Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Judges Chapter 1
Metaphysically Interpreting Judges 1:1-36
1:1And it came to pass after the death of Joshua, that the children of Israel asked of Jehovah, saying, Who shall go up for us first against the Canaanites, to fight against them? 1:2And Jehovah said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand. 1:3And 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. 1:4And Judah went up; and Jehovah delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they smote of them in Bezek ten thousand men. 1:5And they found Adoni-bezek in Bezek; and they fought against him, and they smote the Canaanites and the Perizzites. 1:6But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes. 1:7And Adoni-bezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their food under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.
1:8And the children of Judah fought against Jerusalem, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire. 1:9And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites that dwelt in the hill-country, and in the South, and in the lowland. 1:10And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron (now the name of Hebron beforetime was Kiriath-arba); and they smote Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai.
1:11And from thence he went against the inhabitants of Debir. (Now the name of Debir beforetime was Kiriath-sepher.) 1:12And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kiriath-sepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife. 1:13And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife. 1:14And it came to pass, when she came unto him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she alighted from off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wouldest thou? 1:15And she said unto him, Give me a blessing; for that thou hast set me in the land of the South, give me also springs of water. And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the nether springs.
1:16And the children of the Kenite, Moses' brother-in-law, went up out of the city of palm-trees with the children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which is in the south of Arad; and they went and dwelt with the people. 1:17And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they smote the Canaanites that inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. And the name of the city was called Hormah. 1:18Also Judah took Gaza with the border thereof, and Ashkelon with the border thereof, and Ekron with the border thereof. 1:19And Jehovah was with Judah; and drove out the inhabitants of the hill-country; for he could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron. 1:20And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, as Moses had spoken: and he drove out thence the three sons of Anak. 1:21And 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.
1:22And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Beth-el; and Jehovah was with them. 1:23And the house of Joseph sent to spy out Beth-el. (Now the name of the city beforetime was Luz.) 1:24And the watchers saw a man come forth out of the city, and they said unto him, Show us, we pray thee, the entrance into the city, and we will deal kindly with thee. 1:25And he showed them the entrance into the city; and they smote the city with the edge of the sword; but they let the man go and all his family. 1:26And 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.
1:27And Manasseh did not drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shean and its towns, nor of Taanach and its towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor and its towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and its towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and its towns; but the Canaanites would dwell in that land. 1:28And it came to pass, when Israel was waxed strong, that they put the Canaanites to taskwork, and did not utterly drive them out.
1:31Asher drove not out the inhabitants of Acco, nor the inhabitants of Sidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob; 1:32but the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land; for they did not drive them out.
1:33Naphtali drove not 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 subject to taskwork.
1:34And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the hill-country; for they would not suffer them to come down to the valley; 1:35but 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 subject to taskwork. 1:36And the border of the Amorites was from the ascent of Akrabbim, from the rock, and upward.
July 9, 1944: Judges 1:20-21
When do we succeed in our undertakings? When we have the fearlessness, courage, judgment, and wisdom to see and claim the affirmative values of life. We demonstrate health, when we acknowledge Spirit as the source of our life, and refuse to be depressed by symptoms or conditions that are adverse.
To what do fear and faithlessness lead? When indulged and allowed to become fixed, these states of mind lead to failures. They are to be denied out of mind at all times, and faith in the good affirmed instead.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 12-28-2013