1 After the death of Joshua, the sons of Israel consulted the Lord, saying, “Who will ascend before us, against the Canaanite, and who will be the commander of the war?”
2 And the Lord said: “Judah shall ascend. Behold, I have delivered the land into his hands.”
3 And Judah said to his brother Simeon, “Go up with me to my lot, and fight against the Canaanite, so that I also may go forth with you to your lot.” And Simeon went with him.
4 And Judah went up, and the Lord delivered the Canaanite, as well as the Perizzite, into their hands. And they struck down ten thousand of the men at Bezek.
5 And they found Adonibezek at Bezek, and they fought against him, and they struck down the Canaanite and the Perizzite.
6 Then Adonibezek fled. And they pursued him and captured him, and they cut off the ends of his hands and feet.
7 And Adonibezek said: “Seventy kings, with the ends of their hands and feet amputated, have been gathering the remnants of food under my table. Just as I have done, so has God repaid me.” And they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.
8 Then the sons of Judah, besieging Jerusalem, seized it. And they struck it with edge of the sword, delivering the entire city to be burned.
9 And afterward, descending, they fought against the Canaanites who were living in the mountains, and in the south, and in the plains.
10 And Judah, going forth against the Canaanites who were living at Hebron, (the name of which from antiquity was Kiriath-Arba) struck down Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai.
11 And continuing on from there, he went to the inhabitants of Debir, the old name of which was Kiriath-Sepher, that is, the City of Letters.
12 And Caleb said, “Whoever will strike Kiriath-Sepher, and will lay waste to it, I will give to him my daughter Achsah as wife.”
13 And when Othniel, the son of Kenaz, a younger brother of Caleb, had seized it, he gave his daughter Achsah to him in marriage.
14 And as she was traveling on a journey, her husband admonished her, so that she would request a field from her father. And since she had sighed while sitting on her donkey, Caleb said to her, “What is it?”
15 But she responded: “Give a blessing to me. For you have given me a dry land. Also give a watered land.” Therefore, Caleb gave to her the upper watered land and the lower watered land.
16 Now the sons of the Kenite, the relative of Moses, ascended from the City of Palms, with the sons of Judah, into the wilderness of his lot, which is toward the south of Arad. And they lived with him.
17 Then Judah went out with his brother Simeon, and together they struck the Canaanites who were living at Zephath, and they put them to death. And the name of the city was called Hormah, that is, Anathema.
18 And Judah seized Gaza, with its parts, and Ashkelon as well as Ekron, with their borders.
19 And the Lord was with Judah, and he possessed the mountains. But he was not able to wipe out the inhabitants of the valley. For they abounded with chariots armed with scythes.
20 And just as Moses had said, they gave Hebron to Caleb, who destroyed out of it the three sons of Anak.
21 But the sons of Benjamin did not wipe out the Jebusite inhabitants of Jerusalem. And the Jebusite has lived with the sons of Benjamin in Jerusalem, even to the present day.
22 The house of Joseph also ascended against Bethel, and the Lord was with them.
23 For when they were besieging the city, which was previously called Luz,
24 they saw a man departing from the city, and they said to him, “Reveal to us the entrance to the city, and we will act with mercy toward you.”
25 And when he had revealed it to them, they struck the city with the edge of the sword. But that man, and all his relatives, they released.
26 And having been sent away, he went out to the land of the Hittites, and he built a city there, and he called it Luz. And so it is called, even to the present day.
27 Likewise, Manasseh did not destroy Bethshean and Taanach, with their villages, nor the inhabitants of Dor and Ibleam and Megiddo, with their villages. And the Canaanite began to live with them.
28 Then, after Israel had grown strong, he made them tributaries, but he was not willing to destroy them.
29 And now Ephraim did not put to death the Canaanite, who was living at Gezer; instead, he lived with him.
30 Zebulun did not wipe out the inhabitants of Kitron and of Nahalal. Instead, the Canaanite lived in their midst and became their tributary.
31 Likewise, Asher did not destroy the inhabitants of Acco and Sidon, Ahlab and Achzib, and Helbah, and Aphik, and Rehob.
32 And he lived in the midst of the Canaanites, the inhabitants of that land, for he did not put them to death.
33 Naphtali also did not wipe out the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh and Bethanath. And he lived among the Canaanite inhabitants of the land. And the Beth-shemeshites and Bethanathites were tributaries to him.
34 And the Amorite hemmed in the sons of Dan on the mountain, and did not give them a place, so that they might descend to the flatlands.
35 And he lived on the mountain at Har-heres, which is translated as ‘resembling brick,’ and at Aijalon and Sha-alabbin. But the hand of the house of Joseph was very heavy, and he became a tributary to him.
36 Now the border of the Amorite was from the Ascent of the Scorpion, to the Rock and the higher places.
1 ALEPH. I am a man watching my own poverty by the rod of his indignation.
2 ALEPH. He has driven me and led me into darkness, and not into light.
3 ALEPH. Against me only, he has turned and turned again his hand, all day long.
4 BETH. My skin and my flesh, he has made old; he has crushed my bones.
5 BETH. He has built all around me, and he has encircled me with gall and hardship.
6 BETH. He has gathered me into darkness, like those who are forever dead.
7 GHIMEL. He has built against me all around, so that I may not depart. He has increased the burden of my confinement.
8 GHIMEL. Yet even when I cry out and beg, he excludes my prayer.
9 GHIMEL. He has enclosed my ways with square stones; he has subverted my paths.
10 DALETH. He has become to me like a bear lying in ambush, like a lion in hiding.
11 DALETH. He has subverted my paths, and he has broken me. He has placed me in desolation.
12 DALETH. He has bent his bow, and he has positioned me like a target for his arrows.
13 HE. He has shot into my kidneys the daughters of his quiver.
14 HE. I have become a derision to all my people, their song throughout the day.
15 HE. He has filled me with bitterness; he has inebriated me with wormwood.
16 VAU. And he has broken each one of my teeth; he has fed me with ashes.
17 VAU. And my soul has been driven away from peace; I have forgotten what is good.
18 VAU. And I said, “My end and my hope from the Lord has perished.”
19 ZAIN. Remember my poverty and my transgression, the wormwood and the gall.
20 ZAIN. I will call to mind the past, and my soul shall languish within me.
1 Unto the end, for Idithun, a psalm of David.
2 Shall not my soul be subject to God? for from him is my salvation.
3 For he is my God and my saviour: he is my protector, I shall be moved no more.
4 How long do you rush in upon a man? you all kill, as if you were thrusting down a leaning wall, and a tottering fence.
5 But they have thought to cast away my price; I ran in thirst: they blessed with their mouth, but cursed with their heart.
6 But be thou, O my soul, subject to God: for from him is my patience.
7 For he is my God and my saviour: he is my helper, I shall not be moved.
8 In God is my salvation and my glory: he is the God of my help, and my hope is in God.
22 Therefore, they said to him: “Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?”
23 He said, “I am a voice crying out in the desert, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ just as the prophet Isaiah said.”
24 And some of those who had been sent were from among the Pharisees.
25 And they questioned him and said to him, “Then why do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, and not Elijah, and not the Prophet?”
26 John answered them by saying: “I baptize with water. But in your midst stands one, whom you do not know.
27 The same is he who is to come after me, who has been placed ahead of me, the laces of whose shoes I am not worthy to loosen.”
28 These things happened in Bethania, across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
29 On the next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him, and so he said: “Behold, the Lamb of God. Behold, he who takes away the sin of the world.
30 This is the one about whom I said, ‘After me arrives a man, who has been placed ahead of me, because he existed before me.’
31 And I did not know him. Yet it is for this reason that I come baptizing with water: so that he may be made manifest in Israel.”
32 And John offered testimony, saying: “For I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove; and he remained upon him.
33 And I did not know him. But he who sent me to baptize with water said to me: ‘He over whom you will see the Spirit descending and remaining upon him, this is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
34 And I saw, and I gave testimony: that this one is the Son of God.”
35 The next day again, John was standing with two of his disciples.
36 And catching sight of Jesus walking, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.”
37 And two disciples were listening to him speaking. And they followed Jesus.
38 Then Jesus, turning around and seeing them following him, said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi (which means in translation, Teacher), where do you live?”
39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. Now it was about the tenth hour.
40 And Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who had heard about him from John and had followed him.
41 First, he found his brother Simon, and he said to him, “We have found the Messiah,” (which is translated as the Christ).
42 And he led him to Jesus. And Jesus, gazing at him, said: “You are Simon, son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas,” (which is translated as Peter).
43 On the next day, he wanted to go into Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, “Follow me.”
44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip found Nathanael, and he said to him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the Law and the Prophets: Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”
46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good be from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, and he said about him, “Behold, an Israelite in whom truly there is no deceit.”
48 Nathanael said to him, “From where do you know me?” Jesus responded and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
49 Nathanael answered him and said: “Rabbi, you are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel.”
50 Jesus responded and said to him: “Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree, you believe. Greater things than these, you will see.”
51 And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the Angels of God ascending and descending over the Son of man.”