Judges 1:31 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 1:31, NIV: Nor did Asher drive out those living in Akko or Sidon or Ahlab or Akzib or Helbah or Aphek or Rehob.

Judges 1:31, ESV: Asher did not drive out the inhabitants of Acco, or the inhabitants of Sidon or of Ahlab or of Achzib or of Helbah or of Aphik or of Rehob,

Judges 1:31, KJV: Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob:

Judges 1:31, NASB: Asher did not drive out the inhabitants of Acco, or the inhabitants of Sidon, or of Ahlab, or of Achzib, Helbah, Aphik, or of Rehob.

Judges 1:31, NLT: The tribe of Asher failed to drive out the residents of Acco, Sidon, Ahlab, Aczib, Helbah, Aphik, and Rehob.

Judges 1:31, CSB: Asher failed to drive out the residents of Acco or of Sidon, or Ahlab, Achzib, Helbah, Aphik, or Rehob.

What does Judges 1:31 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The territory for the tribe of Asher was a long, narrow strip of land in the very northwest corner of Israel along the Mediterranean coast. Despite being the people of Yahweh, the Asherites did not drive out the Canaanite inhabitants (Deuteronomy 20:16–18) from the towns of Acco, Helbah, Aphik, or Rehob.

In fact, for the first time, rather than reporting that Canaanites lived among the Israelites in a territory, Scripture says the Asherites lived among the Canaanites (Judges 1:32). This means the tribe of Asher stopped well short of conquering the territory. Instead, they integrated into the local communities. The Canaanites allowed them to live in the land instead of the other way around.