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Judges 1:1-36

Israel Fights the Remaining Canaanites

1After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the Lord, “Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?”

2The Lord answered, “Judah shall go up; I have given the land into their hands.”

3The men of Judah then said to the Simeonites their fellow Israelites, “Come up with us into the territory allotted to us, to fight against the Canaanites. We in turn will go with you into yours.” So the Simeonites went with them.

4When Judah attacked, the Lord gave the Canaanites and Perizzites into their hands, and they struck down ten thousand men at Bezek. 5It was there that they found Adoni-Bezek and fought against him, putting to rout the Canaanites and Perizzites. 6Adoni-Bezek fled, but they chased him and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes.

7Then Adoni-Bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps under my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them.” They brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.

8The men of Judah attacked Jerusalem also and took it. They put the city to the sword and set it on fire.

9After that, Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites living in the hill country, the Negev and the western foothills. 10They advanced against the Canaanites living in Hebron (formerly called Kiriath Arba) and defeated Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai. 11From there they advanced against the people living in Debir (formerly called Kiriath Sepher).

12And Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Aksah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher.” 13Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Aksah to him in marriage.

14One day when she came to Othniel, she urged him1:14 Hebrew; Septuagint and Vulgate Othniel, he urged her 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. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.

16The descendants of Moses’ father-in-law, the Kenite, went up from the City of Palms1:16 That is, Jericho with the people of Judah to live among the inhabitants of the Desert of Judah in the Negev near Arad.

17Then the men of Judah went with the Simeonites their fellow Israelites and attacked the Canaanites living in Zephath, and they totally destroyed1:17 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them. the city. Therefore it was called Hormah.1:17 Hormah means destruction. 18Judah also took1:18 Hebrew; Septuagint Judah did not take Gaza, Ashkelon and Ekron—each city with its territory.

19The Lord was with the men of Judah. They took possession of the hill country, but they were unable to drive the people from the plains, because they had chariots fitted with iron. 20As Moses had promised, Hebron was given to Caleb, who drove from it the three sons of Anak. 21The Benjamites, however, did not drive out the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem; to this day the Jebusites live there with the Benjamites.

22Now the tribes of Joseph attacked Bethel, and the Lord was with them. 23When they sent men to spy out Bethel (formerly called Luz), 24the spies saw a man coming out of the city and they said to him, “Show us how to get into the city and we will see that you are treated well.” 25So he showed them, and they put the city to the sword but spared the man and his whole family. 26He then went to the land of the Hittites, where he built a city and called it Luz, which is its name to this day.

27But Manasseh did not drive out the people of Beth Shan or Taanach or Dor or Ibleam or Megiddo and their surrounding settlements, for the Canaanites were determined to live in that land. 28When Israel became strong, they pressed the Canaanites into forced labor but never drove them out completely. 29Nor did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites living in Gezer, but the Canaanites continued to live there among them. 30Neither did Zebulun drive out the Canaanites living in Kitron or Nahalol, so these Canaanites lived among them, but Zebulun did subject them to forced labor. 31Nor did Asher drive out those living in Akko or Sidon or Ahlab or Akzib or Helbah or Aphek or Rehob. 32The Asherites lived among the Canaanite inhabitants of the land because they did not drive them out. 33Neither did Naphtali drive out those living in Beth Shemesh or Beth Anath; but the Naphtalites too lived among the Canaanite inhabitants of the land, and those living in Beth Shemesh and Beth Anath became forced laborers for them. 34The Amorites confined the Danites to the hill country, not allowing them to come down into the plain. 35And the Amorites were determined also to hold out in Mount Heres, Aijalon and Shaalbim, but when the power of the tribes of Joseph increased, they too were pressed into forced labor. 36The boundary of the Amorites was from Scorpion Pass to Sela and beyond.

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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.