After the death1 of Joshua, the Israelites asked the LORD, "Who will be the first2 to go up and fight for us against the Canaanites?3"
The LORD answered, "Judah4 is to go; I have given the land into their hands.5"
Then the men of Judah said to the Simeonites their brothers, "Come up with us into the territory allotted to us, to fight against the Canaanites. We in turn will go with you into yours." So the Simeonites6 went with them.
When Judah attacked, the LORD gave the Canaanites and Perizzites7 into their hands and they struck down ten thousand men at Bezek.85
It was there that they found Adoni-Bezek9 and fought against him, putting to rout the Canaanites and Perizzites.
Adoni-Bezek fled, but they chased him and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes.
Then Adoni-Bezek said, "Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps under my table. Now God has paid me back10 for what I did to them." They brought him to Jerusalem,11 and he died there.
The men of Judah attacked Jerusalem12 also and took it. They put the city to the sword and set it on fire.