2 Samuel 10:14

14 Then the Ammonites, seeing the Arameans run for dear life, took to their heels from Abishai and went into the city. So Joab left off fighting the Ammonites and returned to Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 10:14 Meaning and Commentary

2 Samuel 10:14

And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were
fled
In whom they put great confidence:

then they fled also before Abishai;
without engaging at all with him, as it seems:

and entered into the city;
out of which they came, either Rabbah or Medeba, for their safety:

so Joab returned from the children of Ammon;
did not stay to lay siege to their city, the season of the year not being proper for it, winter drawing near; see ( 2 Samuel 11:1 ) ;

and came to Jerusalem;
in triumph, to report to David the victory he had obtained.

2 Samuel 10:14 In-Context

12 Courage! We'll fight with might and main for our people and for the cities of our God. And God will do whatever he sees needs doing!"
13 But when Joab and his soldiers moved in to fight the Arameans, they ran off in full retreat.
14 Then the Ammonites, seeing the Arameans run for dear life, took to their heels from Abishai and went into the city. So Joab left off fighting the Ammonites and returned to Jerusalem.
15 When the Arameans saw how badly they'd been beaten by Israel, they picked up the pieces and regrouped.
16 Hadadezer sent for the Arameans who were across the River. They came to Helam. Shobach, commander of Hadadezer's army, led them.