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.
Israeli Wapigana Na Wakanaani Waliobaki
11:1 Yos 24:29; Hes 2:3-9; Amu 20:18; 1Fal 20:14; Mwa 10:18; Amu 3:1-6; Hes 27:21Baada ya kifo cha Yoshua, Waisraeli wakamuuliza Bwana, “Ni nani atakayetangulia kupanda mbele yetu kwa ajili ya kupigana na Wakanaani?”
21:2 Mwa 49:10; Amu 3:25; 4:7, 14; 7:9Bwana akajibu, “Yuda ndiye atakayetangulia; nimewapa hiyo nchi mikononi mwao.”
3Ndipo watu wa Yuda wakawaambia Wasimeoni ndugu zao, “Pandeni pamoja nasi katika nchi tuliyopewa, ili tupate kupigana na Wakanaani. Sisi pia tutakwenda pamoja nanyi katika sehemu yenu mliyopewa.” Basi Wasimeoni wakaenda pamoja nao.
41:4 Mwa 13:7; Yos 3:10; 1Sam 11:8Yuda aliposhambulia, Bwana akawatia Wakanaani na Waperizi mikononi mwao, nao wakawaua watu 10,000 huko Bezeki. 5Huko ndiko walipomkuta huyo Adoni-Bezeki, nao wakapigana naye na kuwafanya Wakanaani na Waperizi wakimbie. 6Adoni-Bezeki pia alikimbia, nao wakamfuata na kumkamata, wakamkata vidole vyake gumba vya mikono na vya miguu.
71:7 Law 24:19; Yer 25:12; Yos 10:1Ndipo Adoni-Bezeki akasema, “Nimewatendea wafalme sabini kama nilivyotendewa na kuwalisha makombo ya chakula chini ya meza yangu. Sasa Mungu amenilipa haya, kama yale niliyowatendea.” Wakamleta Yerusalemu, naye akafa huko.
81:8 Amu 1:21; Yos 15:63; 2Sam 5:6Watu wa Yuda wakashambulia pia Yerusalemu na kuiteka. Wakaupiga mji kwa upanga na kuuchoma kwa moto.
91:9 Hes 13:17; Mwa 12:9; Hes 21:1; Isa 30:6Baada ya hayo, watu wa Yuda wakateremka kupigana na Wakanaani walioishi katika nchi ya vilima, yaani, Negebu na nchi chini ya vilima vya magharibi. 101:10 Mwa 13:18; 35:27; Hes 13:22; Yos 15:14Yuda wakakabiliana na Wakanaani walioishi Hebroni (ambayo hapo kwanza iliitwa Kiriath-Arba) na kuwashinda Sheshai, Ahimani na Talmai.
111:11 Yos 10:38Kutoka huko wakasonga mbele kukabiliana na watu walioishi Debiri (ambao hapo kwanza uliitwa Kiriath-Seferi.) 12Kalebu akasema, “Nitamwoza binti yangu Aksa kwa mtu atakayeweza kupigana na kuteka Kiriath-Seferi.” 13Basi Othnieli mwana wa Kenazi, ndugu mdogo wa huyo Kalebu, akawashinda, kwa hiyo Kalebu akamtoa binti yake Aksa akaolewa naye.
14Siku moja Aksa alipokuja kwa Othnieli, alimsihi Othnieli amwombe baba yake, Kalebu, shamba. Aksa aliposhuka kutoka juu ya punda wake, Kalebu akamuuliza, “Je, wataka nikufanyie nini?”
151:15 Hes 13:6Akamjibu, “Naomba unifanyie jambo moja la hisani. Kwa kuwa umenipa ardhi huko Negebu, nipe pia chemchemi za maji.” Ndipo Kalebu akampa chemchemi za juu na za chini.
161:16 Hes 10:29; Mwa 15:191:16 Kum 34:3; Amu 3:13; 2Nya 28:15; Hes 21:1; Yos 12:14Wazao wa yule Mkeni, baba mkwe wa Mose, wakapanda pamoja na watu wa Yuda kutoka Mji wa Mitende,1:16 Yaani Yeriko. wakaenda kuishi miongoni mwa watu wa jangwa ya Yuda huko Negebu karibu na mji wa Aradi.
171:17 Hes 14:45Basi watu wa Yuda wakaenda na Wasimeoni ndugu zao kushambulia Wakanaani waishio Sefathi, nao wakauangamiza huo mji kabisa. Kwa hiyo huo mji ukaitwa Horma1:17 Horma maana yake ni Maangamizi. 181:18 Yos 11:22; 13:3Watu wa Yuda wakatwaa pia Gaza, Ashkeloni na Ekroni, kila mji na vijiji vyake vinavyouzunguka.
191:19 Hes 14:43; 13:17; Yos 17:16Bwana alikuwa pamoja na watu wa Yuda. Wakaimiliki nchi ya vilima, lakini hawakuweza kuwafukuza watu waliokaa katika hiyo tambarare, kwa sababu walikuwa na magari ya chuma. 201:20 Yos 10:36; 14:13Kama vile Mose alivyoahidi, Kalebu alipewa Hebroni, naye akawafukuza wana watatu wa Anaki. 211:21 Yos 9:15; 15:63Hata hivyo, Wabenyamini walishindwa kuwafukuza Wayebusi, waliokuwa wanaishi Yerusalemu; hivyo hadi leo Wayebusi huishi humo pamoja na Wabenyamini.
221:22 Amu 10:9; Yos 7:2Basi nyumba ya Yosefu wakashambulia Betheli, naye Bwana alikuwa pamoja nao. 231:23 Mwa 28:19Walipotuma watu kwenda kupeleleza Betheli (ambao hapo kwanza uliitwa Luzu), 241:24 Mwa 47:29; Yos 2:12-14wale wapelelezi wakaona mtu anatoka mjini, nao wakamwambia, “Tuonyeshe jinsi ya kuingia mjini nasi tutakutendea wema.” 251:25 Yos 6:25Hivyo akawaonyesha, nao wakaupiga mji kwa upanga lakini wakamhifadhi hai yule mtu na jamaa yake yote. 261:26 Kum 7:1; Eze 6:3; Mwa 19:19Yule mtu akaenda hadi nchi ya Wahiti, ambapo aliujenga mji na kuuita Luzu, ambao ndio jina lake hadi leo.
271:27 1Fal 9:21; Yos 11:2; 17:11; 12:21Lakini Manase hawakuwafukuza watu wa Beth-Shani na vijiji vyake, au watu wa Taanaki na vijiji vyake, au watu wa Dori na vijiji vyake, au watu wa Ibleamu na vijiji vyake, au watu wa Megido na vijiji vyake, lakini Wakanaani waliazimu kuishi katika nchi ile. 281:28 Yos 17:12-13Israeli walipopata nguvu, wakawatia Wakanaani katika kazi ya kulazimishwa, lakini kamwe hawakuwafukuza watoke kabisa. 291:29 Yos 14:4; Amu 5:14; Yos 10:33; 16:10Wala Efraimu hawakuwafukuza kabisa Wakanaani walioishi Gezeri, bali Wakanaani waliendelea kuishi humo miongoni mwao. 30Vivyo hivyo Zabuloni hawakuwafukuza Wakanaani walioishi huko Kitroni, wala walioishi Nahaloli, ambao walibaki miongoni mwao; bali waliwatia katika kazi ya kulazimishwa. 311:31 Yos 17:7; Mwa 49:13; Yos 15:44; 12:18; Hes 13:21Wala Asheri hawakuwafukuza wale walioishi huko Ako, Sidoni, Alabu, Akzibu, Helba, Afeki wala Rehobu 32na kwa sababu ya jambo hili Waasheri wakaishi miongoni mwa Wakanaani, wenyeji wa nchi. 331:33 Yos 15:10; 19:38Wala Naftali hawakuwafukuza wale walioishi Beth-Shemeshi wala wale walioishi Beth-Anathi; lakini Naftali nao pia wakaishi miongoni mwa Wakanaani, wenyeji wa nchi, nao wale walioishi Beth-Shemeshi na Beth-Anathi wakawa watumishi wao katika kazi ya kulazimishwa. 341:34 Hes 13:29; Amu 10:11; 1Sam 7:14; Mwa 30:6; Amu 18:1Waamori wakawazuilia Wadani kwenye nchi ya vilima, kwa maana hawakuwaacha washuke kuingia kwenye sehemu tambarare. 351:35 Amu 8:13; Yos 19:43; 1Fal 4:9Waamori pia wakaendelea kukaa katika Mlima Heresi, katika Aiyaloni na Shaalbimu, lakini mkono wa nyumba ya Yosefu ukawalemea, nao wakashindwa hata wakalazimika kuingia katika kazi ya kulazimishwa. 361:36 Yos 15:3; 2Fal 14:7; Isa 16:1; 42:11; Za 104:34Mpaka wa Waamori ulikuwa kuanzia Genge la Akrabimu, kuendelea hadi Sela na kuelekea juu.