1 Now after the
death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel
asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites
first, to fight against them?
2 And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered
the land into his hand.
3 And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, Come up with me into
my lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise
will go with thee into thy lot. So Simeon went with him.
4 And Judah went up; and the LORD delivered the Canaanites and
the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek
ten thousand men.
5 And they found Adoni-bezek in Bezek: and they fought against
him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites.
6 But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught
him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.
7 And Adoni-bezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their
thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under
my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me. And they
brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.
8 Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and
had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and
set the city on fire.
9 And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against
the Canaanites, that dwelt in the mountain, and in the south,
and in the valley.
10 And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron:
(now the name of Hebron before was Kirjath-arba:) and they slew
Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai.
11 And from thence he went against the inhabitants of Debir:
and the name of Debir before was Kirjath-sepher:
12 And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjath-sepher, and taketh
it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife.
13 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took
it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife.
14 And it came to pass, when she came to him, that she moved
him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted from off her
ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou?
15 And she said unto him, Give me a blessing: for thou hast
given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And Caleb
gave her the upper springs and the nether springs.
16 And the children of the Kenite, Moses' father in law, went
up out of the city of palm trees with the children of Judah
into the wilderness of Judah, which lieth in the south of Arad;
and they went and dwelt among the people.
17 And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they slew the
Canaanites that inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it.
And the name of the city was called Hormah.
18 Also Judah took Gaza with the coast thereof, and Askelon
with the coast thereof, and Ekron with the coast thereof.
19 And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants
of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of
the valley, because they had chariots of iron.
20 And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, as Moses said: and he expelled
thence the three sons of Anak.
21 And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites
that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children
of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.
22 And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Bethel:
and the LORD was with them.
23 And the house of Joseph sent to descry Bethel. (Now the name
of the city before was Luz.)
24 And the spies saw a man come forth out of the city, and they
said unto him, Shew us, we pray thee, the entrance into the
city, and we will shew thee mercy.
25 And when he shewed them the entrance into the city, they
smote the city with the edge of the sword; but they let go the
man and all his family.
26 And the man went into the land of the Hittites, and built
a city, and called the name thereof Luz: which is the name thereof
unto this day.
27 Neither did Manasseh drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shean
and her towns, nor Taanach and her towns, nor the inhabitants
of Dor and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and her
towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns: but the
Canaanites would dwell in that land.
28 And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put
the Canaanites to tribute, and did not utterly drive them out.
29 Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites that dwelt in
Gezer; but the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.
30 Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants of Kitron,
nor the inhabitants of Nahalol; but the Canaanites dwelt among
them, and became tributaries.
31 Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor
the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of
Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob:
32 But the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants
of the land: for they did not drive them out.
33 Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh,
nor the inhabitants of Beth-anath; but he dwelt among the Canaanites,
the inhabitants of the land: nevertheless the inhabitants of
Beth-shemesh and of Beth-anath became tributaries unto them.
34 And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain:
for they would not suffer them to come down to the valley:
35 But the Amorites would dwell in mount Heres in Aijalon, and
in Shaalbim: yet the hand of the house of Joseph prevailed,
so that they became tributaries.
36 And the coast of the Amorites was from the going up to Akrabbim,
from the rock, and upward.
1 And an angel
of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made
you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land
which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break
my covenant with you.
2 And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land;
ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my
voice: why have ye done this?
3 Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before
you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods
shall be a snare unto you.
4 And it came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spake these
words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted
up their voice, and wept.
5 And they called the name of that place Bochim: and they sacrificed
there unto the LORD.
6 And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel
went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land.
7 And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and
all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen
all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel.
8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died,
being an hundred and ten years old.
9 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnath-heres,
in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash.
10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers:
and there arose another generation after them, which knew not
the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.
11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD,
and served Baalim:
12 And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought
them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the
gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves
unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.
13 And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.
14 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he
delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them,
and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about,
so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.
15 Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against
them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn
unto them: and they were greatly distressed.
16 Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them
out of the hand of those that spoiled them.
17 And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they
went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them:
they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked
in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; but they did not so.
18 And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was
with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their
enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD
because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed
them and vexed them.
19 And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned,
and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following
other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased
not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.
20 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he
said, Because that this people hath transgressed my covenant
which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto
21 I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them
of the nations which Joshua left when he died:
22 That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep
the way of the LORD to walk therein, as their fathers did keep
it, or not.
23 Therefore the LORD left those nations, without driving them
out hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.
1 Now these are
the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them, even
as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan;
2 Only that the generations of the children of Israel might
know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing
3 Namely, five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites,
and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon,
from mount Baal-hermon unto the entering in of Hamath.
4 And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they
would hearken unto the commandments of the LORD, which he commanded
their fathers by the hand of Moses.
5 And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites,
and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites:
6 And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave
their daughters to their sons, and served their gods.
7 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD,
and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves.
8 Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and
he sold them into the hand of Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia:
and the children of Israel served Chushan-rishathaim eight years.
9 And when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD
raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered
them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.
10 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel,
and went out to war: and the LORD delivered Chushan-rishathaim
king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against
11 And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of
12 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of
the LORD: and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against
Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD.
13 And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek,
and went and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees.
14 So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen
15 But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the
LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite,
a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present
unto Eglon the king of Moab.
16 But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit
length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right
17 And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon
was a very fat man.
18 And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent
away the people that bare the present.
19 But he himself turned again from the quarries that were by
Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king:
who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out from
20 And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour,
which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message
from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat.
21 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from
his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:
22 And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed
upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of
his belly; and the dirt came out.
23 Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors
of the parlour upon him, and locked them.
24 When he was gone out, his servants came; and when they saw
that, behold, the doors of the parlour were locked, they said,
Surely he covereth his feet in his summer chamber.
25 And they tarried till they were ashamed: and, behold, he
opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key,
and opened them: and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead
on the earth.
26 And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the
quarries, and escaped unto Seirath.
27 And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet
in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went
down with him from the mount, and he before them.
28 And he said unto them, Follow after me: for the LORD hath
delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they
went down after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward Moab,
and suffered not a man to pass over.
29 And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men,
all lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man.
30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And
the land had rest fourscore years.
31 And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of
the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also