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Judges 1

The acts of Judah and Simeon.

Judges 1:1 After the death of Iosua the children of Israel axed the LORDE, and sayde: Who shall go vp & be or captayne of warre against ye Cananites? Judges 1:2 The LORDE sayde: Iuda shall go vp. Beholde, I haue delyuered the londe in to his hande. Judges 1:3 Then sayde Iuda vnto his brother Simeon: Go vp wt me in to my lot, and let vs fighte against the Cananites, then wyl I go agayne with the in to yi lot: So Simeon wente with him. Judges 1:4 Now whan Iuda wente vp the LORDE delyuered the Cananites and Pheresites in to their hades, & they slewe te thousande me at Besek:

Adoni-bezek justly requited.

Judges 1:5 & they foude Adoni Besek at Besek, & foughte agaynst him, and slewe the Cananites and Pheresites. Judges 1:6 But Adoni Besek fled, and they folowed after him: and whan they had ouertaken him, they cut of the thobes of his handes and fete. Judges 1:7 Then sayde Adoni Besek: Thre score and ten kynges wt the thombes of their hades & fete cut of, gathered vp the meate yt was lefte vnder my table. Now as I haue done, so hath God rewarded me agayne. And he was broughte vnto Ierusale, where he dyed.

Jerusalem taken.

Judges 1:8 But ye childre of Iuda foughte agaynst Ierusalem, and wane it, and smote it with the edge of the swerde, and set fyre vpon the cite.

Judges 1:9 Then wente the children of Israel downe, to fighte agaynst ye Cananites, yt dwelt vpon the mount, and towarde the south, and in the valleys.

Hebron taken.

Judges 1:10 And Iuda wente agaynst the Cananites, which dwelt at Hebron. (As for Hebron, it was called Kiriatharba afore tyme) and they smote Sesai, & Achiman, and Thalmai. Judges 1:11 And from thence he wente agaynst ye inhabiters of Debir (but Debir was called Kiriath Sepher aforetyme.) Judges 1:12 And Caleb sayde: He yt smyteth Kiriath Sepher, & wynneth it, I wyl geue him my doughter Achsa to wife.

Othniel hath Achsah to wife for taking of Debir.

Judges 1:13 Then Athniel the sonne of Kenas, Calebs yongest brother wane it. And he gaue him his doughter Achsa to wife. Judges 1:14 And it fortuned yt whan they wete in, she was counceled of hir housbande, to axe a pece of londe of hir father. And she fell from the asse. The sayde Caleb vnto her: What ayleth ye? Judges 1:15 She sayde: Geue me a blessynge, for thou hast geuen me a south & drye londe, geue me also a watery londe. Then gaue he her a londe that was watery aboue and beneth.

The Kenites dwell in Judah.

Judges 1:16 And the childre of ye Kenyte Moses brother in lawe, wente vp out of the palme cite, with the children of Iuda in to the wyldernesse of Iuda, that lyeth on ye south syde of the cite Arad: and wente their waye, & dwelt amonge the people.

Hormah, Gaza, Ashkelon, and Ekron taken.

Judges 1:17 And Iuda wente with his brother Simeon, & they smote the Cananites at Zephath, & damned them, & called the name of the cite Horma. Judges 1:18 Iuda also wanne Gasa with the borders therof, & Ascalon with hir borders, & Accaron with the coastes therof. Judges 1:19 And the LORDE was wt Iuda, so that he conquered the mountaynes: but them that dwelt in the valley coulde he not conquere, because they had yron charettes. Judges 1:20 And acordinge as Moses had sayde, they gaue Hebron vnto Caleb, which droue out the thre sonnes of Enak.

The acts of Benjamin.

Judges 1:21 Howbeit ye children of Ben Iamin droue not out ye Iebusites which dwelt at Ierusalem, but ye Iebusites dwelt amonge the children of Ben Iamin at Ierusalem vnto this daye.

Of the house of Joseph, who take Beth-el.

Judges 1:22 Likewyse the children of Ioseph wete vp also vnto Bethel, & the LORDE was wt the. Judges 1:23 And the house of Ioseph spyed out Bethel (which afore tyme was called Lus) Judges 1:24 and the watch men sawe a man goinge out of the cite, and saide vnto him: Shewe vs where we maye come in to the cite, & we wyll shewe mercy vpon the. Judges 1:25 And whan he had shewed them where they mighte come in to the cite, they smote ye cite wt the edge of the swerde: but they let the man go & all his frendes. Judges 1:26 Then wete the same man vp in to ye countre of the Hethites, & buylded a cite, and called it Lus, & so is the name of it yet vnto this daye.

Judges 1:27 And Manasses droue not out Beth Sean wt the vyllages therof, ner Thaenah with the vyllages therof, ner the inhabiters of Dor with the vyllages therof: ner the inbiters of Iebleam wt the vyllages therof, ner the inhabiters of Mageddo wt the vyllages therof, and ye Cananites beganne to dwell in the same londe. Judges 1:28 But whan Israel was mightie, he made the Cananites tributaries, and droue them not out.

Judges 1:29 In like maner Ephraim droue not out ye Cananites that dwelt at Gaser, but the Cananites dwelt amonge them at Gaser.

Of Zebulun.

Judges 1:30 Zabulon also droue not out the inhabiters of Kitron and Nahalol, but ye Cananites dwelt amonge them, & were tributaries.

Of Asher.

Judges 1:31 Asser droue not out ye inhabiters of Aco, & ye inhabiters of Sidon, of Ahelab, of Achsib, of Helba, of Aphik & of Rehob, Judges 1:32 but ye Asserites dwelt amoge the Cananites that dwelt in the lode, for they droue the not out.

Of Naphtali.

Judges 1:33 Nephtali droue not out ye inhabiters of Beth Semes, ner of Beth Anath, but dwelt amonge the Cananites which dwelt in the londe: howbeit they of Beth Semes and of Beth Anath were tributaries.

Of Dan.

Judges 1:34 And the Amorites subdued the childre of Dan vpon the mountaine, and suffred them not to come downe in to the valley. Judges 1:35 And the Amorites beganne to dwell vpo mount Heres at Aiolon and at Saalbim. Howbeit ye hande of ye house of Ioseph was to sore for them, and they became tributaries. Judges 1:36 And the border of the Amorites was, as a ma goeth vp towarde Acrabim, and from the rocke, & from the toppe.

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