2 Samuel 10
And it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of Ammon
died, and Hanun his son reigned in his stead.||
(10:2) "Then said David, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father shewed kindness unto me."|
Nahash gouged out the eyes of Israelite messengers (or at least threatened to) in 1 Samuel 11.
That's a strange way to show kindness!
David Mourns the Eye-Gouger
(See 1 Samuel 11)
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.
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?
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.||
(10:4) "Hanun ... shaved off the one half of their beards, and cutt off their garments ... even to their
That'll teach 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 return.||
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
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
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 themselves together.||
40,700 Aramaeans Killed
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.
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.||
(10:18) "David slew the men of seven hundred chariots
of the Syrians, and forty thousand horsemen."|
How many did David kill?
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.