Bible, King James Version
 And it came to pass after this, that the king of the
children of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his
 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 David's servants came into the land of the children of
 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?
 Wherefore Hanun took David's 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.
 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.
 And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank
before David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of
Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and
of king Maacah a thousand men, and of Ish-tob twelve thousand
 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the
host of the mighty men.
 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 Ish-tob, and Maacah, were by themselves in the
 When 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 the Syrians:
 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.
 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.
 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.
 And Joab drew nigh, and the people that were with
him, unto the battle against the Syrians: and they fled before
 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
 And when the Syrians saw that they were smitten
before Israel, they gathered themselves together.
 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.
 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
 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.
 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.