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Juda og Simeon indtager deres område

1Efter Josvas død spurgte israelitterne Herren: „Hvem skal nu gå i spidsen i kampen mod kanaʼanæerne?”

Herren svarede: „Judas stamme. Jeg vil hjælpe dem til at indtage det land, jeg har lovet dem.”

Lederne af Judas stamme sagde til lederne af Simeons stamme: „Hjælp os med at besejre de kanaʼanæere, som bor i det område, der skal tilhøre os. Så hjælper vi bagefter jer med at indtage jeres område.” Så fulgte mændene fra Simeons stamme med Judas mænd.

Da de angreb, gav Herren dem sejr over kanaʼanæerne og perizzitterne, så de dræbte 10.000 af fjendens krigere ved byen Bezek. Fjendens hær blev anført af kong Adonibezek, og det lykkedes ham at undslippe, men israelitterne fangede ham og huggede hans tommelfingre og storetæer af. „Jeg har selv behandlet 70 høvdinge på samme måde,” sagde kongen, „og jeg har ladet dem spise smulerne under mit bord. Nu gengælder Gud mig for, hvad jeg har gjort imod dem.” Derefter blev han ført til Jerusalem, hvor han blev til sin dødsdag.

Judas mænd angreb også Jerusalem, huggede indbyggerne ned og satte ild til byen. Derefter rykkede de ud mod kanaʼanæerne i det sydlige højland, i Negev og på de vestlige bakkeskråninger. 10 De gik til angreb på kanaʼanæerne i Hebron, det tidligere Kirjat-Arba, og besejrede Sheshajs, Ahimans og Talmajs mænd. 11 De angreb også byen Debir, der tidligere hed Kirjat-Sefer. 12 Kaleb havde forinden sagt: „Den, der indtager Kirjat-Sefer, får min datter Aksa til kone.” 13 Otniel, der var søn af Kalebs yngre bror, Kenaz, erobrede byen og fik som belønning Aksa til kone.

14 Efter brylluppet bad Aksa sin mand om tilladelse til at tage hjem til sin far og bede om et stykke agerjord. Da hun kom derhen og stod af sit æsel, spurgte Kaleb hende: „Hvad kan jeg gøre for dig?” 15 „Velsign mig med en afskedsgave. Du har jo bortgiftet mig til det tørre sydland, så jeg har brug for nogle vandkilder.” Så gav Kaleb hende de øvre og de nedre kilder.

16 Dengang Judas stamme drog op fra Palmernes By,[a] fulgte efterkommerne af Mosesʼ svigerfar med dem. De hed kenitterne, og de slog sig ned blandt de øvrige beboere i Negevs ørken syd for Arad.

17 Da Judas og Simeons mænd drog i kamp sammen, udryddede de kanaʼanæerne i Zefat og udslettede byen totalt. Derfor kaldes byen nu Horma.[b] 18 Judas hær indtog også byerne Gaza, Ashkalon og Ekron med de omkringliggende områder. 19 Herren hjalp Judas stamme med at indtage højlandet, men de klarede ikke at få alle folkene i lavlandet drevet bort, fordi de havde stridsvogne af jern.

20 Kaleb havde nu fået Hebron, som Moses i sin tid havde lovet ham, og han fik jaget de folk bort, som boede der. De var efterkommere af Anaks tre sønner.

De øvrige stammer fordriver ikke alle de oprindelige indbyggere

21 Benjamins stamme fordrev ikke alle jebusitterne fra Jerusalem. Derfor bor jebusitterne stadig i byen sammen med benjaminitterne.

22-23 Efraims og Manasses stammer angreb byen Betel, tidligere kaldet Luz, og Herren var med dem. De sendte først spioner af sted, 24 som fangede en mand, der var på vej ud af byen. De sagde så til ham: „Hvis du viser os, hvordan vi kommer ind i byen, vil vi skåne dit liv.” 25 Manden viste dem et smuthul, hvorefter hele byens befolkning blev hugget ned, med undtagelse af den mand og hans familie. 26 Senere flyttede han til hittitternes land og grundlagde der en by, som han kaldte Luz.[c] Byen ligger der den dag i dag.

27 Manasses stamme fordrev ikke alle indbyggerne i Bet-Shan, Taʼanak, Dor, Jibleam og Megiddo og landsbyerne deromkring, for kanaʼanæerne var fast besluttet på at blive boende. 28 Senere, da israelitterne blev stærkere, gjorde de kanaʼanæerne til slaver, men de fik aldrig fordrevet dem fra landet. 29 På samme måde gik det for Efraims stamme. Kanaʼanæerne blev boende side om side med dem i Gezer.

30 Zebulons stamme udryddede heller ikke kanaʼanæerne i Kitron og Nahalol, men gjorde dem til slaver, 31 og Ashers stamme fordrev ikke indbyggerne i Akko, Sidon, Ahlab, Akzib, Helba, Afik og Rehob. 32 Kanaʼanæerne blev boende side om side med Ashers stamme. 33 På samme måde gik det for Naftalis stamme: de fordrev ikke indbyggerne i Bet-Shemesh og Bet-Anat, men de gjorde dem til slaver.

34 Amoritterne holdt stand mod Dans stamme, så de ikke kunne bosætte sig i lavlandet. 35 Amoritterne blev også boende på Heresbjerget, i Ajjalon og i Shaʼalbim, men da Efraims og Manasses stammer blev stærkere, gjorde de dem til slaver. 36 Amoritternes sydlige grænse løber fra Akrabbimpasset til Sela og videre opefter.

Notas al pie

  1. 1,16 Det vil sige Jeriko.
  2. 1,17 Horma betyder „udslettelse”.
  3. 1,26 Opkaldt efter det gamle navn på hans hjemby. Det vides ikke, hvor denne by lå.

New International Reader's Version

Judges 1

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?”

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

Then 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.

When 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. The men of Judah found Adoni-Bezek there. They fought against him. They struck down the Canaanites and Perizzites. But Adoni-Bezek ran away. The men of Judah chased him and caught him. Then they cut off his thumbs and big toes.

Adoni-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.

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

After 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. 10 Then 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. 11 From Hebron they marched out against the people living in Debir. It used to be called Kiriath Sepher.

12 Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Aksah to be married. I’ll give her to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher.” 13 Othniel 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.

14 One 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?”

15 She 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.

16 Moses’ 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.

17 The 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. 18 The men of Judah captured Gaza, Ashkelon and Ekron. They also captured the territory around each of those cities.

19 The 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. 20 Moses had promised to give Hebron to Caleb. So Hebron was given to Caleb. He drove the three sons of Anak out of it. 21 But 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.

22 The tribes of Joseph attacked Bethel. The Lord was with them. 23 They sent men to Bethel to check it out. It used to be called Luz. 24 Those 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.” 25 So 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. 26 Then 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.

27 But 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. 28 Later, Israel became stronger. Then they forced the Canaanites to work hard for them. But Israel never drove them out completely. 29 The tribe of Ephraim didn’t drive out the Canaanites living in Gezer. So the Canaanites continued to live there among them. 30 The 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. 31 The 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. 32 So the people of Asher lived among the Canaanites who were in the land. 33 The 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. 34 The Amorites made the people of Dan stay in the central hill country. They didn’t let them come down into the plain. 35 The 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. 36 The border of the Amorites started at Scorpion Pass. It went to Sela and even past it.