Bible: Judges 1:16-36

1:16 Now the descendants of the Kenite, Mosesfather-in-law, went up with the people of Judah from the City of Date Palm Trees to Arad in the desert of Judah, 1  located in the Negev. 2  They went and lived with the people of Judah. 3 

1:17 The men of Judah went with their brothers the men of Simeon 4  and defeated the Canaanites living in Zephath. They wiped out Zephath. 5  So people now call the city Hormah. 6  1:18 The men of Judah captured Gaza, Ashkelon, Ekron, and the territory surrounding each of these cities. 7 

1:19 The Lord was with the men of Judah. They conquered 8  the hill country, but they could not 9  conquer the people living in the coastal plain, because they had chariots with iron-rimmed wheels. 10  1:20 Caleb received 11  Hebron, just as Moses had promised. He drove out the three Anakites. 1:21 The men of Benjamin, however, did not conquer the Jebusites living in Jerusalem. 12  The Jebusites live with the people of Benjamin in Jerusalem to this very day. 13 

Partial Success

1:22 When the men 14  of Joseph attacked 15  Bethel, 16  the Lord was with them. 1:23 When the men of Joseph spied out Bethel (it used to be called Luz), 1:24 the spies spotted 17  a man leaving the city. They said to him, “If you show us a secret entrance into the city, we will reward you.” 1:25 He showed them a secret entrance into the city, and they put the city to the sword. But they let the man and his extended family leave safely. 1:26 He 18  moved to Hittite country and built a city. He named it Luz, and it has kept that name to this very day.

1:27 The men of Manasseh did not conquer Beth Shan, Taanach, or their surrounding towns. Nor did they conquer the people living in Dor, Ibleam, Megiddo 19  or their surrounding towns. 20  The Canaanites managed 21  to remain in those areas. 22  1:28 Whenever Israel was strong militarily, they forced the Canaanites to do hard labor, but they never totally conquered them.

1:29 The men of Ephraim did not conquer the Canaanites living in Gezer. The Canaanites lived among them in Gezer.

1:30 The men of Zebulun did not conquer the people living in Kitron and Nahalol. 23  The Canaanites lived among them and were forced to do hard labor.

1:31 The men of Asher did not conquer the people living in Acco or Sidon, 24  nor did they conquer Ahlab, Aczib, Helbah, Aphek, or Rehob. 25  1:32 The people of Asher live among the Canaanites residing in the land because they did not conquer them.

1:33 The men of Naphtali did not conquer the people living in Beth Shemesh or Beth Anath. 26  They live among the Canaanites residing in the land. The Canaanites 27  living in Beth Shemesh and Beth Anath were forced to do hard labor for them.

1:34 The Amorites forced the people of Dan to live in the hill country. They did not allow them to live in 28  the coastal plain. 1:35 The Amorites managed 29  to remain in Har Heres, 30  Aijalon, and Shaalbim. Whenever the tribe of Joseph was strong militarily, 31  the Amorites were forced to do hard labor. 1:36 The border of Amorite territory ran from the Scorpion Ascent 32  to Sela and on up. 33 

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