New Living Translation

Judges 1

Judah and Simeon Conquer the Land

1After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the Lord, “Which tribe should go first to attack the Canaanites?”

The Lord answered, “Judah, for I have given them victory over the land.”

The men of Judah said to their relatives from the tribe of Simeon, “Join with us to fight against the Canaanites living in the territory allotted to us. Then we will help you conquer your territory.” So the men of Simeon went with Judah.

When the men of Judah attacked, the Lord gave them victory over the Canaanites and Perizzites, and they killed 10,000 enemy warriors at the town of Bezek. While at Bezek they encountered King Adoni-bezek and fought against him, and the Canaanites and Perizzites were defeated. Adoni-bezek escaped, but the Israelites soon captured him and cut off his thumbs and big toes.

Adoni-bezek said, “I once had seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off, eating scraps from under my table. Now God has paid me back for what I did to them.” They took him to Jerusalem, and he died there.

The men of Judah attacked Jerusalem and captured it, killing all its people and setting the city on fire. Then they went down to fight the Canaanites living in the hill country, the Negev, and the western foothills.[a] 10 Judah marched against the Canaanites in Hebron (formerly called Kiriath-arba), defeating the forces of Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai.

11 From there they went to fight against the people living in the town of Debir (formerly called Kiriath-sepher). 12 Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Acsah in marriage to the one who attacks and captures Kiriath-sepher.” 13 Othniel, the son of Caleb’s younger brother, Kenaz, was the one who conquered it, so Acsah became Othniel’s wife.

14 When Acsah married Othniel, she urged him[b] to ask her father for a field. As she got down off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What’s the matter?”

15 She said, “Let me have another gift. You have already given me land in the Negev; now please give me springs of water, too.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.

16 When the tribe of Judah left Jericho—the city of palms—the Kenites, who were descendants of Moses’ father-in-law, traveled with them into the wilderness of Judah. They settled among the people there, near the town of Arad in the Negev.

17 Then Judah joined with Simeon to fight against the Canaanites living in Zephath, and they completely destroyed[c] the town. So the town was named Hormah.[d] 18 In addition, Judah captured the towns of Gaza, Ashkelon, and Ekron, along with their surrounding territories.

Israel Fails to Conquer the Land

19 The Lord was with the people of Judah, and they took possession of the hill country. But they failed to drive out the people living in the plains, who had iron chariots. 20 The town of Hebron was given to Caleb as Moses had promised. And Caleb drove out the people living there, who were descendants of the three sons of Anak.

21 The tribe of Benjamin, however, failed to drive out the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem. So to this day the Jebusites live in Jerusalem among the people of Benjamin.

22 The descendants of Joseph attacked the town of Bethel, and the Lord was with them. 23 They sent men to scout out Bethel (formerly known as Luz). 24 They confronted a man coming out of the town and said to him, “Show us a way into the town, and we will have mercy on you.” 25 So he showed them a way in, and they killed everyone in the town except that man and his family. 26 Later the man moved to the land of the Hittites, where he built a town. He named it Luz, which is its name to this day.

27 The tribe of Manasseh failed to drive out the people living in Beth-shan,[e] Taanach, Dor, Ibleam, Megiddo, and all their surrounding settlements, because the Canaanites were determined to stay in that region. 28 When the Israelites grew stronger, they forced the Canaanites to work as slaves, but they never did drive them completely out of the land.

29 The tribe of Ephraim failed to drive out the Canaanites living in Gezer, so the Canaanites continued to live there among them.

30 The tribe of Zebulun failed to drive out the residents of Kitron and Nahalol, so the Canaanites continued to live among them. But the Canaanites were forced to work as slaves for the people of Zebulun.

31 The tribe of Asher failed to drive out the residents of Acco, Sidon, Ahlab, Aczib, Helbah, Aphik, and Rehob. 32 Instead, the people of Asher moved in among the Canaanites, who controlled the land, for they failed to drive them out.

33 Likewise, the tribe of Naphtali failed to drive out the residents of Beth-shemesh and Beth-anath. Instead, they moved in among the Canaanites, who controlled the land. Nevertheless, the people of Beth-shemesh and Beth-anath were forced to work as slaves for the people of Naphtali.

34 As for the tribe of Dan, the Amorites forced them back into the hill country and would not let them come down into the plains. 35 The Amorites were determined to stay in Mount Heres, Aijalon, and Shaalbim, but when the descendants of Joseph became stronger, they forced the Amorites to work as slaves. 36 The boundary of the Amorites ran from Scorpion Pass[f] to Sela and continued upward from there.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:9 Hebrew the Shephelah.
  2. 1:14 Greek version and Latin Vulgate read he urged her.
  3. 1:17a The Hebrew term used here refers to the complete consecration of things or people to the Lord, either by destroying them or by giving them as an offering.
  4. 1:17b Hormah means “destruction.”
  5. 1:27 Hebrew Beth-shean, a variant spelling of Beth-shan.
  6. 1:36 Hebrew Akrabbim.

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Oweruza 1

Aisraeli Achita Nkhondo ndi Akanaani Otsala

1Atamwalira Yoswa Aisraeli anafunsa Yehova kuti, “Ndani mwa ife ayambe nkhondo yomenyana ndi Akanaani?”

Yehova anayankha kuti, “Fuko la Yuda ndilo liyambe kupita. Ndawapatsa dzikolo mʼmanja mwawo.”

Choncho Ayuda anawuza abale awo a fuko la Simeoni kuti, “Bwerani tipitire limodzi mʼdziko limene tapatsidwa kuti tikamenyane ndi Akanaani. Ifenso tidzapita nanu mʼdziko limene anakugawirani.” Ndipo Asimeoni anapita nawo.

Choncho Ayuda ananyamuka, ndipo Yehova anapereka Akanaani ndi Aperezi mʼmanja mwawo. Ndipo anapha anthu 10,000 ku Bezeki. Ku Bezekiko anakumana ndi ankhondo a mfumu Adoni-Bezeki ndipo anamenyana nawo, ndipo Ayudawo anagonjetsa Akanaani ndi Aperezi. Adoni-Bezekiyo anathawa, koma anamuthamangira ndi kumupeza, namugwira. Atamugwira anamudula zala zake zazikulu za ku manja ndi miyendo.

Tsono Adoni-Bezeki anati, “Mafumu 70 omwe anadulidwa zala zazikulu za ku manja ndi miyendo yawo ankatola nyenyeswa pansi pa tebulo langa. Mulungu tsopano wandibwezera zomwe ndinawachita.” Kenaka anapita naye ku Yerusalemu ndipo anafera komweko.

Pambuyo pake Ayuda anakathira nkhondo mzinda wa Yerusalemu ndipo anawulanda. Anapha anthu ambiri ndi kutentha mzinda wonse.

Kenaka Ayuda anapita kukamenyana ndi Akanaani omwe amakhala ku dziko la ku mapiri, dziko la Negevi kummwera ndiponso mu zigwa. 10 Anakalimbananso ndi Akanaani amene ankakhala ku Hebroni (mzinda womwe kale unkatchedwa Kiriyati-Araba). Kumeneko anagonjetsa Sesai, Ahimani ndi Talimai.

11 Kuchokera kumeneko, iwo anakathira nkhondo anthu amene ankakhala ku Debri (mzindawu poyamba unkatchedwa Kiriati Seferi). 12 Tsono Kalebe anati, “Munthu amene angathire nkhondo mzinda wa Kiriati Seferi ndi kuwulanda, ndidzamupatsa mwana wanga Akisa kuti akhale mkazi wake.” 13 Otanieli mwana wa Kenazi, mngʼono wake wa Kalebe, ndiye anawulanda. Choncho Kalebe anamupatsa mwana wake Akisa kuti akhale mkazi wake.

14 Tsiku lina atafika Akisayo, Otanieli anamuwumiriza mkazi wakeyo kuti apemphe munda kwa Kalebe abambo ake. Pamene Akisa anatsika pa bulu wake, Kalebe anamufunsa kuti, “Kodi ukufuna ndikuchitire chiyani?”

15 Iye anayankha kuti, “Mundikomere mtima. Popeza mwandipatsa ku Negevi, kumalo kumene kulibe madzi, mundipatsenso akasupe amadzi.” Choncho Kalebe anamupatsa akasupe a kumtunda ndi a kumunsi.

16 Tsono zidzukulu za Hobabu, Mkeni uja, mpongozi wa Mose, zinachoka ku Yeriko mzinda wa migwalangwa pamodzi ndi anthu a fuko la Yuda mpaka ku chipululu chimene chili kummwera kwa Aradi ndi kukakhala ndi Aamaleki.

17 Kenaka anthu a fuko la Yuda anapita pamodzi ndi abale awo a fuko la Simeoni ndi kukagonjetsa Akanaani amene amakhala ku Zefati, ndipo mzindawo anawuwononga kwambiri. Choncho mzindawo anawutcha Horima. 18 Anthu a fuko la Yuda analandanso mzinda wa Gaza ndi dziko lonse lozungulira, mzinda wa Asikeloni pamodzi ndi dziko lake lonse lozungulira, ndi mzinda wa Ekroni pamodzi ndi dziko lonse lozungulira.

19 Yehova anathandiza anthu a fuko la Yuda. Iwo analanda dziko la kumapiri, koma sanathe kuwachotsa anthu ku zigwa, chifukwa anali ndi magaleta azitsulo. 20 Monga analonjezera Mose, Kalebe anapatsidwa Hebroni. Kalebe anapirikitsa mafuko atatu a Anaki mu mzindamo. 21 Koma fuko la Benjamini linalephera kuwachotsa Ayebusi, amene amakhala mu Yerusalemu. Choncho Ayebusiwo akukhalabe ndi fuko la Benjamini mu Yerusalemu mpaka lero.

22 A banja la Yosefe nawonso anathira nkhondo mzinda wa Beteli, ndipo Yehova anali nawo. 23 Anatumiza anthu kuti akazonde Beteli. Mzindawo kale unkatchedwa Luzi. 24 Anthu okazondawo anaona munthu akutuluka mu mzindamo ndipo anamuwuza kuti, “Tisonyeze njira yolowera mu mzindamu, ndipo ife tidzakuchitira chifundo.” 25 Choncho iye anawaonetsa njirayo, ndipo iwo anapha anthu onse mu mzindamo ndi lupanga koma munthu uja pamodzi ndi banja lake sanawaphe. 26 Ndipo iye anapita ku dziko la Ahiti, kumene anamangako mzinda nawutcha dzina lake Luzi. Mpaka lero lino mzindawo dzina lake ndi lomwelo.

27 Koma a fuko la Manase sanachotse nzika za mzinda wa Beti-Seani pamodzi ndi mʼmidzi yake yozungulira, kapena nzika za mzinda wa Taanaki ndi mʼmidzi yake yozungulira, kapenanso nzika za mzinda wa Dori ndi mʼmidzi yake yozungulira. Iwo sanapirikitse nzika za mzinda wa Ibuleamu ndi mʼmidzi yake yozungulira, kapena mzinda wa Megido ndi mʼmidzi yake yozungulira. Choncho Akanaani anapitirirabe kukhala mʼdzikomo. 28 Aisraeli atakhala amphamvu, anawagwiritsa Akanaaniwo ntchito yakalavulagaga, koma sanawapirikitse. 29 Nawonso Aefereimu sanathamangitse Akanaani amene amakhala mu Gezeri, choncho Akanaaniwo ankakhalabe pakati pawo ku Gezeriko. 30 Azebuloni sanathamangitse Akanaani amene amakhala mu Kitironi kapena a ku Nahaloli. Iwo ankakhala pakati pawo ndipo ankawagwiritsa ntchito yakalavulagaga. 31 A fuko la Aseri nawo sanathamangitse amene amakhala mu Ako, Sidoni, Ahilabu, Akizibu, Heliba, Afiki, ndi Rehobu. 32 Choncho anthu a fuko la Aseri anakhala pakati pa Akanaani amene ankakhala mʼdzikomo popeza sanawapirikitse. 33 Nalonso fuko la Nafutali silinathamangitse anthu amene ankakhala ku Beti Semesi kapena ku Beti Anati. Koma Anafutaliwo ankakhala pakati pa Akanaaniwo mʼdzikomo. Koma anthu amene ankakhala ku Beti Semesi ndi ku Beti Anati anawasandutsa kukhala ogwira ntchito yathangata. 34 Aamori anapirikitsira anthu a fuko la Dani ku dziko la ku mapiri popeza sanawalole kuti atsikire ku chigwa. 35 Aamori anatsimikiza mtima zokhalabe ku phiri la Hara-Heresi, ku Ayaloni, ndiponso ku Saalibimu. Koma a fuko la Yosefe anakula mphamvu ndipo anagwiritsa Aamoriwo ntchito yakalavulagaga. 36 Malire a Aamori anayambira ku chikweza cha Akirabimu nʼkulowera ku Sela napitirira kumapita chakumapiri ndithu.