These, recorded by name, came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and attacked their tents and the Meunites who were found there, and destroyed them utterly to this day, and lived in their place, because there was pasture there for their flocks.
So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul, king of Assyria, even the spirit of Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away into exile, namely the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and brought them to Halah, Habor, Hara and to the river of Gozan, to this day.
and he said, "Be it far from me before my God that I should do this. Shall I drink the blood of these men who went at the risk of their lives ? For at the risk of their lives they brought it." Therefore he would not drink it. These things the three mighty men did.
"This was a small thing in Your eyes, O God ; but You have spoken of Your servant's house for a great while to come, and have regarded me according to the standard of a man of high degree, O LORD God.
Joab said, "May the LORD add to His people a hundred times as many as they are! But, my lord the king, are they not all my lord's servants ? Why does my lord seek this thing ? Why should he be a cause of guilt to Israel ?"
God was displeased with this thing, so He struck Israel.
David said to God, "I have sinned greatly, in that I have done this thing. But now, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly."