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Atemmufo 1:1-36

Yuda Ne Simeon Fa Asase No

1Yosua wu akyi no, Israelfo bisaa Awurade se, “Abusuakuw bɛn na ɛsɛ sɛ wɔkɔtow hyɛ Kanaanfo no so kan?”

2Awurade buae se, “Yuda na ɛsɛ sɛ ɔkɔ; mede asase no sodi ahyɛ wɔn nsam.”

3Enti Yuda ntuanofo no ka kyerɛɛ wɔn nuanom Simeon abusuakuw no se, “Mommɛka yɛn ho na yɛnko ntia Kanaanfo a wɔte asase a wɔde ama yɛn no so. Yɛn nso, yɛbɛboa mo ama moako afa mo asase.” Enti Simeonfo mmarima no ne Yudafo no kɔe.

4Bere a Yuda kɔɔ wɔn so no, Awurade ma wodii Kanaanfo ne Perisifo no so nkonim, na wokunkum atamfo akofo mpem du wɔ Besek. 5Besek hɔ, wɔne ɔhene Adoni-Besek hyiae, na wɔko tiaa no, dii Kanaanfo no ne Perisifo no so nkonim. 6Adoni-Besek guanee, nanso ankyɛ na Israelfo kɔkyeree no twitwaa ne nsa ne ne nan kokurobeti.

7Ɛmaa Adoni-Besek kae se, “Bere bi, na mewɔ Ahemfo aduɔson a wɔatwitwa wɔn kokurobeti na wɔbɛtasee mporoporowa wɔ me didipon ase. Afei, Awurade atua me nea meyɛɛ wɔn no so ka.” Wɔde no kɔɔ Yerusalem na owui wɔ hɔ.

8Yuda mmarima no tow hyɛɛ Yerusalem so, dii so nkonim. Wokunkum kuropɔn no so nnipa nyinaa, too mu gya.

9Ɛno akyi, wɔdan faa anafo fam, kɔtow hyɛɛ Kanaanfo a wɔtete bepɔw asase, Negeb ne atɔe fam nkoko so no so. 10Yuda bɔ wuraa Kanaanfo a na wɔte Hebron a kan no na wɔfrɛ hɔ Kiriat-Arba no mu, dii Sesai, Ahima ne Talmai so. 11Wofi hɔ kɔtoaa nnipa a wɔte Debir a kan no na wɔfrɛ hɔ (Kiriat-Sefer no).

12Na Kaleb kae se, “Mede me babea Aksa bɛma obi a ɔbɛtow ahyɛ Kiriat-Sefer kurow no so na wadi so no aware.” 13Ɛnna Kaleb nua kumaa Kenas babarima Otniel kɔfae. Enti Aksa bɛyɛɛ Otniel yere.

14Aksa waree Otniel no, ɔka kyerɛɛ no se ommisa nʼagya Kaleb na ɔmma wɔn asase nka nea wɔwɔ no ho. Ofi nʼafurum so sii fam ara pɛ, Kaleb bisaa no se, “Asɛm bɛn? Dɛn na menyɛ mma wo?”

15Obuae se, “Ma me nhyira bio. Woadom me ama me asase wɔ Negeb, na mesrɛ wo ma me asase a nsu wɔ so.” Enti Kaleb maa no atifi ne anafo nsubɔnten.

16Bere a Yuda abusuakuw fii Yeriko no, Kenifo a wɔyɛ Mose ase barima asefo ne wɔn kɔɔ Yuda sare no so. Wɔtenaa nnipa a wɔwɔ hɔ no mu wɔ beae bi a ɛbɛn Arad a ɛwɔ Negeb.

17Afei, Yuda ne Simeon ka bɔɔ mu ko tiaa Kanaanfo a wɔte Sefat no sɛee kurow no pasaa. Enti wɔtoo kurow no din Horma. 18Ɛno akyi, Yuda ko faa nkuropɔn Gasa, Askelon ne Ekron ne wɔn nsase a atwa wɔn ho ahyia.

Israel Antumi Amfa Asase No

19Na Awurade ka Yuda nkurɔfo ho nti, ɛmaa wɔfaa bepɔw nsase no. Nanso wɔantumi ampam nnipa a wɔte tataw so no amfi hɔ, efisɛ na wɔwɔ nnade nteaseɛnam. 20Wɔde Hebron kuropɔn maa Kaleb sɛnea na Mose ahyɛ ho bɔ no. Na Kaleb pam nnipa a na wɔyɛ Anak mmabarima baasa no asefo no fii hɔ. 21Benyamin abusuakuw no antumi ampam Yebusifo a na wɔte Yerusalem no. Enti ebesi nnɛ yi, Yebusifo ne Benyamin nkurɔfo da so te Yerusalem.

22Yosef asefo kɔtow hyɛɛ Bet-El kurow no so, na Awurade kaa wɔn ho. 23Wɔsomaa akwansrafo kɔɔ Bet-El (a kan no na wɔfrɛ no Lus) hɔ. 24Wɔde nsɛmmisa puapuaa ɔbarima bi a na ofi kuropɔn no mu reba. Wɔka kyerɛɛ no se, “Kyerɛ yɛn ɔkwan a wɔde kɔ kuropɔn no mu na yɛn nso, yebehu wo mmɔbɔ.” 25Enti ɔkyerɛɛ wɔn kuropɔn no kwan ma wokokunkum kuropɔn no mu nnipa nyinaa, na wogyaw ɔbarima no ne nʼabusuafo. 26Akyiri no, ɔbarima no tutu kɔɔ Hetifo asase so. Ɔkyekyeree kuropɔn wɔ hɔ. Ɔtoo kuropɔn no din Lus. Na saa din no da kuropɔn no so de besi nnɛ.

27Manase abusuakuw no nso antumi ampam nnipa a na wɔte Bet-Sean, Taanak, Dor, Yibleam, Megido ne wɔn nkuraase no, efisɛ na Kanaanfo no aka se, sɛnea ɛte biara, ɛhɔ ara na wɔpɛ sɛ wɔtena. 28Israelfo no nyaa ahoɔden kakra no, wɔhyɛɛ Kanaanfo no ma wɔyɛɛ nnwuma sɛ nkoa maa wɔn na wɔampam wɔn amfi asase no so. 29Efraim abusuakuw no nso antumi antu Kanaanfo a na wɔte Geser no enti Kanaanfo no kɔɔ so ne wɔn tenae. 30Sebulon abusuakuw no antumi antu Kanaanfo a na wɔte Kitron ne Nahalol, nti wɔkɔɔ so ne wɔn tenae. Nanso wɔhyɛɛ wɔn ma wɔyɛɛ adwuma sɛ nkoa. 31Aser abusuakuw no nso antumi antu wɔn a na wɔte Ako, Sidon, Ahlab, Aksib, Helba, Afik ne Rehob. 32Nokware, esiane sɛ wɔantumi antu wɔn no nti, Kanaanfo no dɔɔso wɔ asase a Aserfo no te so no so. 33Naftali abusuakuw no nso antumi antu wɔn a na wɔte Bet-Semes ne Bet-Anat. Mmom, Kanaanfo no dɔɔso wɔ asase a wɔte so no so. Nanso wɔhyɛɛ nnipa a wɔte Bet-Semes ne Bet-Anat ma wɔyɛɛ adwuma sɛ nkoa maa Naftali nkurɔfo. 34Dan abusuakuw no de, Amorifo hyɛɛ wɔn ma wotu kɔɔ bepɔw nsase no so na wɔamma wɔn amma tataw so hɔ. 35Amorifo no sii wɔn adwene pi sɛ, wɔbɛtena Heres bepɔw so wɔ Ayalon ne Saalbim, nanso Yosef asefo no yɛɛ den mmoroso no, wɔhyɛɛ Amorifo no ma wɔyɛɛ adwuma sɛ nkoa. 36Na Amorifo hye fi Akrabbim atrapoe kɔ Sela na ɛtoa so kɔ atifi fam.

New International Reader's Version

Judges 1:1-36

The Israelites Fight Against the Remaining Canaanites

1Joshua died. After that, the Israelites spoke to the Lord. They asked him, “Who of us will go up first and fight against the Canaanites?”

2The Lord answered, “The tribe of Judah will go up. I have handed the land over to them.”

3Then the men of Judah spoke to their fellow Israelites, the men of Simeon. They said, “Come up with us. Come into the territory Joshua gave us. Help us fight against the Canaanites. Then we’ll go with you into your territory.” So the men of Simeon went with them.

4When the men of Judah attacked, the Lord helped them. He handed the Canaanites and Perizzites over to them. They struck down 10,000 men at Bezek. 5The men of Judah found Adoni-Bezek there. They fought against him. They struck down the Canaanites and Perizzites. 6But Adoni-Bezek ran away. The men of Judah chased him and caught him. Then they cut off his thumbs and big toes.

7Adoni-Bezek said, “I cut off the thumbs and big toes of 70 kings. I made them pick up scraps under my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them.” The men of Judah brought Adoni-Bezek to Jerusalem. That’s where he died.

8The men of Judah attacked Jerusalem and captured it. They set the city on fire. They killed its people with their swords.

9After that, the men of Judah went down to fight against some Canaanites. Those Canaanites were living in the central hill country. They also fought against those living in the Negev Desert and the western hills. 10Then the men of Judah marched out against the Canaanites living in Hebron. Hebron used to be called Kiriath Arba. The men of Judah won the battle over Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai. 11From Hebron they marched out against the people living in Debir. It used to be called Kiriath Sepher.

12Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Aksah to be married. I’ll give her to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher.” 13Othniel captured it. So Caleb gave his daughter Aksah to him to be his wife. Othniel was the son of Kenaz. He was Caleb’s younger brother.

14One day Aksah came to Othniel. She begged him to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?”

15She replied, “Do me a special favor. You have given me some land in the Negev Desert. Give me springs of water also.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.

16Moses’ father-in-law was a Kenite. His family went up from Jericho. Jericho was also known as the City of Palm Trees. His family went up with the people of Judah to the Desert of Judah. They went there to live among its people. Those people were living in the Negev Desert near Arad.

17The men of Judah marched out with their fellow Israelites, the men of Simeon. They attacked the people of Canaan living in Zephath. They set the city apart to the Lord in a special way to be destroyed. That’s why the city was called Hormah. 18The men of Judah captured Gaza, Ashkelon and Ekron. They also captured the territory around each of those cities.

19The Lord was with the men of Judah. They took over the central hill country. But they weren’t able to drive the people out of the plains. That’s because those people used chariots that had some iron parts. 20Moses had promised to give Hebron to Caleb. So Hebron was given to Caleb. He drove the three sons of Anak out of it. 21But the people of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites living in Jerusalem. So to this day they live there with the people of Benjamin.

22The tribes of Joseph attacked Bethel. The Lord was with them. 23They sent men to Bethel to check it out. It used to be called Luz. 24Those who were sent saw a man coming out of the city. They said to him, “Show us how to get into the city. If you do, we’ll see that you are treated well.” 25So he showed them how to get in. The men of Joseph killed the people in the city with their swords. But they spared the man from Bethel. They also spared his whole family. 26Then he went to the land of the Hittites. He built a city there. He called it Luz. That’s still its name to this day.

27But the tribe of Manasseh didn’t drive out the people of Beth Shan. They didn’t drive out the people of Taanach, Dor, Ibleam and Megiddo. And they didn’t drive out the people of the settlements that are around those cities either. That’s because the Canaanites had made up their minds to continue living in that land. 28Later, Israel became stronger. Then they forced the Canaanites to work hard for them. But Israel never drove them out completely. 29The tribe of Ephraim didn’t drive out the Canaanites living in Gezer. So the Canaanites continued to live there among them. 30The tribe of Zebulun didn’t drive out the Canaanites living in Kitron and Nahalol. So these Canaanites lived among them. But the people of Zebulun forced the Canaanites to work hard for them. 31The tribe of Asher didn’t drive out the people living in Akko and Sidon. They didn’t drive out the people of Ahlab, Akzib, Helbah, Aphek and Rehob. 32So the people of Asher lived among the Canaanites who were in the land. 33The tribe of Naphtali didn’t drive out the people living in Beth Shemesh and Beth Anath. So the people of Naphtali lived among the Canaanites who were in the land. The people of Beth Shemesh and Beth Anath were forced to work hard for them. 34The Amorites made the people of Dan stay in the central hill country. They didn’t let them come down into the plain. 35The Amorites made up their minds to stay in Mount Heres. They also stayed in Aijalon and Shaalbim. But the power of the tribes of Joseph grew. Then the Amorites were forced to work hard for them. 36The border of the Amorites started at Scorpion Pass. It went to Sela and even past it.