And in the middle of the day they went out. But Ben-hadad was drinking in the tents with the thirty-two kings who were helping him.
And the servants of the chiefs who were over the divisions of the land went forward first; and when Ben-hadad sent out, they gave him the news, saying, Men have come out from Samaria.
And he said, If they have come out for peace, take them living, and if they have come out for war, take them living.
So the servants of the chiefs of the divisions of the land went out of the town, with the army coming after them.
And every one of them put his man to death, and the Aramaeans went in flight with Israel after them; and Ben-hadad, king of Aram, got away safely on a horse with his horsemen.
And the king of Israel went out and took the horses and the war-carriages, and made great destruction among the Aramaeans.
Then the prophet came up to the king of Israel, and said to him, Now make yourself strong, and take care what you do, or a year from now the king of Aram will come up against you again.
Then the king of Aram's servants said to him, Their god is a god of the hills; that is why they were stronger than we: but if we make an attack on them in the lowlands, we will certainly be stronger than they.
This is what you have to do: take away the kings from their positions, and put captains in their places;
And get together another army like the one which came to destruction, horse for horse, and carriage for carriage; and let us make war on them in the lowlands, and certainly we will be stronger than they. And he gave ear to what they said, and did so.
So, a year later, Ben-hadad got the Aramaeans together and went up to Aphek to make war on Israel.