Judges 1:35 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 1:35, NIV: And the Amorites were determined also to hold out in Mount Heres, Aijalon and Shaalbim, but when the power of the tribes of Joseph increased, they too were pressed into forced labor.

Judges 1:35, ESV: The Amorites persisted in dwelling in Mount Heres, in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim, but the hand of the house of Joseph rested heavily on them, and they became subject to forced labor.

Judges 1:35, KJV: But 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 tributaries.

Judges 1:35, NASB: yet the Amorites persisted in living on Mount Heres, in Aijalon and Shaalbim; but when the power of the house of Joseph grew strong, they became forced labor.

Judges 1:35, NLT: The Amorites were determined to stay in Mount Heres, Aijalon, and Shaalbim, but when the descendants of Joseph became stronger, they forced the Amorites to work as slaves.

Judges 1:35, CSB: The Amorites were determined to stay in Har-heres, Aijalon, and Shaalbim. When the house of Joseph got the upper hand, the Amorites were made to serve as forced labor.

What does Judges 1:35 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

As was the case with the other tribes of Israel (Judges 1:27–34), the people of Dan have not been able to drive the local inhabitants out of their territory along the coast of the Mediterranean. Instead, the Amorites there have been able to drive the citizens of Dan off the plain and up into the hill country, where they settle.

The Amorites remained entrenched in Mount Heres, perhaps also known as "Sun Mountain." They are also secured at Shaalbim and Aijalon, a city guarding an important trade route in the region.

The phrase "the hose of Joseph" refers to the tribe of Ephraim (Genesis 48:3–6). Since the places described in this verse were so near to Ephraim's territory, that tribe apparently became strong enough to eventually cross into Dan's territory and enslave Amorites of that region. It's important to recall that whenever any of the tribes enslaved inhabitants of the land, they are making a willful choice to disobey God's command. Awful as it may seem, their mission was to destroy the intensely wicked Canaanites (Deuteronomy 7:1–4; 9:4–5). The price for that repeated disobedience will be quite high (Deuteronomy 20:16–18).