2 Samuel 10
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2 Samuel 10
David Defeats the Ammonites...
And after this it came to be that the sovereign of the children of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his place.
And Dawid said, 'Let me show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, as his father showed kindness to me.' So Dawid sent by the hand of his servants to comfort him concerning his father. And when Dawid's servants came into the land of the children of Ammon,
the chiefs of the children of Ammon said to Hanun their master, 'Is Dawid esteeming your father in your eyes in that he has sent comforters to you? Has Dawid not rather sent his servants to you to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?'
So Hanun took Dawid's servants and shaved off half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, as far as their buttocks, and sent them away.
And they informed Dawid, and he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed. And the sovereign said, `Wait at Yeriho until your beards have grown, and then return.`
And when the children of Ammon saw that they had become a stench to Dawid, the children of Ammon sent and hired Arameans of Beyth Rehob and Arameans of Tsoba, twenty thousand foot soldiers, and the sovereign of Ma'akah, one thousand men, and men of Tob, twelve thousand men.
And Dawid heard, and sent Yo'ab and the entire army, the mighty men.
And the children of Ammon came out and put themselves in battle array at the entrance of the gate. And the Arameans of Tsoba, and Rehob, and men of Tob, and Ma'akah were by themselves in the field.
And Yo'ab saw that the battle line was against him before and behind, and he chose out of all the chosen men of Yisra'el and put them in battle array against the Arameans.
And the rest of the people he gave under the hand of Abishai his brother, and he put them in battle array against the children of Ammon.
And he said, 'If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you shall help me. But if the children of Ammon are too strong for you, then I shall come and 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, and went into the city. And Yo'ab returned from the children of Ammon and came to Yerushalayim.
And Aram saw that they were smitten before Yisra'el, and they gathered together,
and Hadadezer sent and brought out the Arameans who were beyond the River, and they came to Helam. And Shobak the commander of the army of Hadadezer went before them.
And it was reported to Dawid, and he gathered all Yisra'el, and passed over the Yarden, and came to Helam. And Aram set themselves in battle array against Dawid and they fought with him.
And Aram fled before Yisra'el, and Dawid slew seven hundred charioteers and forty thousand horsemen of Aram, and he smote Shobak, commander of their army, who died there.
And all the sovereigns, the servants of Hadadezer, saw that they were smitten by Yisra'el, and made peace with Yisra'el, and served them. And the Arameans were afraid to help the children of Ammon any more.
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