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.