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1 Chronicles 19

David's messengers, sent to comfort Hanun the son of Nahash, are villainously entreated.

1 Chronicles 19:1 After this, it chaunced that Nahas the kynge of the chyldren of Ammon dyed, & his sonne raygned in his steade. 1 Chronicles 19:2 And Dauid sayde, I wyll shewe kyndnesse vnto Hanon þe sonne of Nahas, because hys father dealt kyndelye with me: And Dauid sent messengers to comforte hym ouer the deeth of hys father. And the seruauntes of Dauid came into þe lande of the chyldren of Ammon to Hanon, to comforte hym. 1 Chronicles 19:3 But the Lordes of the chyldren of Ammon sayde to Hanon: thynkest thou þt Dauid doth honoure thy father in thy syght, þt he hath sent conforters vnto the? Are not hys seruauntes come to searche, to loke, and to spye out the lande? 1 Chronicles 19:4 Wherfore Hanon toke Dauids seruauntes and shaued them, and cut of their cootes harde by their buttokes, and sent them awaye. 1 Chronicles 19:5 And there went certayne and tolde Dauid, howe þe men were serued. And þe kynge sent to mete them (for þe men were exceadynglye ashamed) and þe kynge sayde: tarye at Iericho, vntyll youre beardes be growen, and then returne.

The Ammonites, strengthened by the Syrians, are overcome by Joab and Abishai.

1 Chronicles 19:6 And when the chyldren of Ammon sawe that they stanke in þe syght of Dauid. Hanon & the chyldren of Ammon sent a thousande talentes of syluer to hyre them charettes & horsemen, out of Mesopotamia, and out of Syria Maacha & out of Zoba. 1 Chronicles 19:7 And they hyred .xxxii. thousande charettes, and the kynge of Maacha & his people, which came, and pytched before Meoba. And the chyldren of Ammon gathered them selues togeather from their cyties, & came to battel. 1 Chronicles 19:8 And whan Dauid heard of it, he sent Ioab and all þe hoste of stronge men. 1 Chronicles 19:9 And the chyldren of Ammon came out, and put them selues in araye to battel before the gate of the cytie. And þe kynges that were come, kepte them by them selues backe in the felde. 1 Chronicles 19:10 When Ioab also sawe that þe fronte of the battell was agaynst him before & behynde, he chose out of all the chosen men of Israel, and put them in araye agaynst þe Syrians. 1 Chronicles 19:11 And þe rest of the people he delyuered vnto the hande of Abisai his brother, & they put them selues in araye agaynst þe chyldren of Ammon. 1 Chronicles 19:12 And he sayde: If the Sirians be to strong for me, þu shalt succoure me: & yf þe chyldren of Ammon preuayle agaynst þe, I will helpe þe. 1 Chronicles 19:13 Plucke vp thine hert, & let vs playe the men, for oure peoples sake & for þe cyties of oure God, & the Lorde shall do þt which is good in his awne syght. 1 Chronicles 19:14 So Ioab & the people þt were wt him, drue nye before þe Syrians vnto þe battayll, & they fled before him. 1 Chronicles 19:15 And when þe chyldren of Ammon sawe þt the Syriens were fled, they ranne awaye lykewise before Abisai his brother, and gat them into þe cytie. And Ioab came to Ierusalem.

Shophach, making a new supply of the Syrians, is slain by David.

1 Chronicles 19:16 And when þe Siriens sawe þt they were put to the worse before Israel, they sent messengers & fet out þe Siriens þt were beyond þe ryuer, & Sophach þe capitayne of þe Host of Hadadezer went before them. 1 Chronicles 19:17 And it was tolde Dauid, & he geathered all Israel, & went togeather ouer Iordan, & came, and set vpon them. And whan Dauid had put him selfe in araye agaynst the Siriens they fought with him. 1 Chronicles 19:18 But þe Siriens fled before Israel. And Dauid destroyed of the Siriens seuen thousande charettes, & .xl. thousand fote men, and kylled Sophach þe captayne of þe hoste. 1 Chronicles 19:19 And when þe seruauntes of Hadarezer, sawe, that they were put to þe worse before them of Israel, they made peace wt Dauid, & became his seruauntes. Nether wolde the Siriens helpe þe chyldren of Ammon any more.

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