1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 19 ©

1 David's ambassadors, sent to comfort Hanun for his father's death, are disgracefully treated. 6 The Ammonites strengthened by the Syrians are overcome by Joab and Abishai. 16 Hadarezer sendeth a new army of Syrians under Shobach, which is defeated by David, and their general slain; whereupon the kings who were subject to Syria become servants to Israel.


NOW ait came to pass after this, that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon died, and his son reigned in his *stead.


And David said, I bwill shew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, because his father shewed kindness to me. And David sent messengers to comfort him concerning his father. So the servants of David came into the land of the children of Ammon to Hanun, to comfort him.


But the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun, 1Thinkest thou that David doth honour thy father, that he hath sent comforters unto thee? are not his servants come unto thee for to search, and to overthrow, and to cspy out the land?


Wherefore dHanun took David's servants, and shaved them, and cut off their garments in the midst hard by their buttocks, and sent them away.


Then there went certain, and told David how the men were served. And he sent to meet them: for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, Tarry at eJericho until your beards be grown, and then return.


¶And when the children of Ammon saw that they had made themselves 2odious to David, Hanun and the children of Ammon sent a thousand talents of silver to hire them chariots and horsemen out of fMesopotamia, and out of Syria-maachah, and out of Zobah.


So they ghired thirty and two thousand chariots, and the king of Maachah and his people; who came and pitched before hMedeba. And the children of Ammon gathered themselves together from their cities, and came to battle.


And when David heard of it, he sent iJoab, and all the host of the mighty men.


And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array before the gate of the city: and jthe kings that were come were by themselves in the field.


Now when Joab saw that 3the battle was set against him before and behind, he chose out of all the 4choice of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians.


And the rest of the people he delivered unto the hand of 5Abishai his brother, and they set themselves in array against the children of Ammon.


And he said, kIf 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 help thee.


Be lof good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in his sight.


So Joab and the people that were with him drew nigh before the Syrians unto the battle; and they fled before him.


And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled, they likewise mfled before Abishai his brother, and entered into the city. Then Joab came to Jerusalem.


¶And when the Syrians saw that they were put to the worse before Israel, they sent messengers, nand drew forth the Syrians that were beyond 6the river: and 7Shophach the captain of the host of Hadarezer went before them.


And it was told David; and he gathered all Israel, and passed over Jordan, and came upon them, and oset the battle in array against them. So when David had put the battle in array against the Syrians, they fought with him.


But the Syrians pfled before Israel; and David slew of the Syrians seven thousand men which fought in chariots, and forty thousand footmen, and killed Shophach the captain of the host.


And when the servants of Hadarezer saw that they were put to the worse before Israel, they made peace with David, and became his servants: neither would the Syrians help the children of Ammon qany more.