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1 Now as Saul watched David going out to fight the Philistine, he asked Abner, the general in command of the army, “Whose son is this young man, Abner?” Abner replied, “As surely as you live, O king, I don’t know.”
So David set out and went to the place where Saul was camped. David saw the place where Saul and Abner son of Ner, the general in command of his army, were sleeping. Now Saul was lying in the entrenchment, and the army was camped all around him.
The Arameans fled before Israel. David killed 700 Aramean charioteers and 40,000 foot soldiers. 1 He also struck down Shobach, the general in command of the army, who died there.
Say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my flesh and blood? 1 God will punish me severely, 2 if from this time on you are not the commander of my army in place of Joab!’”
The king told Joab, the general in command of his army, “Go through all the tribes of Israel from Dan to Beer Sheba and muster the army, so I may know the size of the army.”
While in Egypt Hadad heard that David had passed away 1 and that Joab, the commander of the army, was dead. So Hadad asked Pharaoh, “Give me permission to leave 2 so I can return to my homeland.”
While deployed there, the army received this report: 1 “Zimri has conspired against the king and assassinated him.” 2 So all Israel made Omri, the commander of the army, king over Israel that very day in the camp.
The king 1 sent a captain and his fifty soldiers 2 to retrieve Elijah. 3 The captain 4 went up to him, while he was sitting on the top of a hill. 5 He told him, “Prophet, 6 the king says, ‘Come down!’”
Elijah replied to the captain, 1 “If I am indeed a prophet, may fire come down from the sky and consume you and your fifty soldiers!” Fire then came down 2 from the sky and consumed him and his fifty soldiers.
Elisha said to Gehazi, 1 “Tell her, ‘Look, you have treated us with such great respect. 2 What can I do for you? Can I put in a good word for you with the king or the commander of the army?’” She replied, “I’m quite secure.” 3
Now Naaman, the commander of the king of Syria’s army, was esteemed and respected by his master, 1 for through him the Lord had given Syria military victories. But this great warrior had a skin disease. 2
When the Arameans realized they had been defeated by Israel, they sent for reinforcements from beyond the Euphrates River, 1 led by Shophach the commanding general of Hadadezer’s army. 2
The Arameans fled before Israel. David killed 7,000 1 Aramean charioteers and 40,000 infantrymen; he also killed Shophach 2 the commanding general.
In the eighteenth year of his reign, he continued his policy of purifying the land and the temple. 1 He sent Shaphan son of Azaliah, Maaseiah the city official, and Joah son of Joahaz the secretary to repair the temple of the Lord his God.
Shallun son of Col-Hozeh, head of the district of Mizpah, worked on the Fountain Gate. He rebuilt it, put on its roof, and positioned its doors, its bolts, and its bars. In addition, he rebuilt the wall of the Pool of Siloam, 1 by the royal garden, as far as the steps that go down from the City of David.
Nehemiah son of Azbuk, head of a half-district of Beth Zur, worked after him as far as the tombs of David and the artificial pool and the House of the Warriors.
For a child has been 1 born to us, a son has been given to us. He shoulders responsibility and is called: 2 Extraordinary Strategist, 3 Mighty God, 4 Everlasting Father, 5 Prince of Peace. 6
This is the order Jeremiah the prophet gave to Seraiah son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah, when he went to King Zedekiah of Judah in Babylon during the fourth year of his reign. 1 (Seraiah was a quartermaster.) 2
But he 1 responded to Daniel, “I fear my master the king. He is the one who has decided 2 your food and drink. What would happen if he saw that you looked malnourished in comparison to the other young men your age? 3 If that happened, 4 you would endanger my life 5 with the king!”
He brought all the priests from the cities of Judah and ruined 1 the high places where the priests had offered sacrifices, from Geba to Beer Sheba. 2 He tore down the high place of the goat idols 3 situated at the entrance of the gate of Joshua, the city official, on the left side of the city gate.