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1 And Ben-hadad the king of Syria gathered all his army together. And thirty-two kings [were] with him, and horses and chariots. And he went up and laid siege to Samaria, and warred against it.

2 And [he] sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel, and to the city, and said to him, Ben-hadad says this:

3 Your silver and your gold [are] mine, your wives also and your sons, the best are mine.

4 And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O King, according to your saying I [am] yours and all that I have.

5 And the messengers came again and said, Ben-hadad speaks in this way, saying, Although I have sent to you saying, You shall deliver me your silver and your gold and your wives and your sons,

6 yet I will send my servants to you tomorrow about this time, and they shall search your house and the houses of your servants. And it shall be, whatever is pleasant in your eyes, they will put [it] in their hand and take it away.

7 And the king of Israel called all the elders of the land and said, Please mark and see how this one seeks mischief. For he sent to me for my wives and for my sons, and for my silver and for my gold. And I did not keep them back from him.

8 And all the elders and all the people said to him, Do not listen nor consent!

9 And he said to the messengers of Ben-hadad, Tell my lord the king, All that you sent for to your servant at the first I will do, but this thing I may not do. And the messengers left and brought him word again.

10 And Ben-hadad sent to him and said, May the gods do so to me, and more also, if the dust of Samaria shall be enough for handfuls for all the people who follow me.

11 And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell [him], Do not let him who girds on boast himself like the one who loosens [his armor].

12 And it happened he heard this word, and he [was] drinking, he and the kings in the booths, he said to his servants, Set [in order], and they set in order against the city. And they placed the engines against the city.

13 And behold, a prophet came near to Ahab king of Israel, saying, So says Jehovah, Have you seen all this great multitude? Behold, I will deliver it into your hand today, and you shall know that I [am] the LORD.

14 And Ahab said, By whom? And he said, So says Jehovah, By the young men of the rulers of the provinces. And he said, Who shall order the battle? And he answered, You.

15 And he numbered the young men of the rulers of the provinces, and they were two hundred and thirty-two. And after them he numbered all the people, all the sons of Israel, seven thousand.

16 And they went out at noon. But Ben-hadad [was] drinking himself drunk in the booths, he and the kings, the thirty-two kings who helped him.

17 And the young men of the rulers of the provinces went out first. And Ben-hadad sent out, and they told him, saying, There are men coming out of Samaria.

18 And he said, If they have come out for peace, take them alive; or if they have come out for war, take them alive.

19 So these young men of the rulers of the provinces came out of the city, and the army which followed them.

20 And they each one killed his man. And the Syrians fled. And Israel pursued them. And Ben-hadad the king of Syria escaped on a horse with the horsemen.

21 And the king of Israel went out and struck the horses and chariots, and killed the Syrians with a great slaughter.

22 And the prophet came to the king of Israel and said to him, Go, strengthen yourself, and watch and see what you do. For at the return of the year the king of Syria will come up against you.

23 And the servants of the king of Syria said to him, Their gods [are] gods of the hills. On account of this they were stronger than we were. But let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.

24 And do this thing, take the kings away, each man out of his place, and put commanders in their places,

25 and number an army like the army that you have lost, horse for horse and chariot for chariot. And we will fight against them in the plain. Are we not stronger than they? And he listened to their voice and did so.

26 And it happened at the return of the year Ben-hadad numbered the Syrians that went up to Aphek to fight against Israel.

27 And the sons of Israel were numbered, and were fed, and went to meet them. And the sons of Israel pitched before them like two little flocks of goats. And the Syrians filled the country.

28 And a man of God came near and spoke to the king of Israel, and said, So says Jehovah, Because the Syrians have said, Jehovah [is] God of the hills, but He is not God of the valleys, therefore I will deliver all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I [am] Jehovah.

29 And they pitched over against one another seven days. And it happened in the seventh day, and the battle came up. And the sons of Israel struck Syria, a hundred thousand footmen in one day.

30 But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city. And [there] a wall fell on twenty-seven thousand of those remaining. And Ben-hadad fled and came into the city, into an inner room.

31 And his servants said to him, Behold now, we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel [are] merciful kings. Please let us put sackcloth on our loins and ropes on our heads, and go out to the king of Israel. Perhaps he will save your life.

32 And they bound sackcloth on their loins and ropes on their heads, and came to the king of Israel and said, Your servant Ben-hadad says, Please let me live. And he said, [Is] he still alive? He [is] my brother.

33 And the men carefully observed, and quickly caught [it] from him, and said, And they said, Your brother Ben-hadad. And he said, Go and bring him. And Ben-hadad came out to him, and he caused him to come up into the chariot.

34 And [Ben-hadad] said to him, The cities which my father took from your father, I will restore. And you shall make streets for you in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. And [Ahab said, I will send you away with this covenant. So he made a covenant with him and sent him away.

35 And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said to his neighbor, By the word of the LORD, please strike me! And the man refused to strike him.

36 And he said to him, Because you have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, behold, as soon as you have departed from me, a lion shall kill you. And as soon as he had departed from him, a lion found him and killed him.

37 And he found another man and said, Please strike me. And the man struck him, so that he wounded [him] in striking him.

38 And the prophet went and waited for the king by the wayside, and disguised himself with ashes on his face.

39 And as the king passed by, it happened he cried to the king. And he said, Your servant went out into the middle of the battle, and, behold, a man turned aside and brought a man to me and said, Keep this man. If he is missing by any means, then your life shall be for his life, or else you shall pay a talent of silver.

40 And it happened as your servant was busy here and there, he was gone! And the king of Israel said to him, So [shall] your judgment be; you yourself have decided [it].

41 And he hurried and took the ashes away from his face. And the king of Israel saw that he [was] one of the prophets.

42 And he said to him, So says the LORD, Because you have let go out of [your] hand a man whom I devoted [to destruction], therefore your life shall be for his life, and your people for his people.

43 And the king of Israel went to his house heavy and displeased, and came to Samaria.