1 Chronicles 19
David's messengers, sent to comfort Hanun the son of Nahash, are villainously entreated.
1 Chronicles 19:1 Now it came to passe after this, that Nahash the King of the children of Ammon dyed, & his sonne reigned in his stead. 1 Chronicles 19:2 And Dauid sayde, I will shewe kindnesse vnto Hanun the sonne of Nahash, because his father shewed kindnesse to mee. And Dauid sent messengers to comfort him concerning his father. So the seruants of Dauid came into the land of the children of Ammon, to Hanun, to comfort him. 1 Chronicles 19:3 But the Princes of the children of Ammon sayde to Hanun, Thinkest thou that Dauid doeth honour thy father, that he hath sent comforters vnto thee? Are not his seruants come vnto thee for to search, and to ouerthrow, and to spie out the land? 1 Chronicles 19:4 Wherefore Hanun tooke Dauids seruants, and shaued them, and cut off their garments in the middest, hard by their buttockes, and sent them away. 1 Chronicles 19:5 Then there went certeine, and told Dauid, how the men were serued, and hee sent to meet them (for the men were greatly ashamed) and the King sayde, Tary at Iericho vntill your beards be growen, [and] then returne.
The Ammonites, strengthened by the Syrians, are overcome by Joab and Abishai.
1 Chronicles 19:6 And when the children of Ammon sawe, that they had made themselues odious to Dauid; Hanun and the children of Ammon sent a thousand talents of siluer, to hire them charets and horsemen out of Mesopotamia, and out of Syria-Maachah, and out of Zobah. 1 Chronicles 19:7 So they hired thirtie and two thousand charets, and the king of Maachah and his people, who came and pitched before Medeba. And the children of Ammon gathered themselues together from their cities, and came to battaile. 1 Chronicles 19:8 And when Dauid heard [of it], hee sent Ioab, and all the host of the mightie men. 1 Chronicles 19:9 And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battell in aray before the gate of the citie, and the kings that were come, [were] by themselues in the field. 1 Chronicles 19:10 Now when Ioab saw that the battell was set against him, before and behinde: hee chose out of all the choice of Israel, and put them in aray against the Syrians. 1 Chronicles 19:11 And the rest of the people hee deliuered vnto the hand of Abishai his brother, and they set themselues in aray against the children of Ammon. 1 Chronicles 19:12 And he said, If the Syrians bee too strong for me, then thou shalt helpe me: but if the children of Ammon be too strong for thee, then I wil helpe thee. 1 Chronicles 19:13 Be of good courage, and let vs behaue our selues valiantly for our people, and for the Cities of our God: and let the LORD do that [which is] good in his sight. 1 Chronicles 19:14 So Ioab and the people that [were] with him, drew nigh before the Syrians, vnto the battell; and they fled before him. 1 Chronicles 19:15 And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled, they likewise fled before Abishai his brother, and entred into the city. Then Ioab came to Ierusalem.
Shophach, making a new supply of the Syrians, is slain by David.
1 Chronicles 19:16 And when the Syrians saw that they were put to the worse before Israel, they sent messengers, and drew forth the Syrians, that [were] beyond the Riuer: and Shophach the captaine of the hoste of Hadarezer, [went] before them. 1 Chronicles 19:17 And it was tolde Dauid, and hee gathered all Israel, and passed ouer Iordane, and came vpon them, and set [the battell] in aray against them: so when Dauid had put the battell in aray against the Syrians, they fought with him. 1 Chronicles 19:18 But the Syrians fled before Israel, and Dauid slew of the Syrians seuen thousand men, [which fought] in charets, and fourty thousand footmen, and killed Shophach the captaine of the hoste. 1 Chronicles 19:19 And when the seruants of Hadarezer saw that they were put to the worse before Israel, they made peace with Dauid, and became his seruants: neither would the Syrians helpe the children of Ammon any more.