2 Samuel 10
David's messengers, sent to comfort Hanun the son of Nahash, are villainously entreated.
2 Samuel 10:1 And it came to pass, after this, that the king of the sons of Ammon died,and that Hanun his son reigned in his stead. 2 Samuel 10:2 Then said DavidI will shew lovingkindness unto Hanun son of Nahash, as his father shewed, unto me, lovingkindness. So David sent to comfort him, by the hand of his servants, as to his father,and the servants of David came into the land of the sons of Ammon. 2 Samuel 10:3 Then said the rulers of the sons of Ammon unto Hanun their lordIs David honouring thy father, in thine eyes, that he hath sent unto thee comforters? Is it not, for the sake of exploring the city, and spying it out, and overthrowing it, that David hath sent his servants unto thee? 2 Samuel 10:4 Wherefore Hanun took David's servants, and shaved off half their beards, and cut off their upper garments in the middle, as far as their buttocks,and let them go. 2 Samuel 10:5 And, when they told David, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed,and the king saidTarry at Jericho, until your beards be grown, then shall ye return.
The Ammonites, strengthened by the Syrians, are overcome by Joab and Abishai.
2 Samuel 10:6 And, when the sons of Ammon saw that they had made themselves odious with David, the sons of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of Zobatwenty thousand footmen, and of king Maacaha thousand men, and men of Tobtwelve thousand men. 2 Samuel 10:7 And, when David heard of it, he sent Joab and all the army of heroes, 2 Samuel 10:8 And the sons of Ammon came out, and set in array for battle, at the entrance of the gate,whereas, the Syrians of Zoba, and of Rehob, and the men of Tob and of Maacah, were by themselves, in the field. 2 Samuel 10:9 And, when Joab saw that the front of the battle was towards him, before and behind, he chose out of all the chosen men of Israel, and set them in array against the Syrians; 2 Samuel 10:10 while, the rest of the people, he delivered into the hand of Abishai his brother,and set [them] in array against the sons of Ammon. 2 Samuel 10:11 And he saidIf the Syrians be too strong for me, then shalt thou become my deliverance,but, if, the sons of Ammon, be too strong for thee, then will I come with deliverance to thee. 2 Samuel 10:12 Be strong, and let us put forth our strength, for the sake of our people, and for the sake of the cities of our God,and, Yahweh, do what is good in his own eyes. 2 Samuel 10:13 And Joab drew nigh, and the people that were with him, to fight against the Syrians,and they fled before him. 2 Samuel 10:14 And, when, the sons of Ammon, saw that the Syrians had fled, then fled they before Abishai, and entered the city,so Joab returned from the sons of Ammon, and entered Jerusalem.
Shobach, making a new supply of the Syrians at Helam, is slain by David.
2 Samuel 10:15 And, when the Syrians saw that they were defeated before Israel, they gathered themselves together; 2 Samuel 10:16 and Hadadezer sent and brought out the Syrians that were beyond the River, and they entered Helam,Shobach the prince of the host of Hadadezer being before them. 2 Samuel 10:17 And, when it was told David, he gathered together all Israel, and passed over the Jordan, and entered Helam,and the Syrians set themselves in array to meet David, and fought with him. 2 Samuel 10:18 Then fled the Syrians before Israel, and David slew of the Syrians seven hundred chariots, and forty thousand horsemen,Shobach also, prince of their host, smote he, that he died, there. 2 Samuel 10:19 And, when all the kings who were servants to Hadadezer saw that they were defeated before Israel, they made peace with Israel, and served them,and the Syrians feared to give help any more unto the sons of Ammon.