Judges 1:23

23 When they sent men to spy out Bethel (formerly called Luz),

Read Judges 1:23 Using Other Translations

And the house of Joseph sent to descry Bethel. (Now the name of the city before was Luz.)
And the house of Joseph scouted out Bethel. (Now the name of the city was formerly Luz.)
They sent men to scout out Bethel (formerly known as Luz).

What does Judges 1:23 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Judges 1:23

And the house of Joseph sent to descry Bethel
To reconnoitre the place, to observe its passes and avenues, which were most accessible, and to examine the walls of it, where they were weakest and least defended:

now the name of the city before [was] Luz;
which signifies a "nut"; perhaps it was so called from large numbers of nut trees which grew near it; the Jews suggest as if it was like a nut, no entrance into it but through a cave or some subterraneous passage, see ( Genesis 28:19 ) .

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