Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with their armies. There were about fifteen thousand survivors from the army of the eastern peoples; a hundred and twenty thousand sword-wielding soldiers had been killed. 1
David said to Abner, “Aren’t you a man? After all, who is like you in Israel? Why then haven’t you protected your lord the king? One of the soldiers came to kill your lord the king.
So David issued orders to the soldiers and they put them to death. Then they cut off their hands and feet and hung them 1 near the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth 2 and buried it in the tomb of Abner 3 in Hebron. 4
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.
If that happens even the bravest soldier – one who is lion-hearted – will virtually melt away. For all Israel knows that your father is a warrior and that those who are with him are brave.
Joab reported the number of warriors 1 to the king. In Israel there were 800,000 sword-wielding warriors, and in Judah there were 500,000 soldiers.
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.
Elijah replied to them, 1 “If I am indeed a prophet, may fire come down from the sky and consume you and your fifty soldiers!” Fire from God 2 came down from the sky and consumed him and his fifty soldiers.
Uzziah had an army of skilled warriors trained for battle. They were organized by divisions according to the muster rolls made by Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the officer under the authority of Hananiah, a royal official.
One thousand will scurry at the battle cry of one enemy soldier; 1 at the battle cry of five enemy soldiers you will all run away, 2 until the remaining few are as isolated 3 as a flagpole on a mountaintop or a signal flag on a hill.”
Even her mercenaries 1 will prove to be like pampered, 2 well-fed calves. For they too will turn and run away. They will not stand their ground when 3 the time for them to be destroyed comes, the time for them to be punished.
The soldiers of Babylonia will stop fighting. They will remain in their fortified cities. They will lose their strength to do battle. 1 They will be as frightened as women. 2 The houses in her cities will be set on fire. The gates of her cities will be broken down. 3
The sovereign Lord says this: “The city that marches out with a thousand soldiers 1 will have only a hundred left; the town 2 that marches out with a hundred soldiers 3 will have only ten left for the family of Israel.” 4