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Now King Ben Hadad of Syria assembled all his army, along with thirty-two other kings with their horses and chariots. He marched against Samaria 1 and besieged and attacked it. 2
The prophet 1 visited the king of Israel and instructed him, “Go, fortify your defenses. 2 Determine 3 what you must do, for in the spring 4 the king of Syria will attack 5 you.”
Now the advisers 1 of the king of Syria said to him: “Their God is a god of the mountains. That’s why they overpowered us. But if we fight them in the plains, we will certainly overpower them.
The armies were deployed opposite each other for seven days. On the seventh day the battle began, and the Israelites killed 100,000 Syrian foot soldiers in one day.
Now the king of Syria had ordered his thirty-two chariot commanders, “Do not fight common soldiers or high-ranking officers; 1 fight only the king of Israel.”
The king of Syria said, “Go! I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So Naaman 1 went, taking with him ten talents 2 of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, 3 and ten suits of clothes.
This made the king of Syria upset. 1 So he summoned his advisers 2 and said to them, “One of us must be helping the king of Israel.” 3
If we go into the city, we’ll die of starvation, 1 and if we stay here we’ll die! So come on, let’s defect 2 to the Syrian camp! If they spare us, 3 we’ll live; if they kill us – well, we were going to die anyway.” 4
The Lord had caused the Syrian camp to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a large army. Then they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has paid the kings of the Hittites and Egypt to attack us!”
So they went and called out to the gatekeepers 1 of the city. They told them, “We entered the Syrian camp and there was no one there. We didn’t even hear a man’s voice. 2 But the horses and donkeys are still tied up, and the tents remain up.” 3
So Hazael went to visit Elisha. 1 He took along a gift, 2 as well as 3 forty camel loads of all the fine things of Damascus. When he arrived, he stood before him and said, “Your son, 4 King Ben Hadad of Syria, has sent me to you with this question, 5 ‘Will I recover from this sickness?’”
Hazael said, “How could your servant, who is as insignificant as a dog, accomplish this great military victory?” 1 Elisha answered, “The Lord has revealed to me that you will be the king of Syria.” 2
Then Jehu son of Jehoshaphat son of Nimshi conspired against Joram.Now Joram had been in Ramoth Gilead with the whole Israelite army, 1 guarding against an invasion by King Hazael of Syria.
But King Joram had returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds he received from the Syrians 1 when he fought against King Hazael of Syria. 2 Jehu told his supporters, 3 “If you really want me to be king, 4 then don’t let anyone escape from the city to go and warn Jezreel.”
Jehoahaz had no army left 1 except for fifty horsemen, ten chariots, and 10,000 foot soldiers. The king of Syria had destroyed his troops 2 and trampled on them like dust. 3
Ahaz sent messengers to King Tiglath-pileser of Assyria, saying, “I am your servant and your dependent. 1 March up and rescue me from the power 2 of the king of Syria and the king of Israel, who have attacked 3 me.”
The Lord sent against him Babylonian, Syrian, Moabite, and Ammonite raiding bands; he sent them to destroy Judah, as he had warned he would do through his servants the prophets. 1
(Geshur and Aram captured the towns of Jair, 1 along with Kenath and its sixty surrounding towns.) All these were descendants of Makir, the father of Gilead.
When the Ammonites realized that David was disgusted with them, 1 Hanun and the Ammonites sent 1,000 talents 2 of silver to hire chariots and charioteers from Aram Naharaim, Aram Maacah, and Zobah. 3
When David was informed, he gathered all Israel, crossed the Jordan River, 1 and marched against them. 2 David deployed his army against the Arameans for battle and they fought against him. 3