The Children of Ammon – 2 Samuel 10

2 Samuel 10:1 And it came to pass after this, that the king of the  children of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his  stead. 

2 Samuel 10:2 Then said David, I will shew kindness unto  Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father shewed kindness  unto me. And David sent to comfort him by the hand of his  servants for his father. And David’s servants came into the  land of the children of Ammon. 

2 Samuel 10:3 And the princes of  the children of Ammon said unto Hanun their lord, Thinkest  thou that David doth honour thy father, that he hath sent  comforters unto thee? hath not David rather sent his  servants unto thee, to search the city, and to spy it out, and  to overthrow it? 

2 Samuel 10:4 Wherefore Hanun took David’s  servants, and shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut  off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks,  and sent them away. 

2 Samuel 10:5 When they told it unto David,  he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly  ashamed: and the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your  beards be grown, and then return.  

2 Samuel 10:6 And when the children of Ammon saw that they  stank before David, the children of Ammon sent and hired  the Syrians of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty  thousand footmen, and of king Maacah a thousand men, and  of Ish-tob twelve thousand men. 

2 Samuel 10:7 And when David  heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty  men. 

2 Samuel 10:8 And the children of Ammon came out, and put  the battle in array at the entering in of the gate: and the  Syrians of Zoba, and of Rehob, and Ish-tob, and Maacah,  were by themselves in the field. 

2 Samuel 10:9 When Joab saw  that the front of the battle was against him before and  behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put  them in array against the Syrians: 

2 Samuel 10:10 And the rest of  the people he delivered into the hand of Abishai his brother,  that he might put them in array against the children of  Ammon. 

2 Samuel 10:11 And he said, If the Syrians be too strong  for me, then thou shalt help me: but if the children of  Ammon be too strong for thee, then I will come and help  thee. 

2 Samuel 10:12 Be of good courage, and let us play the men  for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD  do that which seemeth him good. 

2 Samuel 10:13 And Joab drew  nigh, and the people that were with him, unto the battle  against the Syrians: and they fled before him. 

2 Samuel 10:14 And  when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were  fled, then fled they also before Abishai, and entered into the  city. So Joab returned from the children of Ammon, and  came to Jerusalem.   

2 Samuel 10:15 And when the Syrians saw that they were smitten  before Israel, they gathered themselves together. 

2 Samuel 10:16  And Hadarezer sent, and brought out the Syrians that were  beyond the river: and they came to Helam; and Shobach the  captain of the host of Hadarezer went before them.  

2 Samuel 10:17 And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel  together, and passed over Jordan, and came to Helam. And  the Syrians set themselves in array against David, and  fought with him. 

2 Samuel 10:18 And the Syrians fled before  Israel; and David slew the men of seven hundred chariots  of the Syrians, and forty thousand horsemen, and smote  Shobach the captain of their host, who died there. 

2 Samuel 10:19  And when all the kings that were servants to Hadarezer  saw that they were smitten before Israel, they made peace  with Israel, and served them. So the Syrians feared to help  the children of Ammon any more.  


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