Judges 1:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 1:4, NIV: When Judah attacked, the LORD gave the Canaanites and Perizzites into their hands, and they struck down ten thousand men at Bezek.

Judges 1:4, ESV: Then Judah went up and the LORD gave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand, and they defeated 10,000 of them at Bezek.

Judges 1:4, KJV: And Judah went up; and the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men.

Judges 1:4, NASB: Judah went up, and the LORD handed over to them the Canaanites and the Perizzites, and they defeated ten thousand men at Bezek.

Judges 1:4, NLT: When the men of Judah attacked, the LORD gave them victory over the Canaanites and Perizzites, and they killed 10,000 enemy warriors at the town of Bezek.

Judges 1:4, CSB: When Judah attacked, the Lord handed the Canaanites and Perizzites over to them. They struck down ten thousand men in Bezek.

What does Judges 1:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Israel's campaign to defeat and drive out all the remaining Canaanites in the land begins as Judah and Simeon band together (Judges 1:1–3). They strike against the Canaanites and a smaller people-group known as the Perizzites, which live in and around the territory given to the tribes of Judah and Simeon.

It's unknown where in this region the city of Bezek was located. Scholars believe it was near what would become the city of Jerusalem. According to the literal words of this verse, ten thousand enemy fighters fall at Bezek as the Lord gives the victory to the people of Judah. In biblical literature, numbers like "10,000" were often used as symbolic references to very large numbers. This is much the same as how modern English-speakers might say "I spent a million dollars getting my car fixed." The exact number of troops defeated is not the main point—the purpose is to indicate that the victory was massive and overwhelming.