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2 Samuel 10:8-14

10:8 The Ammonites marched out and were deployed for battle at the entrance of the city gate, while the men from Aram Zobah, Rehob, Ish-tob, and Maacah were by themselves in the field.

10:9 When Joab saw that the battle would be fought on two fronts, he chose some of Israel’s best men and deployed them against the Arameans. 1  10:10 He put his brother Abishai in charge of the rest of the army 2  and they were deployed 3  against the Ammonites. 10:11 Joab 4  said, “If the Arameans start to overpower me, 5  you come to my rescue. If the Ammonites start to overpower you, 6  I will come to your rescue. 10:12 Be strong! Let’s fight bravely for the sake of our people and the cities of our God! The Lord will do what he decides is best!” 7 

10:13 So Joab and his men 8  marched out to do battle with the Arameans, and they fled before him. 10:14 When the Ammonites saw the Arameans flee, they fled before his brother Abishai and went into the city. Joab withdrew from fighting the Ammonites and returned to 9  Jerusalem. 10 

1 tn Heb “and Joab saw that the face of the battle was to him before and behind and he chose from all the best in Israel and arranged to meet Aram.”

2 tn Heb “people.”

3 tn Heb “he arranged.”

4 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Joab) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

5 tn Heb “if Aram is stronger than me.”

6 tn Heb “if the sons of Ammon are stronger than you.”

7 tn Heb “and the Lord will do what is good in his eyes.”

8 tn Heb “and the army which was with him.”

9 tn Heb “and Joab returned from against the sons of Ammon and entered.”

10 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

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