1 Chronicles 19
David's messengers, sent to comfort Hanun the son of Nahash, are villainously entreated.
1 Chronicles 19:1 And it cometh to pass after this, that Nahash king of the sons of Ammon dieth, and his son reigneth in his stead, 1 Chronicles 19:2 and David saith, 'I do kindness with Hanun son of Nahash, for his father did with me kindness;' and David sendeth messengers to comfort him concerning his father. And the servants of David come in unto the land of the sons of Ammon, unto Hanun, to comfort him, 1 Chronicles 19:3 and the heads of the sons of Ammon say to Hanun, 'Is David honouring thy father, in thine eyes, because he hath sent to thee comforters? in order to search, and to overthrow, and to spy out, the land, have not his servants come in unto thee?' 1 Chronicles 19:4 And Hanun taketh the servants of David, and shaveth them, and cutteth their long robes in the midst, unto the buttocks, and sendeth them away. 1 Chronicles 19:5 And [some] go, and declare to David concerning the men, and he sendeth to meet themfor the men have been greatly ashamedand the king saith, 'Dwell in Jericho till that your beard is grown, then ye have returned.'
The Ammonites, strengthened by the Syrians, are overcome by Joab and Abishai.
1 Chronicles 19:6 And the sons of Ammon see that they have made themselves abhorred by David, and Hanun and the sons of Ammon send a thousand talents of silver, to hire to them, from Aram-Naharaim, and from Aram-Maachah, and from Zobah, chariots and horsemen; 1 Chronicles 19:7 and they hire to them two and thirty thousand chariots, and the king of Maachah and his people, and they come in and encamp before Medeba, and the sons of Ammon have been gathered out of their cities, and come in to the battle. 1 Chronicles 19:8 And David heareth, and sendeth Joab, and all the host of the mighty men, 1 Chronicles 19:9 and the sons of Ammon come out and set battle in array at the opening of the city, and the kings who have come [are] by themselves in the field. 1 Chronicles 19:10 And Joab seeth that the front of the battle hath been unto him, before and behind, and he chooseth out of all the choice in Israel, and setteth in array to meet Aram, 1 Chronicles 19:11 and the remnant of the people he hath given into the hand of Abishai his brother, and they set in array to meet the sons of Ammon. 1 Chronicles 19:12 And he saith, 'If Aram be stronger than I, then thou hast been to me for salvation; and if the sons of Ammon be stronger than thou, then I have saved thee; 1 Chronicles 19:13 be strong, and we strengthen ourselves, for our people, and for the cities of our God, and Jehovah doth that which is good in His eyes.' 1 Chronicles 19:14 And Joab draweth nigh, and the people who [are] with him, before Aram to battle, and they flee from his face; 1 Chronicles 19:15 and the sons of Ammon have seen that Aram hath fled, and they fleethey alsofrom the face of Abishai his brother, and go in to the city. And Joab cometh in to Jerusalem.
Shophach, making a new supply of the Syrians, is slain by David.
1 Chronicles 19:16 And Aram seeth that they have been smitten before Israel, and send messengers, and bring out Aram that [is] beyond the River, and Shophach head of the host of Hadarezer [is] before them. 1 Chronicles 19:17 And it is declared to David, and he gathereth all Israel, and passeth over the Jordan, and cometh in unto them, and setteth in array against them; yea, David setteth in array the battle to meet Aram, and they fight with him; 1 Chronicles 19:18 and Aram fleeth from the face of Israel, and David slayeth of Aram seven thousand charioteers, and forty thousand footmen, and Shophach head of the host he hath put to death. 1 Chronicles 19:19 And the servants of Hadarezer see that they have been smitten before Israel, and they make peace with David and serve him, and Aram hath not been willing to help the sons of Ammon any more.