After the death of Joshua, the Israelites inquired of the Lord, "Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?"
The Lord said, "Judah shall go up. I hereby give the land into his hand."
Judah said to his brother Simeon, "Come up with me into the territory allotted to me, that we may fight against the Canaanites; then I too will go with you into the territory allotted to you." So Simeon went with him.
Then Judah went up and the Lord gave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand; and they defeated ten thousand of them at Bezek.
They came upon Adoni-bezek at Bezek, and fought against him, and defeated the Canaanites and the Perizzites.
Adoni-bezek fled; but they pursued him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes.
Adoni-bezek said, "Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off used to pick up scraps under my table; as I have done, so God has paid me back." They brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.
Then the people of Judah fought against Jerusalem and took it. They put it to the sword and set the city on fire.
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