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 favour. 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 Benjaminites, however, did not drive out the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem; to this day the Jebusites live there with the Benjaminites.
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 labour 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 labour. 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 labourers 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 labour. 36The boundary of the Amorites was from Scorpion Pass to Sela and beyond.
Aisraeli Achita Nkhondo ndi Akanaani Otsala
1Atamwalira Yoswa Aisraeli anafunsa Yehova kuti, “Ndani mwa ife ayambe nkhondo yomenyana ndi Akanaani?”
2Yehova anayankha kuti, “Fuko la Yuda ndilo liyambe kupita. Ndawapatsa dzikolo mʼmanja mwawo.”
3Choncho 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.
4Choncho Ayuda ananyamuka, ndipo Yehova anapereka Akanaani ndi Aperezi mʼmanja mwawo. Ndipo anapha anthu 10,000 ku Bezeki. 5Ku Bezekiko anakumana ndi ankhondo a mfumu Adoni-Bezeki ndipo anamenyana nawo, ndipo Ayudawo anagonjetsa Akanaani ndi Aperezi. 6Adoni-Bezekiyo anathawa, koma anamuthamangira ndi kumupeza, namugwira. Atamugwira anamudula zala zake zazikulu za ku manja ndi miyendo.
7Tsono 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.
8Pambuyo pake Ayuda anakathira nkhondo mzinda wa Yerusalemu ndipo anawulanda. Anapha anthu ambiri ndi kutentha mzinda wonse.
9Kenaka Ayuda anapita kukamenyana ndi Akanaani omwe amakhala ku dziko la ku mapiri, dziko la Negevi kummwera ndiponso mu zigwa. 10Anakalimbananso ndi Akanaani amene ankakhala ku Hebroni (mzinda womwe kale unkatchedwa Kiriyati-Araba). Kumeneko anagonjetsa Sesai, Ahimani ndi Talimai.
11Kuchokera kumeneko, iwo anakathira nkhondo anthu amene ankakhala ku Debri (mzindawu poyamba unkatchedwa Kiriati Seferi). 12Tsono Kalebe anati, “Munthu amene angathire nkhondo mzinda wa Kiriati Seferi ndi kuwulanda, ndidzamupatsa mwana wanga Akisa kuti akhale mkazi wake.” 13Otanieli mwana wa Kenazi, mngʼono wake wa Kalebe, ndiye anawulanda. Choncho Kalebe anamupatsa mwana wake Akisa kuti akhale mkazi wake.
14Tsiku 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?”
15Iye anayankha kuti, “Mundikomere mtima. Popeza mwandipatsa ku Negevi, kumalo kumene kulibe madzi, mundipatsenso akasupe amadzi.” Choncho Kalebe anamupatsa akasupe a kumtunda ndi a kumunsi.
16Tsono 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.
17Kenaka 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. 18Anthu 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.
19Yehova anathandiza anthu a fuko la Yuda. Iwo analanda dziko la kumapiri, koma sanathe kuwachotsa anthu ku zigwa, chifukwa anali ndi magaleta azitsulo. 20Monga analonjezera Mose, Kalebe anapatsidwa Hebroni. Kalebe anapirikitsa mafuko atatu a Anaki mu mzindamo. 21Koma fuko la Benjamini linalephera kuwachotsa Ayebusi, amene amakhala mu Yerusalemu. Choncho Ayebusiwo akukhalabe ndi fuko la Benjamini mu Yerusalemu mpaka lero.
22A banja la Yosefe nawonso anathira nkhondo mzinda wa Beteli, ndipo Yehova anali nawo. 23Anatumiza anthu kuti akazonde Beteli. Mzindawo kale unkatchedwa Luzi. 24Anthu okazondawo anaona munthu akutuluka mu mzindamo ndipo anamuwuza kuti, “Tisonyeze njira yolowera mu mzindamu, ndipo ife tidzakuchitira chifundo.” 25Choncho iye anawaonetsa njirayo, ndipo iwo anapha anthu onse mu mzindamo ndi lupanga koma munthu uja pamodzi ndi banja lake sanawaphe. 26Ndipo iye anapita ku dziko la Ahiti, kumene anamangako mzinda nawutcha dzina lake Luzi. Mpaka lero lino mzindawo dzina lake ndi lomwelo.
27Koma 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. 28Aisraeli atakhala amphamvu, anawagwiritsa Akanaaniwo ntchito yakalavulagaga, koma sanawapirikitse. 29Nawonso Aefereimu sanathamangitse Akanaani amene amakhala mu Gezeri, choncho Akanaaniwo ankakhalabe pakati pawo ku Gezeriko. 30Azebuloni sanathamangitse Akanaani amene amakhala mu Kitironi kapena a ku Nahaloli. Iwo ankakhala pakati pawo ndipo ankawagwiritsa ntchito yakalavulagaga. 31A fuko la Aseri nawo sanathamangitse amene amakhala mu Ako, Sidoni, Ahilabu, Akizibu, Heliba, Afiki, ndi Rehobu. 32Choncho anthu a fuko la Aseri anakhala pakati pa Akanaani amene ankakhala mʼdzikomo popeza sanawapirikitse. 33Nalonso 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. 34Aamori anapirikitsira anthu a fuko la Dani ku dziko la ku mapiri popeza sanawalole kuti atsikire ku chigwa. 35Aamori 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. 36Malire a Aamori anayambira ku chikweza cha Akirabimu nʼkulowera ku Sela napitirira kumapita chakumapiri ndithu.