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1After the death of Joshua the people of Israel inquired of the Lord, “Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?” 2The Lord said, “Judah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand.” 3And Judah said to Simeon his brother, “Come up with me into the territory alloted to me, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with you into the territory allotted to you.” So Simeon went with him. 4Then Judah went up and the Lord gave the Canaanites and the Perʹizzites into their hand; and they defeated ten thousand of them at Bezek. 5They came upon Adoʹni-beʹzek at Bezek, and fought against him, and defeated the Canaanites and the Perʹizzites. 6Adoʹni-beʹzek fled; but they pursued him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes. 7And Adoʹni-beʹzek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and their great toes cut off used to pick up scraps under my table; as I have done, so God has requited me.” And they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.

8And the men of Judah fought against Jerusalem, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire. 9And afterward the men of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites who dwelt in the hill country, in the Negeb, and in the lowland. 10And Judah went against the Canaanites who dwelt in Hebron (now the name of Hebron was formerly Kirʹiath-arʹba); and they defeated Sheshai and Ahiʹman and Talmai.

11From there they went against the inhabitants of Debir. The name of Debir was formerly Kirʹiath-seʹpher. 12And Caleb said, “He who attacks Kirʹiath-seʹpher and takes it, I will give him Achsah my daughter as wife.” 13And Othʹni-el the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, took it; and he gave him Achsah his daughter as wife. 14When she came to him, she urged him to ask her father for a field; and she alighted from her ass, and Caleb said to her, “What do you wish?” 15She said to him, “Give me a present; since you have set me in the land of the Negeb, give me also springs of water.” And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.

16And the descendants of the Kenʹite, Moses’ father-in-law, went up with the people of Judah from the city of palms into the wilderness of Judah, which lies in the Negeb near Arad; and they went and settled with the people. 17And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they defeated the Canaanites who inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. So the name of the city was called Hormah. 18Judah also took Gaza with its territory, and Ashʹkelon with its territory, and Ekron with its territory. 19And the Lord was with Judah, and he took possession of the hill country, but he could not drive out the inhabitants of the plain, because they had chariots of iron. 20And Hebron was given to Caleb, as Moses had said; and he drove out from it the three sons of Anak. 21But the people of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebʹusites who dwelt in Jerusalem; so the Jebʹusites have dwelt with the people of Benjamin in Jerusalem to this day.

22The house of Joseph also went up against Bethel; and the Lord was with them. 23And the house of Joseph sent to spy out Bethel. (Now the name of the city was formerly Luz.) 24And the spies saw a man coming out of the city, and they said to him, “Pray, show us the way into the city, and we will deal kindly with you.” 25And he showed them the way into the city; and they smote the city with the edge of the sword, but they let the man and all his family go. 26And the man went to the land of the Hittites and built a city, and called its name Luz; that is its name to this day.

27Manasʹseh did not drive out the inhabitants of Beth-sheʹan and its villages, or Taʹanach and its villages, or the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, or the inhabitants of Ibleam and its villages, or the inhabitants of Megidʹdo and its villages; but the Canaanites persisted in dwelling in that land. 28When Israel grew strong, they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but did not utterly drive them out.

29And Eʹphraim did not drive out the Canaanites who dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.

30Zebʹulun did not drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, or the inhabitants of Naʹhalol; but the Canaanites dwelt among them, and became subject to forced labor.

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; 32but the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land; for they did not drive them out.

33Naphʹtali did not drive out the inhabitants of Beth-sheʹmesh, or the inhabitants of Beth-anath, but dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land; nevertheless the inhabitants of Beth-sheʹmesh and of Beth-anath became subject to forced labor for them.

34The Amorites pressed the Danites back into the hill country, for they did not allow them to come down to the plain; 35the Amorites persisted in dwelling in Har-heres, in Aiʹjalon, and in Sha-alʹbim, but the hand of the house of Joseph rested heavily upon them, and they became subject to forced labor. 36And the border of the Amorites ran from the ascent of Akrabʹbim, from Sela and upward.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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