1. Exposition

Why did it happen that an Israelite and Canaanite city existed side by side?

Judges 1:26 (ESV)

26 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.

If the Lord was with them (the northern tribes) when they attacked Bethel (Judges 1:22), why did it happen that now two cities, an Israelite and a Canaanite, existed side by side, as it were? It is a riddle at this point; the answer will come later.1