God delivers 10,000 Canaanites and Perizzites
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?
And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold,
I have delivered the land into his hand.
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.
(1:1-4) After Joshua died, the Israelites wondered who was going to do their killing for them. God told them not to worry; he had
selected the tribe of Judah to kill the Canaanites and steal their land.
The first killing was easy, since God delivered them into their hand, killing 10,000
Canaanites and Perizzites.
DWB: 41. The Lord delivered the
Canaanites and the Perizzites
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.
(1:4) The LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew ...
ten thousand men.
The Israelites cut off Adonibezek's thumbs and big toes
And they found Adonibezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and
But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and
cut off his thumbs and his great toes.
And Adonibezek 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.
(1:5-7) After the slaughter, they capture Adonibezek and "cut off his thumbs and great toes" to pay him back for doing the same to seventy other kings.
(Abonibezek fed his table scraps to seventy thumbless and big toe-less kings who lived under his dinner table.)
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(1:6) They ... cut off his thumbs and his great toes.
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.
Five massacres, a wedding, and some God-proof iron chariots
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.
And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron: (now the name
of Hebron before was Kirjatharba:) and they slew Sheshai, and Ahiman, and
And from thence he went against the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of
Debir before was Kirjathsepher:
(1:10-25) After the Jerusalem Massacre "the children of Judah" go on a God-assisted
killing spree, wiping out entire kingdoms "with the edge of the sword." It's hard to say how many cities were massacred,
but there were at least five: three in Hebron, along with Zephath and Bethel.
And there would have been a lot more, too, if it weren't for those damned iron chariots (v.19).
Some things are just too hard, even for God.
These killings also contain an important message about Biblical Family Values. In verses 12 and 13, God's special hero (Caleb) gave his daughter to the man who could
kill the most people. Now that's family values for you!
DWB: 43. Five massacres, a wedding,
and some God-proof iron chariots
And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjathsepher, and taketh it, to him will I give
Achsah my daughter to wife.
And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it: and he
gave him Achsah his daughter to wife.
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?
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.
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.
(1:12-13) Caleb offers to give his daughter to
whoever conquers the city of Debir. Caleb's nephew wins the contest and is given his cousin for a prize.
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.
Also Judah took Gaza with the coast thereof, and Askelon with the coast
thereof, and Ekron with the coast thereof.
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
And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, as Moses said: and he expelled thence the
three sons of Anak.
(1:17-19a) They slew the Canaanites that inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it ... And the Lord was with
Judah. (You can tell by the number of innocent people he killed.)
(1:19b) The Lord ... could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley,
because they had chariots of iron.
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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.
And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Bethel: and the LORD
was with them.
And the house of Joseph sent to descry Bethel. (Now the name of the city
before was Luz.)
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
1:25 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.
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.
Neither did Manasseh drive out the inhabitants of Bethshean 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.
And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute, and did
not utterly drive them out.
Neither did Ephraim
drive out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwelt
in Gezer among them.
Neither did Zebulun
drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants of Nahalol; but the
Canaanites dwelt among them, and became tributaries.
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
But the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land:
for they did not drive them out.
Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Bethshemesh, nor the
inhabitants of Bethanath; but he dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants
of the land: nevertheless the inhabitants of Bethshemesh and of Bethanath
became tributaries unto them.
And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain: for they
would not suffer them to come down to the valley:
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
And the coast of the Amorites was from the going up to Akrabbim, from the
rock, and upward.