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.”
David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Should I pursue this raiding band? Will I overtake them?” He said to him, “Pursue, for you will certainly overtake them and carry out a rescue!”
They helped David fight against raiding bands, for all of them were warriors and leaders in the army.
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.
One day some men 1 were burying a man when they spotted 2 a raiding party. So they threw the dead man 3 into Elisha’s tomb. When the body 4 touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man 5 came to life and stood on his feet.
But a spirit 1 empowered 2 Amasai, the leader of the thirty warriors, and he said: 3 “We are yours, O David! We support 4 you, O son of Jesse! May you greatly prosper! 5 May those who help you prosper! 6 Indeed 7 your God helps you!” So David accepted them and made them leaders of raiding bands.
The residents of Jerusalem 1 made his youngest son Ahaziah king in his place, for the raiding party that invaded the city with the Arabs had killed all the older sons. 2 So Ahaziah son of Jehoram became king of Judah.
Now the troops Amaziah had dismissed and had not allowed to fight in the battle 1 raided 2 the cities of Judah from Samaria 3 to Beth Horon. They killed 4 3,000 people and carried off a large amount of plunder.