First Kings 20

20:1 And Ben-hadad the king of Syria collected all his army: and
 [there were] thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and
 chariots: and he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred
 against it.
20:2 And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the
 city, and said to him, Thus saith Ben-hadad,
20:3 Thy silver and thy gold [is] mine; thy wives also and thy
 children, [even] the most comely, [are] mine.
20:4 And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O king,
 according to thy saying, I [am] thine, and all that I have.
20:5 And the messengers came again, and said, Thus speaketh
 Ben-hadad, saying, Although I have sent to thee, saying, Thou
 shalt deliver to me thy silver, and thy gold, and thy wives,
 and thy children;
20:6 Yet I will send my servants to thee to-morrow about this
 time, and they shall search thy house, and the houses of thy
 servants; and it shall be, [that] whatever is pleasant in thy
 eyes, they shall take [it] in their hand, and carry [it] away.
20:7 Then the king of Israel called all the elders of the land,
 and said, Mark, I pray you, and see how this [man] seeketh
 mischief: for he sent to me for my wives, and for my children,
 and for my silver, and for my gold, and I denied him not.
20:8 And all the elders and all the people said to him, Hearken
 not [to him], nor consent.
20:9 Wherefore he said to the messengers of Ben-hadad, Tell my
 lord the king, All that thou didst send for to thy servant at
 the first, I will do: but this thing I may not do. And the
 messengers departed, and brought him word again.
20:10 And Ben-hadad sent to him, and said, The gods do so to me,
 and more also, if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for
 handfuls for all the people that follow me.
20:11 And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell [him], Let
 not him that girdeth on [his harness] boast himself as he that
 putteth it off.
20:12 And it came to pass, when [Ben-hadad] heard this message
 as he [was] drinking, he and the kings in the pavilions, that
 he said to his servants, Set [yourselves in array]. And they
 set [themselves in array] against the city.
20:13 And behold, there came a prophet to Ahab king of Israel,
 saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou seen all this great
 multitude? behold, I will deliver it into thy hand this day;
 and thou shalt know that I [am] the LORD.
20:14 And Ahab said, By whom? And he said, Thus saith the LORD,
 [Even] by the young men of the princes of the provinces. Then
 he said, Who shall order the battle? And he answered, Thou.
20:15 Then he numbered the young men of the princes of the
 provinces, and they were two hundred and thirty two: and after
 them he numbered all the people, [even] all the children of
 Israel, [being] seven thousand.
20:16 And they went out at noon. But Ben-hadad [was] drinking
 himself drunk in the pavilions, he and the kings, the thirty
 and two kings that helped him.
20:17 And the young men of the princes of the provinces went out
 first; and Ben-hadad sent out, and they told him, saying, There
 are men come out of Samaria.
20:18 And he said, Whether they have come out for peace, take
 them alive; or whether they have come out for war, take them
20:19 So these young men of the princes of the provinces came
 out of the city, and the army which followed them.
20:20 And they slew every one his man: and the Syrians fled; and
 Israel pursued them: and Ben-hadad the king of Syria escaped on
 a horse with the horsemen.
20:21 And the king of Israel went out, and smote the horses and
 chariots, and slew the Syrians with a great slaughter.
20:22 And the prophet came to the king of Israel, and said to
 him, Go, strengthen thyself, and mark, and see what thou doest:
 for at the return of the year the king of Syria will come up
 against thee.
20:23 And the servants of the king of Syria said to him, Their
 gods [are] gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than
 we; but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we
 shall be stronger than they.
20:24 And do this thing, Take the kings away, every man out of
 his place, and put captains in their rooms:
20:25 And number thee an army, like the army that thou hast
 lost, horse for horse, and chariot for chariot: and we will
 fight against them in the plain, [and] surely we shall be
 stronger than they. And he hearkened to their voice, and did
20:26 And it came to pass at the return of the year, that
 Ben-hadad numbered the Syrians, and went up to Aphek, to fight
 against Israel.
20:27 And the children of Israel were numbered, and were all
 present, and went against them: and the children of Israel
 encamped before them like two little flocks of kids; but the
 Syrians filled the country.
20:28 And there came a man of God, and spoke to the king of
 Israel, and said, Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have
 said, The LORD [is] God of the hills, but he [is] not God of
 the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude
 into thy hand, and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD.
20:29 And they encamped one over against the other seven days.
 And [so] it was, that in the seventh day the battle was joined:
 and the children of Israel slew of the Syrians a hundred
 thousand footmen in one day.
20:30 But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and [there] a
 wall fell upon twenty and seven thousand of the men [that were]
 left. And Ben-hadad fled, and came into the city, into an inner
20:31 And his servants said to him, Behold now, we have heard
 that the kings of the house of Israel [are] merciful kings: let
 us, I pray thee, put sackcloth on our loins, and ropes upon our
 heads, and go out to the king of Israel: it may be he will save
 thy life.
20:32 So they girded sackcloth on their loins, and [put] ropes
 on their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, Thy
 servant Ben-hadad saith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said,
 [Is] he yet alive? he [is] my brother.
20:33 Now the men diligently observed whether [any thing would
 come] from him, and did hastily catch [it]: and they said, Thy
 brother Ben-hadad. Then he said, Go ye, bring him. Then
 Ben-hadad came forth to him; and he caused him to come up into
 the chariot.
20:34 And [Ben-hadad] said to him, The cities, which my father
 took from thy father, I will restore; and thou shalt make
 streets for thee in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria.
 Then [said Ahab], I will send thee away with this covenant. So
 he made a covenant with him, and sent him away.
20:35 And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said to his
 neighbor in the word of the LORD, Smite me, I pray thee. And
 the man refused to smite him.
20:36 Then said he to him, Because thou hast not obeyed the
 voice of the LORD, behold, as soon as thou hast departed from
 me, a lion will slay thee. And as soon as he had departed from
 him, a lion found him, and slew him.
20:37 Then he found another man, and said, Smite me, I pray
 thee. And the man smote him, so that in smiting he wounded
20:38 So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the
 way, and disguised himself with ashes upon his face.
20:39 And as the king passed by, he cried to the king: and he
 said, Thy servant went out into the midst of the battle; and
 behold, a man turned aside, and brought a man to me, and said,
 Keep this man: if by any means he shall be missing, then shall
 thy life be for his life, or else thou shalt pay a talent of
20:40 And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone.
 And the king of Israel said to him, So [shall] thy judgment
 [be]; thyself hast decided [it].
20:41 And he hasted, and took the ashes away from his face; and
 the king of Israel discerned him that he [was] of the prophets.
20:42 And he said to him, Thus saith the LORD, Because thou hast
 let go out of [thy] hand a man whom I appointed to utter
 destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy
 people for his people.
20:43 And the king of Israel went to his house heavy and
 displeased, and came to Samaria.

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