1In the spring, Ben-hadad mustered the Syrians and went up to 2Aphek to fight against Israel.
And the people of Israel were mustered and were provisioned and went against them. The people of Israel encamped before them like two little flocks of goats, but the Syrians filled the country.
And a 3man of God came near and said to the king of Israel, "Thus says the LORD, 'Because the Syrians have said, 4"The LORD is a god of the hills but he is not a god of the valleys," therefore 5I will give all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD.'"
And they encamped opposite one another seven days. Then on the seventh day the battle was joined. And the people of Israel struck down of the Syrians 100,000 foot soldiers in one day.
And the rest fled into the city of 6Aphek, and the wall fell upon 27,000 men who were left. Ben-hadad also fled and entered 7an inner chamber in the city.
And his servants said to him, "Behold now, we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings. Let us 8put sackcloth around our waists and ropes on our heads and go out to the king of Israel. Perhaps he will spare your life."
So they 9tied sackcloth around their waists and put ropes on their heads and went to the king of Israel and said, "Your servant Ben-hadad says, 'Please, let me live.'" And he said, "Does he still live? He is my brother."
Now the men were watching for a sign, and they quickly took it up from him and said, "Yes, your brother Ben-hadad." Then he said, "Go and bring him." Then Ben-hadad came out to him, and he caused him to come up into the chariot.
And Ben-hadad said to him, 10"The cities that my father took from your father I will restore, and you may establish bazaars for yourself in 11Damascus, as my father did in Samaria." And Ahab said, "I will let you go on these terms." So he made a covenant with him and let him go.