Judges 1:26 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 1:26, NIV: He then went to the land of the Hittites, where he built a city and called it Luz, which is its name to this day.

Judges 1:26, ESV: And the man went to the land of the Hittites and built a city and called its name Luz. That is its name to this day.

Judges 1:26, KJV: 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.

Judges 1:26, NASB: Then the man went to the land of the Hittites and built a city, and named it Luz, which is its name to this day.

Judges 1:26, NLT: Later the man moved to the land of the Hittites, where he built a town. He named it Luz, which is its name to this day.

Judges 1:26, CSB: Then the man went to the land of the Hittites, built a town, and named it Luz. That is its name still today.

What does Judges 1:26 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The people of the tribe of Ephraim succeed in destroying the Canaanite people of the city of Bethel/Luz (Judges 1:22–25). They almost obey God's command to utterly dedicate the inhabitants to destruction (Deuteronomy 20:16–18). Instead, they let one man and his family go free in exchange for his help in getting them into Bethel to destroy it.

The result is found in this verse. The man travels to live with the Hittite people and builds a new city. He calls this city Luz, after the old city. He succeeds in replacing a Canaanite city destroyed by the Israelites with a new one of the same name. This is a direct result of the Israelite's failure to obey God's command to thoroughly cleanse the Promised Land of all Canaanite influence.