11Now it happenedafterwards that 2the king of the Ammonitesdied, and Hanun his sonbecameking in his place.
Then Davidsaid, "I will showkindness to Hanun the son of 3Nahash, just as his fathershowedkindness to me." So Davidsentasome of his servants to console him concerning his father. But when David'sservantscame to the land of the Ammonites ,
the princes of the Ammonitessaid to Hanun their lord, "bDo you think that David is honoring your fatherbecause he has sentconsolers to you? 4Has David not sent his servants to you in order to search the city, to spy it out and overthrow it?"
So HanuntookDavid'sservants and 5shavedoffhalf of their beards, and 6cutoff their garments in the middle as far as their hips, and sent them away.
When they told it to David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatlyhumiliated. And the kingsaid, "cStay at Jerichountil your beardsgrow, and then return."
Now when the sons of Ammonsaw that 7they had becomeodious to David, the sons of Ammonsent and 8hired the Arameans of 9Beth-rehob and the 10Arameans of Zobah, 20,000footsoldiers, and the king of 11Maacah with 1,000men, and the men of Tob with 12,000men.
When Davidheard of it, he sentJoab and all the army, the mightymen.
The sons of Ammoncame out and drew up in battle array 12at the entrance of the dcity, while the Arameans of Zobah and of Rehob and the men of 13Tob and Maacah were by themselves in the field.
Now when Joabsaw that ethe battle was set against him in front and in the rear, he selected from all the choice men of Israel, and arrayed them against the Arameans.
But the remainder of the people he placed in the hand of Abishai his brother, and he arrayed them 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 come to help you.
"14Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and 15may the LORDdowhat is good in His sight."
So Joab and the peoplewho were with him drewnear to the battle against the Arameans, and 16they fledbefore him.
When the sons of Ammonsaw that the Arameansfled, they also fledbeforeAbishai and entered the city. 17Then Joabreturned from fighting against the sons of Ammon and came to Jerusalem.
When the Arameanssaw that they had been fdefeated by Israel, they gathered themselves together.
1618And Hadadezersent and brought out the Arameanswho were beyond the gRiver, and they came to Helam; and 19Shobach the commander of the army of Hadadezerhled them.
Now when it was toldDavid, he gatheredallIsrael together and crossed the Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Arameansarrayed themselves to meetDavid and foughtagainst him.
But the ArameansfledbeforeIsrael, and Davidkilledcharioteers of the Arameans and 40,000horsemen and struckdownShobach the commander of their army, and he diedthere.
When all the kings, servants of Hadadezer, saw that they were idefeated by Israel, 20they madepeace with Israel and served them. So the Arameansfeared to help the sons of Ammonanymore.