At that time Hanani the prophet 1 visited King Asa of Judah and said to him: “Because you relied on the king of Syria and did not rely on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped from your hand.
The king of Assyria sent his chief adviser 1 from Lachish to King Hezekiah in Jerusalem, 2 along with a large army. The chief adviser 3 stood at the conduit of the upper pool which is located on the road to the field where they wash and dry cloth. 4
He did this while the army of the king of Babylon was attacking Jerusalem and the cities of Lachish and Azekah. He was attacking these cities because they were the only fortified cities of Judah which were still holding out. 1
But the Babylonian 1 army chased after them. They caught up with Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho 2 and captured him. 3 They took him to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon at Riblah 4 in the territory of Hamath and Nebuchadnezzar passed sentence on him there.
When the three hundred men blew their trumpets, the Lord caused the Midianites to attack one another with their swords 1 throughout 2 the camp. The army fled to Beth Shittah on the way to Zererah. They went 3 to the border of Abel Meholah near Tabbath.
May the Lord punish him for the blood he shed; 1 behind my father David’s back he struck down and murdered with the sword two men who were more innocent and morally upright than he 2 – Abner son of Ner, commander of Israel’s army, and Amasa son of Jether, commander of Judah’s army.
When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the trees, act decisively. For at that moment the Lord is going before you to strike down the army 1 of the Philistines.”
As the sun was setting, a cry went through the camp, “Each one should return to his city and to his homeland.”
When all the Israelites who were in the valley saw that the army 1 had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned their cities and fled. The Philistines came and occupied them.
Three of the thirty leaders went down to David at the rocky cliff at the cave of Adullam, while a Philistine force was camped in the Valley of Rephaim.
The Egyptians chased after them, and all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh and his horsemen and his army overtook them camping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, before Baal-Zephon.
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.”
He met 1 with the people and appointed musicians to play before the Lord and praise his majestic splendor. As they marched ahead of the warriors they said: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his loyal love endures.” 2