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For I made this vow 1 when I was living in Geshur in Aram: ‘If the Lord really does allow me to return to Jerusalem, 2 I will serve the Lord.’”
They paid 600 silver pieces for each chariot from Egypt and 150 silver pieces for each horse. They also sold chariots and horses to all the kings of the Hittites and to the kings of Syria. 1
He was Israel’s enemy throughout Solomon’s reign and, like Hadad, caused trouble. He loathed 1 Israel and ruled over Syria.
The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came and then head for the Desert of Damascus. Go and anoint Hazael king over Syria.
In the spring 1 Ben Hadad mustered the Syrian army 2 and marched to Aphek to fight Israel. 3
When the Israelites had mustered and had received their supplies, they marched out to face them in battle. When the Israelites deployed opposite them, they were like two small flocks 1 of goats, but the Syrians filled the land.
The king of Israel said to his servants, “Surely you recognize that Ramoth Gilead belongs to us, though we are hesitant to reclaim it from the king of Syria.” 1
Zedekiah son of Kenaanah made iron horns and said, “This is what the Lord says, ‘With these you will gore Syria until they are destroyed.’”
While the battle raged throughout the day, the king stood propped up in his chariot opposite the Syrians. He died in the evening; the blood from the wound ran down into the bottom of the chariot.
Now the king of Syria was at war with Israel. He consulted his advisers, who said, “Invade 1 at such and such 2 a place.”
But the prophet sent this message to the king of Israel, “Make sure you don’t pass through this place because Syria is invading there.”
So he threw a big banquet 1 for them and they ate and drank. Then he sent them back 2 to their master. After that no Syrian raiding parties again invaded the land of Israel.
Later King Ben Hadad of Syria assembled his entire army and attacked 1 and besieged Samaria. 2
So they tracked them 1 as far as the Jordan. The road was filled with clothes and equipment that the Syrians had discarded in their haste. 2 The scouts 3 went back and told the king.
Then the people went out and looted the Syrian camp. A seah 1 of finely milled flour sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, just as the Lord had said they would. 2
Elisha traveled to Damascus while King Ben Hadad of Syria was sick. The king 1 was told, “The prophet 2 has come here.”
He joined Ahab’s son Joram in a battle against King Hazael of Syria at Ramoth Gilead in which the Syrians defeated Joram.
At that time King Hazael of Syria attacked 1 Gath and captured it. Hazael then decided to attack Jerusalem. 2
The Lord was furious with 1 Israel and handed them over to 2 King Hazael of Syria and to Hazael’s son Ben Hadad for many years. 3
Jehoahaz asked for the Lord’s mercy 1 and the Lord responded favorably, 2 for he saw that Israel was oppressed by the king of Syria. 3