall be our captain?
1:3 And Judah said unto Simeon
his c brother, Come up with me into my
lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with thee
into thy lot. So Simeon went with him.
(c) For the tribe of Simeon had their inheritance
within the tribe of Judah, (Joshua
Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and d
cut off his thumbs and his great toes.
(d) This was God's just judgment, as the tyrant
himself confesses, that as he had done, so did he receive, (Leviticus
1:8 Now the children of Judah
had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of
the sword, and set the e city on fire.
(e) Which was later built again, and possessed by
the Jebusites, (2 Samuel
1:10 And Judah went against
the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron: (now the name of Hebron before [was]
Kirjatharba:) and they slew f Sheshai,
and Ahiman, and Talmai.
(f) These three were giants, and the children of
And it came to pass, when she came [to him], that she moved him to ask of her
father a field: g and she lighted from
off [her] ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou?
(g) Read (Joshua
1:16 And the children of the h
Kenite, Moses' father in law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the
children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which [lieth] in the south of
Arad; and they went and dwelt among the people.
(h) This was one of the names of Moses father in
law, read (Numbers
1:18 Also Judah took i
Gaza with the coast thereof, and Askelon with the coast thereof, and Ekron with
the coast thereof.
(i) These cities and others were later possessed
by the Philistines, (1 Samuel
And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that k
inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in
Jerusalem unto this day.
(k) For after the tribe of Judah had burnt it,
they built it again.
Neither did Manasseh drive out [the inhabitants of] Bethshean and her towns, nor
Taanach and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, nor the
inhabitants of Ibleam and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and her
towns: l but the Canaanites would dwell
in that land.
(l) Wherefore God permitted the Canaanites to
still dwell in the land, read (Judges
Neither did m Zebulun drive out the
inhabitants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants of Nahalol; but the Canaanites dwelt
among them, and became tributaries.
(m) That is, the tribe of Zebulun as is also to
be understood of the rest.
1:32 But the Asherites dwelt
among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: for they did not drive them n
(n) But made them pay tribute as the others did.
But the Amorites would dwell in mount Heres in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim: yet the
o hand of the house of Joseph prevailed,
so that they became tributaries.
(o) Meaning, when he was stronger than they.
1:36 And the coast of the Amorites [was] from the
going up to Akrabbim, from the p rock,
(p) Or Selah, which was a city in Arabia.