2 Samuel 10
David's messengers, sent to comfort Hanun the son of Nahash, are villainously entreated.
2 Samuel 10:1 It happened after this, þt the king of the children of Ammon died, & Hanon his sonne raygned in his steade. 2 Samuel 10:2 Then sayd Dauid: I will shew kyndnesse vnto Hanon þe sonne of Nahas, as hys father shewed kyndnesse vnto me. And Dauid sent to confort hym by the hand of his seruauntes ouer hys father. And Dauids seruauntes came into the lande of the children of Ammon, 2 Samuel 10:3 and the Lordes of the children of Ammon sayd vnto Hanon their Lord: thynkest thou þt Dauid dothe honoure thy father, that he hath sent comfortoures to the? Hath not Dauid rather sent his seruauntes vnto þe, to searche þe cytie, & to spye it out, and to ouerthrow it? 2 Samuel 10:4 Wherfore, Hanon toke Dauids seruauntes, & shaued of the one halfe of euerye mannes berd and cut of their garmentes in the myddle, euen harde to the buttockes of them, & sent them awaye. 2 Samuel 10:5 When they tolde it vnto Dauid, he sent to mete them (for they were men excedingly a shamed) & the kyng sayd: tarie at Iericho vntill your beerdes be growen, and then returne.
The Ammonites, strengthened by the Syrians, are overcome by Joab and Abishai.
2 Samuel 10:6 And when the chyldren of Ammon saw that they stancke in þe sight of Dauid, they sent and hired the Syrians of the house of Rehob, & the Sirians of Zoba .xx. thousand fote men, and of kyng Maacha a thousand men, & of Istob twelue thousand men. 2 Samuel 10:7 And when Dauid hearde of it, he sent Ioab & all the host of strong men. 2 Samuel 10:8 And the children of Ammon came out, and waged battell at the entring in of þe gate, & the Sirians of Zobah, of Rehob, Istob and Maacah were by them selues in the felde. 2 Samuel 10:9 When Ioab saw þt the front of the battell was agaynst hym before and after, he chose of all the fresh young men of Israell, & put them in araye agaynst the Syrians. 2 Samuel 10:10 And the rest of the people he delyuered into the hand of Abisay hys brother, þt he myght put them in araye agaynst þe children of Ammon. 2 Samuel 10:11 And be sayd, yf the Sirians be stronger then I, thou shalt helpe me. But yf the chyldren of Ammon be to strong for the, I will come and succoure the. 2 Samuel 10:12 Therfore quyte the lyke a man, & let vs stonde stiff for oure people, & for the cities of oure God. And the Lord do þt which is good in his owne eyes. 2 Samuel 10:13 And Ioab proceded forth, & þe people þt was with hym, to fight with the Sirians. But they fled before him. 2 Samuel 10:14 And when the children of Ammon saw that the Sirians were fled, then fled they also before Abisay, and entred into the citye. And so Ioab returned from þe children of Ammon, & came to Ierusalem.
Shobach, making a new supply of the Syrians at Helam, is slain by David.
2 Samuel 10:15 And when the Sirians saw that they were put to þe worsse before Israel, they geathered them togeather. 2 Samuel 10:16 And Hadarezer sent, & brought out the Sirians þt were beyounde the ryuer. And they came with their armye and Hobah the captayne of the host of Hadarezer went before them. 2 Samuel 10:17 And when it was shewed Dauid, he geathered all Israel togeather, and passed ouer Iordan, & cam to Helam: And the Sirians set them selues in araye agaynst Dauid, & fought with him: 2 Samuel 10:18 and the Sirians fled before Israel. And Dauid destroyed seuen hundred charettes of the Sirians, and fourtye thousand horsemen, and smote Sobah the captayne of their host, which also dyed there. 2 Samuel 10:19 And when all the kinges (that were seruauntes to Hadarezer) saw that they were put to the worse before Israell, they made peace with them, & serued them. And so the Sirians feared to helpe þe children of Ammon any moare.