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Ben-Hadad's Second Attack
Today's Passage: 1 Kings 20:23-34
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23. After their defeat, Ben-hada's officers said to him "The Israelite gods are gods of the hills; that is why they won. But we can beat them easily on the plains.
24. Only this time replace the kings with field commanders!
25. Recruit another army like the one you lost. Give us the same number of horses, chariots, and men, and we will fight against them on the plains. There's no doubt that we will beat them." So King Ben-hadad did as they suggested.
26. The following spring he called up the Aramean army and marched out against Israel, this time at Aphek.
27. Israel then mustered its army, set up supply lines, and marched out for battle. But the Israelite army looked like two little flocks of goats in comparison to the vast Aramean forces that filled the countryside!
28. The two armies camped opposite each other for seven days, and on the seventh day the battle began. The Israelites killed 100,00 Aramean foot soldiers in one day.
30. The rest fled into the town of Aphek, but the wall fell on them and killed another 27,000. Ben-hadad fled into the town and hid in a secret room.
31. Ben-hadad's officers said to him, "Sir, we have heard that the kings of Israel are merciful. So let's humble ourselves by wearing burlap around our waists and putting ropes on our heads, and surrender to the king of Israel. Then perhaps he will let you live."
32. So they put on burlap and ropes, and they went to the king of Israel and begged, "Your servant Ben-hadad says, 'Please let me live!'"
The king of Israel responded, "Is he still alive? He is my brother!"
33. The men took this as a good sign and quickly picked up on his words. "Yes," they said, "your brother Ben-hadad!"
"Go and get him," the king of Israel told them. And when Ben-hadad arrived, Ahab invited him into his chariot.
34. "Ben-hadad told him, "I will give back the towns my father took from your father, and you may establish places of trade in Damascus, as my father did in Samaria."
35. Then Ahab said, "I will release you under these conditions." So they made a new treaty, and Ben-hadad was set free.
1 Kings 20:23-34
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