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.
After that, the men of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites living in the hill country,13 the Negev14 and the western foothills.
They advanced against the Canaanites living in Hebron15 (formerly called Kiriath Arba16) and defeated Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai.1711
From there they advanced against the people living in Debir18 (formerly called Kiriath Sepher).
And Caleb said, "I will give my daughter Acsah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher."
Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Acsah to him in marriage.
One day when she came to Othniel, she urged hima to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, "What can I do for you?"
She replied, "Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water." Then Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.1916
The descendants of Moses' father-in-law,20 the Kenite,21 went up from the City of Palmsb22 with the men of Judah to live among the people of the Desert of Judah in the Negev near Arad.23