Now it came about after the death of Joshua that the sons of Israel1inquired of the LORD, saying, "Who shall go up first for us 2against the Canaanites, to fight against them?"
The LORDsaid, "3Judah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand."
Then Judahsaid to Simeon his brother, "Come up with me into athe territoryallotted me, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and bI in turn will go with you into cthe territoryallotted you." So Simeonwent with him.
4Judahwent up, and 4the LORDgave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hands, and they ddefeatedtenthousandmen at Bezek.
They foundAdoni-bezek in Bezek and fought against him, and they edefeated the Canaanites and the Perizzites.
But Adoni-bezekfled; and they pursued him and caught him and cutoff his fthumbs and bigtoes .
7Adoni-bezeksaid, "Seventykings with their thumbs and their bigtoescutoff used to gather up scraps under my table; 5as I have done, soGod has repaid me." So they brought him to Jerusalem and he diedthere.
Then the sons of Judahfought against 6Jerusalem and captured it and struck it with the edge of the sword and set the city on fire.
9Afterward the sons of Judahwentdown to fight against the Canaanitesliving in the hillcountry and in the gNegev and in the lowland.
107So Judahwentagainst the Canaanites who lived in Hebron (now the name of Hebronformerly was Kiriath-arba ); and they struckSheshai and Ahiman and Talmai.
Then 8from there he wentagainst the inhabitants of Debir (now the name of Debirformerly was Kiriath-sepher ).
And Calebsaid, "The one whoattacksKiriath-sepher and captures it, I will even give him my daughterAchsah for a wife."
139Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb'syoungerbrother, captured it; so he gave him his daughterAchsah for a wife.
Then 10it came about when she came to him, that she persuaded him to ask her father for a field. Then she alighted from hher donkey, and Calebsaid to her, "Whatido you want?"
She said to him, "Give me a blessing, since you have given me the land of the jNegev, give me also springs of water." So Calebgave her the uppersprings and the lowersprings.
The kdescendants of 11the Kenite, Moses'father-in-law, went up from the 12city of palms with the sons of Judah, to the wilderness of Judahwhich is in the south of 13Arad; and they went and lived with the people.
Then Judahwent with Simeon his brother, and they struck the Canaanitesliving in Zephath, and utterlydestroyed it. So the name of the city was called14Hormah.
And Judahtook15Gaza with its territory and Ashkelon with its territory and Ekron with its territory.
Now the LORD was with Judah, and they tookpossession of the hillcountry; but they could not ldrive out the inhabitants of the valleybecause they had 16ironchariots.
Then they gaveHebron to Caleb, 17as Moses had mpromised; and he drove out from there18the threesons of Anak.
2119But the sons of Benjamin did not drive out the 20Jebusites who lived in Jerusalem; so the Jebusites have lived with the sons of Benjamin in Jerusalem to thisday.
Likewise the house of Josephwent up against Bethel, and the LORD was with them.
The house of Josephspied out Bethel (21now the name of the city was formerlyLuz ).
The spiessaw a mancoming out of the city and they said to him, "Pleaseshow us the entrance to the city and 22we will treat you kindly."
So he showed them the entrance to the city, and they struck the city with the edge of the sword, 23but they let the man and all his familygofree.
The manwent into the land of the Hittites and built a city and named it Luznwhich is its name to thisday.
2724But Manasseh did not takepossession of Beth-shean and its villages, or Taanach and its villages, or the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, or the inhabitants of Ibleam and its villages, or the inhabitants of Megiddo and its villages; so 25the Canaanitespersisted in living in that land.
It came about whenIsraelbecamestrong, that they put the Canaanites to forcedlabor, but they did not drive them out completely.
2926Ephraim did not drive out the Canaanites who were living in Gezer; so the Canaaniteslived in Gezeramong them.
30Zebulun did not drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, or the inhabitants of oNahalol; so the Canaaniteslivedamong them and became subject to forcedlabor.
31Asher did not drive out the inhabitants of Acco, or the inhabitants of Sidon, or of Ahlab, or of Achzib, or of Helbah, or of Aphik, or of Rehob.
So the Asheriteslivedamong the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land; for they did not drive them out.
33Naphtali did not drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh, or the inhabitants of Beth-anath, but livedamong the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land; and the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh and Beth-anathbecameforcedlabor for them.
Then the Amoritespforced the sons of Dan into the hillcountry, for they did not allow them to comedown to the valley;
yet the Amoritespersisted in qliving in MountHeres, in Aijalon and in Shaalbim; but when the rpower of the house of Josephsgrewstrong, they becameforcedlabor.
The border of the Amorites ran from the 27ascent of Akrabbim, from Sela and upward.