Now it came about after the death of Joshua that the sons of Israel1inquired of the LORD, saying, "Who shall go up first for us 2against the Canaanites, to fight against them?"
The LORDsaid, "3Judah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand."
Then Judahsaid to Simeon his brother, "Come up with me into athe territoryallotted me, that we may fight against the Canaanites ; and bI in turn will go with you into cthe territoryallotted you." So Simeonwent with him.
4Judahwent up, and 4the LORDgave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hands, and they ddefeatedtenthousandmen at Bezek.
They foundAdoni-bezek in Bezek and fought against him, and they edefeated the Canaanites and the Perizzites.
But Adoni-bezekfled ; and they pursued him and caught him and cutoff his fthumbs and bigtoes .
7Adoni-bezeksaid, "Seventykings with their thumbs and their bigtoescutoff used to gather up scraps under my table ; 5as I have done, soGod has repaid me." So they brought him to Jerusalem and he diedthere.
Then the sons of Judahfought against 6Jerusalem and captured it and struck it with the edge of the sword and set the city on fire.