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, that the kynge of the chyldren of Amnon dyed, & Hanon his sonne raygned in hys steade. 2 Samuel 10:2 Then sayde Dauid: I wyl shew kyndnesse vnto Hanon the sonne of Nahas, as hys father shewed kyndnesse vnto me. And thervpon Dauid sente to conforte hym by the hande of hys seruauntes ouer the death of hys father. Now when Dauids seruauntes were come into the land of the chyldren of Amnon: 2 Samuel 10:3 the Lordes of the chyldren of Amnon sayde vnto Hanon theyr Lorde: thynkest thou that Dauid doth honoure thy father, because he hath sent to comfort the? Naye, he hath rather sent hys seruauntes vnto the, to searche the cytye and to spye out, euen to ouerthrow it. 2 Samuel 10:4 Wherfore Hanon toke Dauids seruauntes and shaued of the one halfe of euerye mannes bearde & cut of theyr garmentes euen in þe myddle, euen harde by the buttockes of them and sent them awaye. 2 Samuel 10:5 When it was tolde Dauid he sent against them (for they were men excedyngly ashamed) & saide: tarye at Iericho vntyll your beerdes be growen, & then returne.
The Ammonites, strengthened by the Syrians, are overcome by Joab and Abishai.
2 Samuel 10:6 And when the chyldren of Amnon sawe that they stancke vnto Dauid, they sent & hyred þe sonnes of Bethrehob & of the Syryans of Zobah .xx. thousande fote men & of kyng Maacah a thousande men, & of Istob twelue thousande 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 þe chyldren of Amnon came out & waged battell before the gate & the Syryens of Zobah, of Rehob, Istob and Maacah were by themselues in the feldes. 2 Samuel 10:9 When Ioab sawe that the front of the battell was before and after, he chose of all the best of Israell & put them in araye agaynst the Syryens. 2 Samuel 10:10 And the rest of the people he delyuered into the hand of Abisai his brother, which put them in araye agaynst the children of Amnon. 2 Samuel 10:11 And he sayd: yf the Syryens ouercome me, then succoure me. But yf the chyldren of Amnon be to good for the, I wyll come and succoure the, 2 Samuel 10:12 quyte the lyke a man, and let vs fyght lustely for oure people, & for the cytyes of our God. And the Lorde do what semyth best in hys eyes. 2 Samuel 10:13 And forthwyth Ioab proceded & the people þt was with him into battell against the Syryens, which fleed before him. 2 Samuel 10:14 And when the chyldren of Amnon saw þt the Syriens were fled, then fled they also before Abisai, and entred into the cytye. And so Ioab returned from the chyldren of Amnon & came to Ierusalem.
Shobach, making a new supply of the Syrians at Helam, is slain by David.
2 Samuel 10:15 And when the Syryens sawe that they were put to the worsse before Israel, they gathered them together. 2 Samuel 10:16 And Hadadezer sente & brought out the Syryens that were beyound the ryuer. And the host of them came, & Sobah the captayne of the host of Hadadezer before them. 2 Samuel 10:17 And when it was shewed Dauid, he gathered all Israell, and passed ouer Iordan and came to Helom: where the Syryans put them selues in araye agaynste Dauid and foughte wyth hym: 2 Samuel 10:18 howe be it the Syryens fled before Israel. And Dauid destroyed seuen hundred charettes of them and fourtye thousand horsmen and smote Sobah the captayne of hys hoste, that he there dyed. 2 Samuel 10:19 And when all the Kynges that were seruauntes to Hadadezer sawe that they were put to the worsse before Israel, they made peace wyth them, & serued them. And so the Syryens feared to helpe the chyldren of Amnon any more.