And it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of Ammon died, and
Hanun his son reigned in his stead.
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
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
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
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
And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank before David, the children of
Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Bethrehob and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand
footmen, and of king Maacah a thousand men, and of Ishtob twelve thousand men.
And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty men.
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 Ishtob, and Maacah, were by
themselves in the field.
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:
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.
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.
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.
And Joab drew nigh, and the people that were with him, unto the battle against the
Syrians: and they fled before him.
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.
And when the Syrians saw that they were smitten before Israel, they gathered
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
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.
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.
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.