11Now it came about afterthis, that Nahash the king of the sons of Ammondied, and his sonbecameking in his place.
Then Davidsaid, "I will showkindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, because his fathershowedkindness to me." So Davidsentmessengers to console him concerning his father. And David'sservantscame into the land of the sons of Ammon to Hanun to console him.
But the princes of the sons of Ammonsaid to Hanun, "aDo you think that David is honoring your father, in that he has sentcomforters to you? Have not his servantscome to you to search and to overthrow and to spy out the land ?"
So HanuntookDavid'sservants and shaved them and cutoff their garments in the middle as far as their hips, and sent them away.
Then certain persons went and toldDavidabout the men. And he sent to meet them, for the men were greatlyhumiliated. And the kingsaid, "bStay at Jerichountil your beardsgrow, and then return."
When the sons of Ammonsaw that they had made themselves odious to David, Hanun and the sons of Ammonsent1,000talents of silver to hire for themselves chariots and horsemen from Mesopotamia, from Aram-maacah and 2from Zobah.
So they hired for themselves 32,000chariots, and the king of Maacah and his people, who came and campedbefore3Medeba. And the sons of Ammongathered together from their cities and came to battle.
When Davidheard of it, he sentJoab and all the army, the mightymen.
The sons of Ammoncame out and drew up in battle array at the entrance of the city, and the kingswho had come were by themselves in the field.
Now when Joabsaw that the cbattle was set against him in front and in the rear, he selected from all the choice men of Israel and they arrayed themselves against the Arameans.
But the remainder of the people he placed in the hand of dAbshai his brother ; and they arrayed themselves against the sons of Ammon.
He said, "If the Arameans are toostrong for me, then you shall help me; but if the sons of Ammon are toostrong for you, then I will help you.
"Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God ; and may the LORDdowhat is good in His sight."
So Joab and the peoplewho were with him drewnear to the battleagainst the Arameans, and they fledbefore him.
When the sons of Ammonsaw that the Arameansfled, they alsofledbeforeAbshai his brother and entered the city. Then Joabcame to Jerusalem.
When the Arameanssaw that they had been edefeated by Israel, they sentmessengers and brought out the Arameanswho were beyond the fRiver, with Shophach the commander of the army of Hadadezergleading them.
When it was toldDavid, he gatheredallIsrael together and crossed the Jordan, and came upon them and drew up in formationagainst them. And when Daviddrew up in battle array against the Arameans, they foughtagainst him.
The ArameansfledbeforeIsrael, and Davidkilled of the Arameans7,000charioteers and 40,000footsoldiers , and put to deathShophach the commander of the army.
So when the servants of Hadadezersaw that they were hdefeated by Israel, they madepeace with David and served him. Thus the Arameans were not willing to help the sons of Ammonanymore.