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Chapter 1[edit]

1 After the death of Joshua, the Children of Israel asked God: "Who will go and fight the Ca'ananites?"
2 God said: "Judah should fight, I have given him the land."
3 And Judah said to Simeon his brother: "Come with me with my destiny, so we can fight the Ca'ananites and I will come with you and your destiny likewise."
4 Judah fought after God gave them the Ca'ananites and Perizites and ten thousand men were killed at Bezek.

5 They found Adoni Bezek in Bezek, and fought against him, and defeated the Caananites and the Perizzites. 6 Adoni Bezek fled, and they pursued him and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes. 7 Adoni Bezek said, "Seventy kings[1] with their thumbs and big toes cut off, would eat scraps from the floor beneath my table. As I have done, just so God has repaid me." They brought to Jerusalem, and he died there.

8 Now the people of Judah waged war against Jerusalem, and captured it, and killed its inhabitants[2] and set it on fire. 9 And afterward the Judahites went down to wage war against the Canaanites who lived in the hills, and in the Negev, and in the Shephelah. 10 Judah went against the Canaanites inhabiting Hebron (now the name of Hebron used to be Kiriath Arba) and they killed Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai. 11 From there they went against the inhabitants of Debir (and the name of Debir used to be Kiriath Sepher).

12 And Caleb said, "Whoever attacks Kiriath Sepher and captures it, I will give him my daughter Achsah as his wife." 13 Then Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, captured it. So he gave him his daughter Achsah to be his wife. 14 Now, when she came to him, persuaded him to ask her father for a field. She got down from a donkey, and Caleb said do her, "What do you want?"

15 She said to him, "Grant me a blessing, because you have given me a land in the Negev, give me springs of water." So Caleb gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.

16 The descendants of the Kenite, Moses' father-in-law, went up from the City of Palms with the Judahites into the wilderness of Judah, in the Negev of Arad, and they went and dwelled among the people. 17 Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they killed the Canaanites who dwelt in Zephath, and exterminated[3] it. The name of the city was called Hormah.[4] 18 Judah captured Gaza with its territory, Ashkelon with its territory, and Ekron with its territory. 19 Yahweh was with Judah, and he drove out the inhabitants of the hill-country, but he could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley because they had chariots of Iron. 20 They gave Hebron to caleb, as Moses had commanded, and he drove out from there the three sons of the Anak. 21 But the Benjamites did not drive out the Jebusites who inhabited Jerusalem. So the Jebusites live alongside the Benjamites to the present day.

22 In addition, the house of Joseph went up against Bethel, and Yahweh was with them. 23 The house of Joseph sent out men to spy out Bethel (its name used to be Luz). 24 The spies saw a man going out from the city, and they said to him, "Show us how to get into the city, and we will spare your life."[5] 25 So he showed them how to get into the city, and they killed its inhabitants,[6] but they let the man and his clan leave. 26 This man went to the land of the Hittites, and build a city, and named it Luz, which is its name to the present day.

27 The Manassites did not drive out [the inhabitants] of Beth Shean and its villages, Tanaach and its villages, the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, the inhabitants of Yibleam and its villages, the inhabitants of Megiddo and its villages. The Canaanites were determined to stay in the region. 28 Once Israel was strong, they put the Canaanites to forced labor, and did not drive them out.

29 Ephraim did not drive out the Canaanites who inhabited Gezer, and the Canaanites lived among them in Gezer.

30 Zebulun did not drive out the inhabitants of Kitron and the inhabitants of Nahalol, so the Canaanites lived among them are were put to forced labor.

31 Asher did not drive out the inhabitants of Akko, the inhabitants of Sidon, Ahlab, Achzib, Helbah, Aphik, or Rehob. 32 The Asherites lived among the Canaanites who inhabited the land, because they did not drive them out.

33 Naphtali did not drive out the inhabitants of Beth Shemesh and the inhabitants of Beth Anah, and they dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land. The inhabitants of Beth Shemesh and Beth Anah were put to forced labor for them.

34 The Amorites pushed the Danites into the hill-country, because they would not allow them to come down to the valley. 35 The Amorites were determined to stay in Mount Heres in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim. They were overpowered by the house of Joseph, and they were put to forced labor. 36 The territory of the Amorites was from the ascent of Akrabbim, from the rock and upward.

Judges 2-4[edit]

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Judges 5[edit]

0 And Devorah(Deborah) and Varak son of Avino'am did sing(S) on that day(R), saying (S):

1 In Israel's wild-haired outburst, in volunteering, a nation sanctified Yahweh.

2 Listen, kings, attention (R) nobles, (S) I, to Yahweh, I shall sing. My tune(R) to Yahweh, God of Israel.

3 Yahweh, as you exited Sa'ir, in your strides from Edom's field(S), Earth rumbled, also the skies dripped(S) and rainclouds dripped(R) water.(S) 4 Mountains flowed before Yahweh. This being(R) Sinai. Before Yahweh, the God of Israel.(S)

5 In the days of Shamgar son of (R) 'anat, (S) in the days of Ya'al, the mainroads stopped, and the wayfarers did walk roundabout roads.(S) 6 They no more decreed on Israel,(R) no more, (S) until I arose, Deborah, arose as a mother of Israel.(S) 7 He did chose (R) new Gods, then war at the gates. Will a shield and a spear be seen among forty thousand in Israel?(S)

8 My heart goes out (R) to Israel's lawmakers, (S) the volunteers of the nation. Bless(R) Yahweh.(S) 9 Those riding pure-white mules,(S) sitting (R) in judgement, and walking the upright path, hold forth.(S) 10 In archers' voices, inbetween (R) the water wells,(S) there will Yahweh's righteousness be carried forth. (S) The righteousness of his nobility in Israel(S). Then to the gates (R) Yahweh's nation will descend(S). 11 Arise, Deborah, arise.(S) Arise, arise, speak song.(S) Stand, Varak and capture your captors, son (R)of Avino'am.(S)

12 Then the fragment oversaw the nation's mighty.(S) Yahweh had me oversee champions.(S) 13 Ephraim's kind, their roots(R) of 'amalek(S), after you comes Benjamin, in your people.(S) From Machir's line descended lawmakers.(S) Out of Zvulun, carriers of the (R) census staff.(S) 14 And my ministers from Isaschar are with Deborah.(S) And as is Isaschar(R), so is Barak. In the valley, dispatched at his hands [7], In Reuben's divisions are the great bearers (R) of heart.(S) 15 Why did you sit between the sheepfolds, to listen to the whistles of the herders? In Reuben's divisions are the great seekers (R) of heart(S). 16 Gil'ad, in the trans-Jordan dwells,(S) and Dan, why will he wander on ships,(S) that return to (R) sea shores?(S) And on its bays will dwell.(S) 17 Zvulun, (R) a people who risks its life onto death, and Naftali, on the (R) high fields.(S)

18 Kings came, and battled.(S) Then the kings of Canaan battled. In Ta'nach on (R) Megido's waters (S), they took no wage of silver.(S) 19 Of (R) the skies, they battled.(S) The stars on their tracks battled with (R) Sisra.(S) 20 The Kishon creek dragged them.(S) Ancient Kishon creek, steep my soul (R) in courage.(S) 21 Then the horses hooves stamped with the (R) gallopping (S) gallops of its mighty warriors.(S) 22 "Accursed Maroz", said an angel of Yahweh, "be cursed, its accursed settlers." (R) Because they did not come to Yahweh's aid, (S) to aid (R) Yahweh with the champions.(S)

23 Of the women, be blessed Ya'el, wife of Chever (R) the Keynite.(S) Of all the women in the tent, be blessed.(S) 24 He pleaded "Water", she gave milk.(S) In the chalice of the mighty, she offered (R) butter.(S) 25 To the tent-pin she sent her hand,(S) and her right hand(R) to the worker's hammer.(S) And she struck Sisra, smashed (R) his head(S), And she split it right through his temples.(S) 26 Between her legs he crouched, fell, lay.(S) Between her legs, crouched, (R) fell(S). In that he crouched, there he fell, plundered.(S)

27 Out the window Sisra's mother, appeared, and worried over the lattice. (S) Why does his chariot hesitate to come? (S) Why are the stomps of his chariots late?(S) 28 The wisest of her female minister answered her,(S) Even she could come back with (R)her own answer(S) 29 For will they not find and divide plunder?(S) A broad bosom or two for each guy?(S) Plundered dyed cloth for Sisra? Plunder of embroidered colored plunder? Colored embroidery for the necks of the spoilers?(S)

30 Thus will all your enemies be lost, Yahweh(R), and those who love him, as the sunrise in his might.(S) And the land quieted for forty years.(R)(Sh)

Judges 6-21[edit]

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  1. The word "king" is used not just for rulers of large states in the Bible, but also for people ruling an area as small as a single town.
  2. killed its inhabitants: literally, struck it to the mouth of a sword
  3. Hebrew, herem, a word referring to the killing of the entire population of a conquered area as an offering to God.
  4. Hormah, as spelled in Hebrew hrmh, looks like the word for extermination (herem, spelled hrm).
  5. spare your life: literally, show you kindness.
  6. killed its inhabitants: literally, struck the city to the mouth of a sword.
  7. The actual translation is dispatched at his _feet_, but since this is decribing a group of armies it is probable that each "foot" is an infantry. This double-meaning doesn't work in English, but hands works.

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