David sends envoys for condolences; but the Ammonites doubt 1
Ammonites prepare to fight 6
Syrians and Ammonites flee 9
Syrians come to fight David and are defeated 15
|1 ¶ And
it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of Ammon died,
and Hanun his son reigned in his stead.
2 Then said David, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father shewed kindness unto me. And David sent to comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And Davidís servants came into the land of the children of Ammon.
3 And the princes of the children of Ammon said unto Hanun their lord, Thinkest thou that David doth honour thy father, that he hath sent comforters unto thee? hath not David rather sent his servants unto thee, to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?
- King of ... Ammon died The king was Nahash according to
Chron. 19. He probably was the one who helped David in the time of
3 - Sent comforters The motive was misjudged. The Ammonites hated the Hebrews and their religion. The words were false and set to make trouble.
Wherefore Hanun took Davidís servants, and shaved off the one half of their
beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks,
and sent them away.
5 When they told it unto David, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed: and the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown, and then return.
|4 - Shaved ... half of their beards Humiliation beyond the cultural aspect. Also ez0501.|
|6 ¶ And
when the children of Ammon saw that they stank before David, the children
of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Bethrehob, and the Syrians of Zoba,
twenty thousand footmen, and of king Maacah a thousand men, and of Ishtob
twelve thousand men.
7 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty men.
8 And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array at the entering in of the gate: and the Syrians of Zoba, and of Rehob, and Ishtob, and Maacah, were by themselves in the field.
| 6 -
... stank ... Hanun hired mercenary troops 1ch1906.
He wanted to remove Israel totally.
6 - Ish-tob "that is, 'the men of Tob''--the place of Jephthah's marauding adventures (see also 1Ch 19:6; Ps 60:1, title). As the Israelite soldiers poured into the Ammonite territory, that people met them at the frontier town of Medeba (1Ch 19:7-9), the native troops covering the city, while the Syrian mercenaries lay at some distance encamped in the fields. In making the attack, Joab divided his forces into two separate detachments--the one of which, under the command of his brother, Abishai, was to concentrate its attack upon the city, while he himself marched against the overwhelming host of mercenary auxiliaries. It was a just and necessary war that had been forced on Israel, and they could hope for the blessing of God upon their arms. With great judgment the battle opened against the mercenaries, who could not stand against the furious onset of Joab, and not feeling the cause their own, consulted their safety by flight. The Ammonites, who had placed their chief dependence upon a foreign aid, then retreated to entrench themselves within the walls of the town." (JFB).
8 - Ammon ... battle This city was probably Rabbah at the location of modern Amân Jordan.
8 - Zoba See 2sa0803.
Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him before and behind,
he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against
10 And the rest of the people he delivered into the hand of Abishai his brother, that he might put them in array against the children of Ammon.
11 And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then thou shalt help me: but if the children of Ammon be too strong for thee, then I will come and help thee.
|9 - Battle ... against him The Syrians and the Ammonites were already in two groups one for each of the enemy groups.|
|12 Be of good courage, and
let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and
the LORD do that which seemeth him good.
13 And Joab drew nigh, and the people that were with him, unto the battle against the Syrians: and they fled before him.
14 And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled, then fled they also before Abishai, and entered into the city. So Joab returned from the children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem.
|12 - The land had been promised by God.|
And when the Syrians saw that they were smitten before Israel, they gathered
16 And Hadarezer sent, and brought out the Syrians that were beyond the river: and they came to Helam; and Shobach the captain of the host of Hadarezer went before them.
17 And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together, and passed over Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set themselves in array against David, and fought with him.
18 And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew the men of seven hundred chariots of the Syrians, and forty thousand horsemen, and smote Shobach the captain of their host, who died there.
19 And when all the kings that were servants to Hadarezer saw that they were smitten before Israel, they made peace with Israel, and served them. So the Syrians feared to help the children of Ammon any more.
|Hadarezer was a powerful Syrian king. This war threatened to destroy Israel. Abraham and Moses had predicted that the kingdom of Israel would reach to the Euphrates. Here is the fulfillment ge1518, de1124. David took over the vassal kings that were under Hadarezer. David ruled at the high point of Israel's glory.|