2 Samuel 10:1-19, NLT
2 Samuel 10
David Defeats the Ammonites
1Some time after this, King Nahash*10:1 As in parallel text at 1 Chr 19:1; Hebrew reads the king. of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun became king.
But when David’s ambassadors arrived in the land of Ammon,
5When David heard what had happened, he sent messengers to tell the men, “Stay at Jericho until your beards grow out, and then come back.” For they felt deep shame because of their appearance.
6When the people of Ammon realized how seriously they had angered David, they sent and hired 20,000 Aramean foot soldiers from the lands of Beth-rehob and Zobah, 1,000 from the king of Maacah, and 12,000 from the land of Tob.
9When Joab saw that he would have to fight on both the front and the rear, he chose some of Israel’s elite troops and placed them under his personal command to fight the Arameans in the fields.
13When Joab and his troops attacked, the Arameans began to run away.
15The Arameans now realized that they were no match for Israel. So when they regrouped,
17When David heard what was happening, he mobilized all Israel, crossed the Jordan River, and led the army to Helam. The Arameans positioned themselves in battle formation and fought against David.