Judges 1:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 1:11, NIV: From there they advanced against the people living in Debir (formerly called Kiriath Sepher).

Judges 1:11, ESV: From there they went against the inhabitants of Debir. The name of Debir was formerly Kiriath-sepher.

Judges 1:11, KJV: And from thence he went against the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir before was Kirjathsepher:

Judges 1:11, NASB: Then from there he went against the inhabitants of Debir (the name of Debir was previously Kiriath-sepher).

Judges 1:11, NLT: From there they went to fight against the people living in the town of Debir (formerly called Kiriath-sepher).

Judges 1:11, CSB: From there they marched against the residents of Debir (Debir was formerly named Kiriath-sepher).

What does Judges 1:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Judah continues its campaign to drive out all the wicked Canaanites (Deuteronomy 9:4–5) from its territory in southern Israel (Judges 1:4–10). That campaign is now focused on what is called the "hill country," south of Jerusalem. The ancient city of Hebron and its surrounding area had been promised to Caleb by Joshua.

The writer of Judges will repeat the story of Caleb capturing Hebron (Judges 1:12–15) during an earlier campaign (Joshua 15:15–19). After that, Caleb turned his sights on the nearby city of Debir, formerly known as Kiriath-sepher.