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Atemmufoɔ 1:1-36

Yuda Ne Simeon Fa Asase No

1Yosua wuo akyi no, Israelfoɔ bisaa Awurade sɛ, “Abusuakuo bɛn na ɛsɛ sɛ wɔkɔto hyɛ Kanaanfoɔ no so kane?”

2Awurade buaa sɛ, “Yuda na ɛsɛ sɛ ɔkɔ; mede asase no so die ahyɛ wɔn nsam.”

3Enti, Yuda ntuanofoɔ ka kyerɛɛ wɔn nuanom Simeon abusuakuo no sɛ, “Mommɛka yɛn ho na yɛnko ntia Kanaanfoɔ a wɔte asase a wɔde ama yɛn no so. Yɛn nso, yɛbɛboa mo ama moako afa mo asase.” Enti, Simeonfoɔ mmarima no ne Yudafoɔ no kɔeɛ.

4Ɛberɛ a Yuda kɔɔ wɔn so no, Awurade ma wɔdii Kanaanfoɔ ne Perisifoɔ no so nkonim, na wɔkunkumm atamfoɔ akofoɔ ɔpedu wɔ Besek. 5Besek hɔ, wɔne ɔhene Adoni-Besek hyiaeɛ, na wɔko tiaa no, dii Kanaanfoɔ no ne Perisifoɔ no so nkonim. 6Adoni-Besek dwaneeɛ, nanso ankyɛre na Israelfoɔ kɔkyeree no twitwaa ne nsa ne ne nan kokurobetie.

7Ɛmaa Adoni-Besek kaa sɛ, “Ɛberɛ bi na mewɔ Ahemfo aduɔson a wɔatwitwa wɔn kokurobetie bɛtasee mporoporowa wɔ me didipono ase. Afei, Awurade atua me deɛ meyɛɛ wɔn no so ka.” Wɔde no kɔɔ Yerusalem na ɔwuu wɔ hɔ.

8Yuda mmarima no to hyɛɛ Yerusalem so, dii so nkonim. Wɔkunkumm kuropɔn no so nnipa nyinaa, too mu ogya.

9Ɛno akyi, wɔdane faa anafoɔ fam, kɔto hyɛɛ Kanaanfoɔ a wɔtete bepɔ asase, Negeb ne atɔeɛ fam nkokoɔ so no so. 10Yuda bɔ wuraa Kanaanfoɔ a na wɔte Hebron a kane no na wɔfrɛ hɔ Kiriat-Arba no mu, dii Sesai, Ahiman ne Talmai so. 11Wɔfiri hɔ kɔtoaa nnipa a wɔte Debir a kane no na wɔfrɛ hɔ (Kiriat-Sefer no).

12Na Kaleb kaa sɛ, “Obiara a ɔbɛto ahyɛ Kiriat-Sefer so na wafa no, mede me babaa Aksa bɛma no aware.” 13Ɛnna Kaleb nua kumaa Kenas babarima Otniel kɔfaeɛ. Enti, Aksa bɛyɛɛ Otniel yere.

14Aksa waree Otniel no, ɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ ɔmmisa nʼagya Kaleb na ɔmma wɔn asase nka deɛ wɔwɔ no ho. Ɔfiri nʼafunumu so sii fam ara pɛ, Kaleb bisaa no sɛ, “Asɛm bɛn? Ɛdeɛn na menyɛ mma wo?”

15Ɔbuaa sɛ, “Ma me nhyira bio. Woadom me ama me asase wɔ Negeb, na mesrɛ wo ma me asase a nsuo wɔ so.” Enti, Kaleb maa no atifi ne anafoɔ fam nsuwansuwa asase.

16Ɛberɛ a Yuda abusuakuo firii Yeriko no, Kenifoɔ a wɔyɛ Mose ase barima asefoɔ ne wɔn kɔɔ Yuda ɛserɛ no so. Wɔtenaa nnipa a wɔwɔ hɔ no mu wɔ beaeɛ bi a ɛbɛn Arad a ɛwɔ Negeb.

17Afei, Yuda ne Simeon ka bɔɔ mu ko tiaa Kanaanfoɔ a wɔte Sefat no sɛee kuro no pasaa. Enti, wɔtoo kuro no edin 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 nkurɔfoɔ ho enti, ɛmaa wɔfaa bepɔ nsase no. Nanso, wɔantumi ampam nnipa a wɔte tata so no amfiri hɔ, ɛfiri sɛ, na wɔwɔ nnadeɛ nteaseɛnam. 20Wɔde Hebron kuropɔn maa Kaleb sɛdeɛ na Mose ahyɛ ho bɔ no. Na Kaleb pamoo nnipa a na wɔyɛ Anak mmammarima baasa no asefoɔ no firii hɔ. 21Benyamin abusuakuo no antumi ampam Yebusifoɔ a na wɔte Yerusalem no. Enti, ɛbɛsi ɛnnɛ yi, Yebusifoɔ ne Benyamin nkurɔfoɔ da so te Yerusalem.

22Yosef asefoɔ kɔto hyɛɛ Bet-El kuro no so, na Awurade kaa wɔn ho. 23Wɔsomaa akwansrafoɔ kɔɔ Bet-El (a kane no na wɔfrɛ no Lus) hɔ. 24Wɔde nsɛmmisa puapuaa ɔbarima bi a na ɔfiri kuropɔn no mu reba. Wɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Kyerɛ yɛn ɛkwan a wɔde kɔ kuropɔn no mu na yɛn nso, yɛbɛhunu wo mmɔbɔ.” 25Enti, ɔkyerɛɛ wɔn kuropɔn no kwan ma wɔkɔkunkumm kuropɔn no mu nnipa nyinaa, na wɔgyaa ɔbarima no ne nʼabusuafoɔ. 26Akyire no, ɔbarima no tutu kɔɔ Hetifoɔ asase so. Ɔkyekyeree kuropɔn wɔ hɔ. Ɔtoo kuropɔn no edin Lus. Na saa edin no da kuropɔn no so de bɛsi ɛnnɛ.

27Manase abusuakuo no nso antumi ampam nnipa a na wɔte Bet-Sean, Taanak, Dor, Yibleam, Megido ne wɔn nkuraaseɛ no, ɛfiri sɛ, na Kanaanfoɔ no aka sɛ, sɛdeɛ ɛteɛ biara, ɛhɔ ara na wɔpɛ sɛ wɔtena. 28Israelfoɔ no nyaa ahoɔden kakra no, wɔhyɛɛ Kanaanfoɔ no ma wɔyɛɛ nnwuma sɛ nkoa maa wɔn a wɔampamo wɔn amfiri asase no so. 29Efraim abusuakuo no nso antumi antu Kanaanfoɔ a na wɔte Geser no enti Kanaanfoɔ no kɔɔ so ne wɔn tenaeɛ. 30Sebulon abusuakuo no antumi antu Kanaanfoɔ a na wɔte Kitron ne Nahalol, enti wɔkɔɔ so ne wɔn tenaeɛ. Nanso, wɔhyɛɛ wɔn ma wɔyɛɛ adwuma sɛ nkoa. 31Aser abusuakuo no nso antumi antu wɔn a na wɔte Ako, Sidon, Ahlab, Aksib, Helba, Afik ne Rehob. 32Nokorɛm, ɛsiane sɛ wɔantumi antu wɔn no enti, Kanaanfoɔ no dɔɔso wɔ asase a Aserfoɔ no te soɔ no so. 33Naftali abusuakuo no nso antumi antu wɔn a na wɔte Bet-Semes ne Bet-Anat. Mmom, Kanaanfoɔ no dɔɔso wɔ asase a wɔte soɔ no so. Nanso wɔhyɛɛ nnipa a wɔte Bet-Semes ne Bet-Anat ma wɔyɛɛ adwuma sɛ nkoa maa Naftali nkurɔfoɔ. 34Dan abusuakuo no deɛ, Amorifoɔ hyɛɛ wɔn maa wɔtu kɔɔ bepɔ nsase no so na wɔamma wɔn amma tata so hɔ. 35Amorifoɔ no sii wɔn adwene pi sɛ, wɔbɛtena Heres bepɔ so wɔ Ayalon ne Saalbim, nanso Yosef asefoɔ no yɛɛ den mmorosoɔ no, wɔhyɛɛ Amorifoɔ no ma wɔyɛɛ adwuma sɛ nkoa. 36Na Amorifoɔ hyeɛ firi Akrabbim aforoeɛ 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.