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.

Footnotes

  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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

士师记 1

犹大支派攻打迦南人

1约书亚去世以后,以色列人求问耶和华:“我们哪一个支派先上去攻打迦南人呢?” 耶和华说:“犹大支派先去,我已把那片土地交在他们手中了。” 犹大人对西缅人说:“请跟我们一同到我们分得的地方攻打迦南人,我们也会同样帮助你们。”于是,西缅人便与犹大人同去。 犹大人攻打迦南人和比利洗人,耶和华使他们得胜,在比色杀了一万敌军。 他们又在那里遇见亚多尼·比色,与他交战,打败了他带领的迦南人和比利洗人。 亚多尼·比色逃跑,他们追上去擒住他,砍掉他的大拇指和大脚趾。 亚多尼·比色说:“从前七十个王的大拇指和大脚趾被我砍掉,在我桌下捡食物碎屑,现在上帝照我的行为报应我了。”他们把他带到耶路撒冷,他死在了那里。

犹大人攻陷耶路撒冷,杀了城内的所有居民,并放火焚城。 随后,他们下去攻打住在山区、南地和丘陵的迦南人, 10 又进攻住在希伯仑的迦南人,杀了示筛、亚希幔和挞买。希伯仑从前叫基列·亚巴。

11 他们从那里出兵攻打底璧,那里从前叫基列·西弗。 12 迦勒说:“谁攻取基列·西弗,我就把女儿押撒嫁给他。” 13 迦勒的兄弟基纳斯的儿子俄陀聂攻取了那城,迦勒便把女儿押撒嫁给他。 14 押撒出嫁的时候,劝丈夫向她父亲要一块田。她刚下驴,迦勒便问她:“你想要什么?” 15 她回答说:“求你恩待我,你既然把南部的干地赐给我,求你也把水泉给我吧。”于是,迦勒把上泉和下泉都给了她。

16 摩西岳父的后代基尼人和犹大人一同离开棕树城[a],到犹大南部旷野的亚拉得附近,跟当地人一起居住。 17 之后,犹大人随西缅人一起攻打洗法城内的迦南人,彻底毁灭了那城。因此那城叫何珥玛[b] 18 犹大人又夺取了迦萨、亚实基伦和以革伦三座城邑及周围地区。 19 耶和华与犹大人同在。他们攻占了山区,却没能赶走平原的居民,因为那里的人有铁战车。 20 照摩西的吩咐,迦勒得到了希伯仑。他把亚衲三族的人从那里赶走。 21 便雅悯人没有赶走居住在耶路撒冷的耶布斯人,耶布斯人至今仍和他们住在一起。

22 约瑟家族也上去攻打伯特利,耶和华与他们同在。 23 他们先派人去打探伯特利,那里从前名叫路斯。 24 探子看见一个人从城里出来,就对他说:“请你告诉我们进城的路,我们必善待你。” 25 那人便告诉他们进城的路,他们杀了城内所有的居民,只放走了那人及其全家。 26 后来,那人搬到赫人的地方,筑了一座城,称之为路斯,沿用至今。

27 玛拿西人没有赶走伯·善、他纳、多珥、以伯莲和米吉多众城邑及周围村庄的居民,因为这些迦南人执意住在那里。 28 以色列人强盛时,就强迫他们服劳役,却没有全部赶走他们。

29 以法莲人没有赶走住在基色的迦南人,这些迦南人仍然住在他们当中。

30 西布伦人没有赶走基伦和拿哈拉的居民,这些迦南人仍然住在他们当中,为他们服劳役。

31 亚设人没有赶走亚柯、西顿、亚黑拉、亚革悉、黑巴、亚弗革和利合的居民, 32 于是亚设人住在这些迦南人当中。

33 拿弗他利人没有赶走伯·示麦和伯·亚纳的居民,于是就住在这些迦南人当中,强迫他们服劳役。

34 亚摩利人强迫但人住在山区,不准他们下到平原。 35 亚摩利人执意住在希烈山、亚雅伦和沙宾,但约瑟家族强盛时,就强迫他们服劳役。 36 亚摩利人的边界从亚克拉滨山坡起,一直到西拉以北。

Footnotes

  1. 1:16 棕树城”即“耶利哥”。
  2. 1:17 何珥玛”意思是“覆灭之城”。