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 pass that Naas the king of the children of Ammon died, and his son reigned in his stead. 1 Chronicles 19:2 And David said: I will shew kindness to Hanon the son of Naas: for his father did a favour tome. And David sent messengers to comfort him upon the death of his father. But when they were come into the land of the children of Ammon, to comfort Hanon, 1 Chronicles 19:3 The princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanon: Thou thinkest perhaps that David to do honour to thy father hath sent comforters to thee: and thou dost not take notice, that his servants are come to thee to consider, and search, and spy out thy land. 1 Chronicles 19:4 Wherefore Hanon shaved the heads and beards of the servants of David, and cut away their garments from the buttocks to the feet, and sent them away. 1 Chronicles 19:5 And when they were gone, they sent word to David, who sent to meet them (for they had suffered a great affront) and ordered them to stay at Jericho till their beards grew and then to return.
The Ammonites, strengthened by the Syrians, are overcome by Joab and Abishai.
1 Chronicles 19:6 And when the children of Ammon saw that they had done an injury to David, Hanon and the rest of the people sent a thousand talents of silver, to hire them chariots and horsemen out of Mesopotamia and out of Syria Maacha, and out of Soba. 1 Chronicles 19:7 And they hired two and thirty thousand chariots, and the king of Maacha, with his people. And they came and camped over against Medaba. And the children of Ammon gathered themselves together out of their cities, and came to battle. 1 Chronicles 19:8 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the army of valiant men: 1 Chronicles 19:9 And the children of Ammon came out and put their army in array before the gate of the city: and the kings, that were come to their aid, stood apart in the field. 1 Chronicles 19:10 Wherefore Joab understanding that the battle was set against him before and behind, chose out the bravest men of all Israel, and marched against the Syrians, 1 Chronicles 19:11 And the rest of the people he delivered into the hand of Abisai his brother, and they went against the children of Ammon. 1 Chronicles 19:12 And he said: If the Syrians be too strong for me, then thou shalt help me: but if the children of Ammon be too strong for thee, I will help thee. 1 Chronicles 19:13 Be of good courage and let us behave ourselves manfully for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the Lord will do that which is good in his sight. 1 Chronicles 19:14 So Joab and the people that were with him, went against the Syrians to the battle: and he put them to flight. 1 Chronicles 19:15 And the children of Ammon seeing that the Syrians were fled, they likewise fled from Abisai his brother, and went into the city: and Joab also returned to Jerusalem.
Shophach, making a new supply of the Syrians, is slain by David.
1 Chronicles 19:16 But the Syrians seeing that they had fallen before Israel, sent messengers, and brought to them the Syrians that were beyond the river: and Sophach, general of the army of Adarezer, was their leader. 1 Chronicles 19:17 And it was told David, and he gathered together all Israel, and passed the Jordan, and came upon them, and put his army in array against them, and they fought with him. 1 Chronicles 19:18 But the Syrian fled before Israel: and David slew of the Syrians seven thousand chariots, and forty thousand footmen, and Sophach the general of the army. 1 Chronicles 19:19 And when the servants of Adarezer saw themselves overcome by Israel, they went over to David, and served him: and Syria would not help the children of Ammon any more.