Ahab Defeats Ben-hadad Again

1 Kings 20

26 So it was, in the spring of the year, that BenHadad mustered the Syrians and went up to i Aphek to fight against Israel. 27 And the children of Israel were mustered and given provisions, and they went against them. Now the children of Israel encamped before them like two little flocks of goats, while the Syrians filled the j countryside. 28 Then a k man of God came and spoke to the king of Israel, and said, "Thus says the LORD: 'Because the Syrians have said, "The LORD is God of the hills, but He is not God of the valleys," therefore l I will deliver all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD.' " 29 And they encamped opposite each other for seven days. So it was that on the seventh day the battle was joined; and the children of Israel killed one hundred thousand foot soldiers of the Syrians in one day.

30 But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; then a wall fell on twenty-seven thousand of the men who were left. And BenHadad fled and went into the city, into an inner chamber. 31 Then his servants said to him, "Look now, we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings. Please, let us m put sackcloth around our waists and ropes around our heads, and go out to the king of Israel; perhaps he will spare your life." 32 So they wore sackcloth around their waists and put ropes around their heads, and came to the king of Israel and said, "Your servant BenHadad says, 'Please let me live.' " And he said, "Is he still alive? He is my brother." 33 Now the men were watching closely to see whether any sign of mercy would come from him; and they quickly grasped at this word and said, "Your brother BenHadad." So he said, "Go, bring him." Then BenHadad came out to him; and he had him come up into the chariot. 34 So BenHadad said to him, n "The cities which my father took from your father I will restore; and you may set up marketplaces for yourself in Damascus, as my father did in Samaria." Then Ahab said, "I will send you away with this treaty." So he made a treaty with him and sent him away.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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