Sunday, 14 July 2024 - San Camillo de Lellis ( Letture di oggi)

Judges 1


1Now after Joshua's death, the Israelites consulted Yahweh, asking, 'Which of us is to march on theCanaanites first, to make war on them?'2And Yahweh replied, 'Judah is to march on them first; I am delivering the country into his hands.'3Judah then said to his brother Simeon, 'March with me into the territory al otted to me; we shall makewar on the Canaanites, and then I in my turn shal march into your territory with you.' And Simeon marched withhim.4So Judah marched on them, and Yahweh delivered the Canaanites and Perizzites into their hands, andthey defeated them at Bezek-ten thousand of them!5At Bezek they came upon Adoni-Bezek; they joined battle with him and defeated the Canaanites andPerizzites.6Adoni-Bezek took to flight, but they chased and captured him and cut off his thumbs and big toes.7Adoni-Bezek said, 'Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off used to pick up the crumbsunder my table. As I did, God does to me.' He was taken to Jerusalem, and there he died.8(The sons of Judah attacked Jerusalem and took it: they put its people to the sword and set fire to thecity.)9After this the sons of Judah went down to make war on the Canaanites who were living in the highlands,the Negeb and the lowlands.10Judah next marched on the Canaanites living in Hebron -- the name of Hebron in olden days wasKiriath-Arba -- and beat Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai.11From there, he marched on the inhabitants of Debir -- the name of Debir in olden days was Kiriath-Sepher.12Caleb said, 'To the man who conquers and captures Kiriath-Sepher, I shal give my daughter Achsahas wife.'13The man who captured it was Othniel son of Kenaz, younger brother of Caleb, who gave him hisdaughter Achsah as wife.14When she arrived, he urged her to ask her father for arable land, but when she alighted from thedonkey and Caleb asked her, 'What is the matter?'15she said to him, 'Grant me a blessing! As the land you have given me is the Negeb, give me springs ofwater, too!' So Caleb gave her what she wanted: the upper springs and the lower springs.16The sons of Hobab the Kenite, father-in-law of Moses, marched up with the sons of Judah from theCity of Palm Trees into the desert of Judah lying in the Negeb of Arad, where they went and settled among thepeople.17Judah then set out with his brother Simeon. They beat the Canaanites who lived in Zephath anddelivered it over to the curse of destruction; hence the town was given the name of Hormah.18Judah then captured Gaza and its territory, Ashkelon and its territory, Ekron and its territory.AndYahweh was with Judah, who made himself master of the highlands;19he could not, however, dispossess the inhabitants of the plain, since they had iron chariots.20As Moses had directed, Hebron was given to Caleb, and he drove the three sons of Anak out of it.21As regards the Jebusites living in Jerusalem, the sons of Benjamin did not dispossess them, and theJebusites have been living in Jerusalem with the sons of Benjamin ever since.22Similarly, the House of Joseph marched on Bethel, and Yahweh was with them.23The House of Joseph made a reconnaissance of Bethel. (In olden days, the name of the town wasLuz.)24The scouts saw a man coming out of the town and said to him, 'Show us how to get into the town andwe shal show you faithful love.'25And when he had shown them a way into the town, they put the town to the sword but let the man andhis whole clan go.26The man went off to the country of the Hittites and built a town which he called Luz; and that has been its name ever since.27Manasseh did not dispossess Beth-Shean and its dependencies, nor Taanach and its dependencies,nor the inhabitants of Dor and its dependencies, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and its dependencies, nor theinhabitants of Megiddo and its dependencies; in those parts the Canaanites held their ground.28But when the Israelites became stronger, they subjected the Canaanites to forced labour, althoughthey did not dispossess them.29Nor did Ephraim dispossess the Canaanites living in Gezer; thus, the Canaanites went on living inGezer with him.30Zebulun did not dispossess the inhabitants of Kitron or of Nahalol. The Canaanites lived on withZebulun but were subjected to forced labour.31Asher did not dispossess the inhabitants of Acco, nor those of Sidon, of Mahalab, of Achzib, of Helbah,of Aphek or of Rehob.32So the Asherites lived among the Canaanite inhabitants of the country, not having dispossessed them.33Naphtali did not dispossess the inhabitants of Beth-Shemesh or of Beth-Anath; they settled among theCanaanite inhabitants of the country, but the inhabitants of Beth-Shemesh and of Beth-Anath were subjected toforced labour for them.34The Amorites drove the Danites back into the highlands and would not let them come down into theplain.35The Amorites held their ground at Har -- Heres and Shaalbim, but when the hand of the House ofJoseph grew heavier, they were subjected to forced labour. (36The territory of the Edomites begins at the Ascent of Scorpions, runs to the Rock and continues onupwards.)