1 Chronicles 19
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1 Chronicles 19
The Battle Against the Ammonites...
And after this it came to be that Nahash the sovereign of the children of Ammon died, and his son reigned in his place.
And Dawid said, 'Let me show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, because his father showed kindness to me.' So Dawid sent messengers to comfort him concerning his father. And the servants of Dawid came to Hanun in the land of the children of Ammon to comfort him.
And the chiefs of the children of Ammon said to Hanun, 'Is Dawid esteeming your father, in your eyes, because he has sent comforters to you? Have his servants not come to you to search and to overthrow and to spy out the land?'
So Hanun took Dawid's servants, and shaved them, and cut off their garments in the middle, at their buttocks, and sent them away.
And when some went and informed Dawid about the men, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed. And the sovereign said, 'Remain at Yeriho until your beards have grown, then return.'
And when the children of Ammon saw that they had made themselves a stench to Dawid, Hanun and the children of Ammon sent a thousand talents of silver to hire chariots and horsemen from Aram-Naharayim, and from Aram-Ma'akah, and from Tsobah.
So they hired for themselves thirty-two thousand chariots, with the sovereign of Ma'akah and his people, who came and encamped before Meydeba. And the children of Ammon had gathered from their cities, and came to battle.
And when Dawid heard, he sent Yo'ab and the entire army of the mighty men,
and the children of Ammon came out and put themselves in battle array before the gate of the city, and the sovereigns who had come were by themselves in the field.
And when Yo'ab saw that the battle had been set against him before and behind, he chose some of the choice ones of Yisra'el, and put them in battle array to meet Aram.
And the rest of the people he put under the command of Abishai his brother, and they set themselves in battle array to meet the children of Ammon.
And he said, 'If Aram is too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the children of Ammon are too strong for you, then I shall help you.
'Be strong, and let us show strength for our people and for the cities of our Elohim, and let YHWH do what is good in His eyes.'
And Yo'ab drew near, and the people with him, to battle against Aram, and they fled before him.
And when the children of Ammon saw that the Arameans were fleeing, they also fled before Abishai his brother, and went into the city. And Yo'ab came to Yerushalayim.
And when Aram saw that they had been smitten before Yisra'el, they sent messengers and brought the Arameans who were beyond the River, and Shophak the commander of Hadadezer's army went before them.
And it was reported to Dawid, and he gathered all Yisra'el, and passed over the Yarden and came upon them, and set up in battle array against them. And Dawid set up in battle array against Aram, and they fought with him.
And Aram fled before Yisra'el, and Dawid slew seven thousand charioteers and forty thousand foot soldiers of the Arameans, and smote Shophak the commander of the army.
And the servants of Hadadezer saw that they were smitten by Yisra'el, and they made peace with Dawid and became his servants. And the Arameans would not help the children of Ammon any more.
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