O royal family descended from David. 1 The Lord says: ‘See to it that people each day 2 are judged fairly. 3 Deliver those who have been robbed from those 4 who oppress them. Otherwise, my wrath will blaze out against you. It will burn like a fire that cannot be put out because of the evil that you have done. 5
I will set 1 your boundaries from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the River, 2 for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you will drive them out before you.
The cities that the Philistines had captured from Israel were returned to Israel, from Ekron to Gath. Israel also delivered their territory from the control 1 of the Philistines. There was also peace between Israel and the Amorites.
The Lord rewards each man for his integrity and loyalty. 1 Even though today the Lord delivered you into my hand, I was not willing to extend my hand against the Lord’s chosen one.
David said to him, “Can you take us down to this raiding party?” He said, “Swear to me by God that you will not kill me or hand me over to my master, and I will take you down to this raiding party.”
But David said, “No! You shouldn’t do this, my brothers. Look at what the Lord has given us! 1 He has protected us and has delivered into our hands the raiding party that came against us.
“The time will come when your people 1 will sin against you (for there is no one who is sinless!) and you will be angry with them and deliver them over to their enemies, who will take them as prisoners to their own land, 2 whether far away or close by.
The messengers came again and said, “This is what Ben Hadad says, ‘I sent this message to you, “You must give me your silver, gold, wives, and sons.”
Therefore you delivered them into the hand of their adversaries, who oppressed them. But in the time of their distress they called to you, and you heard from heaven. In your abundant compassion you provided them with deliverers to rescue them from 1 their adversaries.
At that time 1 those who live on this coast 2 will say, ‘Look what has happened to our source of hope to whom we fled for help, expecting to be rescued from the king of Assyria! How can we escape now?’”
With the rest of it he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships it. He prays to it, saying, ‘Rescue me, for you are my god!’
So let their children die of starvation. Let them be cut down by the sword. 1 Let their wives lose their husbands and children. Let the older men die of disease 2 and the younger men die by the sword in battle.