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1 Chronicles

1 Now it came to pass af­ter this, that Na­hash the king of the chil­dren of Am­mon died, and his son reigned in his stead. 2 And David said, I will 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. 3 But the princes of the chil­dren of Am­mon said to Ha­nun, Think­est 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 spy out the land? 4 Where­fore Ha­nun took David's ser­vants, and shaved them, and cut off their gar­ments in the midst hard by their but­tocks, and sent them away. 5 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 Jeri­cho un­til your beards be grown, and then re­turn. 6 And when the chil­dren of Am­mon saw that they had made them­selves odi­ous to David, Ha­nun and the chil­dren of Am­mon sent a thou­sand tal­ents of sil­ver to hire them char­i­ots and horse­men out of Mesopotamia, and out of Syr­ia­maachah, and out of Zobah. 7 So they hired thir­ty and two thou­sand char­i­ots, and the king of Maachah and his peo­ple; who came and pitched be­fore Mede­ba. And the chil­dren of Am­mon gath­ered them­selves to­geth­er from their cities, and came to bat­tle. 8 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty men. 9 And the chil­dren of Am­mon came out, and put the bat­tle in ar­ray be­fore the gate of the city: and the kings that were come were by them­selves in the field. 10 Now when Joab saw that the bat­tle was set against him be­fore and be­hind, he chose out of all the choice of Is­rael, and put them in ar­ray against the Syr­i­ans. 11 And the rest of the peo­ple he de­liv­ered unto the hand of Abishai his broth­er, and they set themselves in ar­ray against the chil­dren of Am­mon. 12 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 help thee. 13 Be of 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. 14 So Joab and the peo­ple that were with him drew nigh be­fore the Syr­i­ans unto the bat­tle; and they fled be­fore him. 15 And when the chil­dren of Am­mon saw that the Syr­i­ans were fled, they like­wise fled be­fore Abishai his broth­er, and en­tered into the city. Then Joab came to Jerusalem. 16 And when the Syr­i­ans saw that they were put to the worse be­fore Is­rael, they sent mes­sen­gers, and drew forth the Syr­i­ans that were be­yond the riv­er: and Shophach the cap­tain of the host of Hadarez­er went be­fore them. 17 And it was told David; and he gath­ered all Is­rael, and passed over Jor­dan, and came upon them, and set the battle in ar­ray against them. So when David had put the bat­tle in ar­ray against the Syr­i­ans, they fought with him. 18 But the Syr­i­ans fled 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. 19 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 any more.