2 Samuel Chapter 10

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2 Samuel 10

1 And it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his stead.

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 Ammon.

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 Bethrehob and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and of king Maacah a thousand men, and of Ishtob twelve thousand men.

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 Ishtob, and Maacah, were by themselves in the field.

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:

10 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.

11 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.

12 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.

13 And Joab drew nigh, and the people that were with him, unto the battle against the Syrians: and they fled before him.

14 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 to Jerusalem.

15 And when the Syrians saw that they were smitten before Israel, they gathered themselves together.

16 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.

17 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 him.

18 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.

19 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.

42 thoughts on “2 Samuel Chapter 10

  1. WHen God’s people truly trust in Him, their enemies will flee. We have a promise;

    James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

  2. iLove to eat Breakfast with Jesus

    BAD COUNSEL

    3 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?

    The Prince of this World is going to whisper bad counsel into your ears…and into the ears of your kinfolk…

    Wait a minute, who were the Children of Ammon again?
    AMMON H5983
    עמּון
    ‛ammôn
    am-mone’
    From H5971; tribal, that is, inbred; Ammon, a son of Lot; also his posterity and their country: – Ammon, Ammonites.

    THE COST OF A BAD DECISION

    19 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.

    THE KING OF AMMON SHOULD NOT HAVE LISTENED TO THE PRINCES…BUT HE DID AND HE HAD TO PAY THE PRICE OF THAT DECISION.

  3. 1 Co 15: 33 “Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good morals.”

    I bet David didn’t expect the slap in the face he got for his good intentions to vs2 “show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father showed kindness to me.” Hunan choosing to listen to this BAD council and pride will ultimately lead him and his people to defeat. Many times after a victory like the one he encountered the Moabites, Syrians and the Philistines its easy to drop your gaurd, but as we see here David flew perfectly into action, he didnt get scared and run away. Instead he told his servants to mend themselves in Jericho, where nobody is supposed to inhabit, so they arent seen in their shame. Most Hebrew men at this time wore full beards, which they kept oiled with pride. To shave off half the beard of David’s servants, as well as to cut their clothing to an indecent length, was a grave insult. This action was especially provocative because these men, as ambasadors of a king,should have been granted the usual diplomatic imunity. This wasn’t an attack on the ambassadors but personally on David. Many times when the enemy is trying to attack us he will attack the ones we love in order to get to us. In the Lord’s case, he is impenatrable of the enemy, the only way that the enemy can hurt the Lord is by attacking his children,hence the ambassadors. In 2 Co 5: 20 “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”

    vs 15 “when the Syrians saw that they were defeated by Isreal, they gathered together.” Alone the enemy is no match, but when they group up together they only “seem” tougher. Like David we too should take the battle full on, he didn’t say wait, we will meet back up and fight tomorrow, same time, same place. No, he sprung into action at Helam. vs 18 “Then the Syrians fled before Israel.” Instead of killing them all as he ought to have, he allowed peace with them to be servants. So it turns out that the Hunan side of Ammons support failed them, in fact Syria was “scared” to go to battle with them again because of this incident. If we tackle the enemy head on as it flares its nasty head, we have a better chance of estinguishing it. We are called to obliterate all sin.2 Co 10: 3 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”

  4. Be careful who your friends are

    6 And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank before David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Bethrehob and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and of king Maacah a thousand men, and of Ishtob twelve thousand men.

    18 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.

    Ammon panicked and recruited help to fight against God’s people. The Syrians who no doubt have heard the stories of Joshua and the conquests of Israel perhaps had something to gain by joining.

    The amplified version says in 1 Corinthians 15:33
    Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.

    There is something spiritual that happens when people fellowship with the wrong crowd. Hearts are opened to one another and, if we are not careful, the enemy can creep in.

    The book of Jude says Jude 1:23
    And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

    Soul winning requires an awareness of your situation. Going to the flames to pull people out means we reach beyond their temptation, addiction, and lifestyle. We love the soul but hold on to a hatred of sin.

    Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:27
    But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

    The word castaway means worthless, rejected, unfit for, reprobate

    The Syrians thought it was a good idea to help Ammon and join together in spirit and purpose. We must stay connected to the kingdom or we will find ourselves, like the Syrians, battling against the armies of the Lord.

    James 4:4
    Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

  5. There must be a balance in life between our actions and our faith in God. David said “Let us fight bravely.” In other words, they should do what they could, using their minds to figure out the best techniques and using their resources. He also said ” The Lord will do what is good in his sight.” He knew that the outcome was in God’s hands. We should use our minds and our resources to obey God, while at the same time trusting God for the outcome.

  6. David reached out his hand because of ammon his father and was shamed be carefull ho you talk about and ho you shame if GOD be with use ho can be against use

  7. Be careful who you allow to speak into your life.

    3 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?

    Prov. 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

    Prov 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

    Hanun should of known better. His father probably had told him about his relationship with David, but he allowed the gossipers of life to speak lies into his life. He sold his fathers truth. The truth that David and his father had always dealt kindly one to the other. He allowed the council of evil in his life. Where did that take him, it took him to an unnecessary battle. That is what happens to us if we were to partake in gossips and lies. We will face unnecessary battles and the casualties will be many. How do we keep from this happening to us? Praying in the Holy Ghost daily, that way you will be able to discern if you are listening to God or the enemy.

  8. THE STRENGTH OF UNITY AND THE WEAKNESS OF HIRELINGS

    11 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.
    12 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.
    13 And Joab drew nigh, and the people that were with him, unto the battle against the Syrians: and they fled before him.

    GOD amazes me with the revelation of how he works for his people. Joab under the direction of David utilized the resources made available to him and through UNITY and ORDER the adversary fled! There is a POWERFUL message here for us to glean from.

    1. If we allow UNITY to PREVAIL, we appear as ONE and that is the will and image of GOD.
    2. If we remain UNDER AUTHORITY, we will set in the place GOD has PLACED us for now.

    Our adversaries fear UNITY and SUBMISSION, this is why there is such a struggle to remain in both.

    Most adversaries are hirelings, which means they have no interest in the fight other than a paycheck.
    6 And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank before David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Bethrehob and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and of king Maacah a thousand men, and of Ishtob twelve thousand men.

    Regardless of how many hirelings that come against us UNITY and SUBMISSION will prevail.

    18 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.

    iPray
    iWork
    iServe
    iSubmit

  9. It seems in the past few chapters and while David is trying to what is right, the enemy still has a way of creeping in and causing havoc. We must be always aware that the enemies job is to create confusion. We must be cautious and aware at all times and not allow the confusion sown by the enemy to reside and rule. Keep focused, avoid distraction and follow the purpose of the Kingdom. God will fight your battles and you will be victorious

  10. V .3 … Thinkest thou that David doth honor thy father, that he hath sent comforters unto thee?

    Make sure that your ears are always in tune to the right station, God’s voice. And not the world’s voice. God is always willing to stretch out his hand toward you, but you’ve rejected to be comforted. The enemy has made you question what is good(God), being tuned into the wrong station can lead you to death

  11. Do not judge other peoples worth. David sent his servents as comforters. But they thought these were not good enough and so they must be spies. Instead of seeing Davids heart.
    Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abashed: and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
    They exalted themselves and were abashed.

    2 Then David said, “I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father showed kindness to me.”

    So David sent by the hand of his servants to comfort him concerning his father. And David’s servants came into the land of the people of Ammon. 3 And the princes of the people of Ammon said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think that David really honors your father because he has sent comforters to you? Has David not rather sent his servants to you to search the city, to spy it out, and to overthrow it?”

    4 Therefore Hanun took David’s servants,

  12. In this scripture, there are many things to notice. Notice how, God can make your enemies flee before you. Not only do they flee, but in return become your servants. Wow…and they came back and made peace with Isreal. I know, this would be an awesome thing to happen today, but we all know how it’s going to end. Even still…”Come Lord Jesus…Come!”

    18 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.

    19 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.

    Huh…the kings did what? When saw they were smitten…kinda sounds like this is going to be repeated again with our Lord Jesus doesn’t it!

    “Be Church”…iwork…iwork…iwork…imissu…imissfellowship…imisschoir…..
    ….imisssleep…imissmywife…imissmykids…

  13. Yet again another reminder to understand when our Pastor is taking care of other business. Do not be offended if he has someone else to call to help you. To comfort you. Remember his heart.

  14. Rejecting a hand of kindness….that is what happened in this chapter. Hanun listened to bad advice (gossip) and instead of seeing the hand of kindness that David was extending to him, he reacted to something that wasn’t even there. Many times, we too react so quickly before even stopping to ask….”Is this what God really wants me to do?” If Hanun would have stopped, thought and questioned…..he could have saved himself and his people from a battle.

    Stop and have a little talk with Jesus!

  15. 12 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. KJV

    12 (A)Be of good courage, and (B)let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and (C)may the LORD do what seems good to him.” English Standard Version

    Be careful who you are following and who you call your friends. The Lord has sent us to POFW to win the lost, be sensitive when you are talking to the lost a lot of times they are hurting and they want to talk but they are seeing if you are concerned about them before they talk to you. Be sure you are following the right leaders, thank God for a pastor that tells us like it is.

  16. Yes, God is fighting our battles but it is important for us to understand our part in the fight. Keep focused, silence the negative voices of others, and keep moving gorward.

  17. We need to always know the difference in what God is telling us and what lies the devil is trying to get us to believe.If we are prayed up ,the dirrerence is easy to discern.Listening to the devil will always cost us more than we want to pay!Lord heip me to be careful and always listen to what you are telling me thru the man of God so I won’t make bad decisions,that will cost me much more than I would ever want to pay !!!

  18. 12.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.

    They united and functioned as one army, and endeavored the one mission, and trusted the Lord for their victory.

    Eph. 4:2-6
    2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
    3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
    4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
    5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

  19. I love to eat lunch with Jesus

    The cost of a bad decision

    Ammon
    05983

    עַמּוֹן `Ammown
    Proper Name Masculine am-mone’
    from (05971)
    from ; tribal, i.e. inbred; Ammon, a son of Lot; also his posterity and their country:–Ammon, Ammonites.
    Ammon = “tribal”
    a people dwelling in Transjordan descended from Lot through Ben-ammi

    Oh ye Lot…

    Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Ben–ammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day. (Genesis 19:36-38 KJV)

    BAD DECISION

  20. There Is a high cost to a bad decision. You may start a fight you can’t win and even your allies get destroyed.

  21. This chapter illustrates mindset. David tried to do the right thing however Hanun, was deceived by his own. This is why our mindset is so important elsewise we also will be deceived. This can only be accomplished through prayer and the Word, which is why Pastor promotes them both so often. The deceiver will attempt to persuade us elsewise, where again we will find truth in prayer and in the Word of God (Jesus). May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  22. 6 And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank before David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Bethrehob and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and of king Maacah a thousand men, and of Ishtob twelve thousand men.

    I find it amazing that when you tell some people how God has been blessing, how they can get upset at you. THis is what happened to David. The ark was in his city, and he was blessing those that had served him and the kings before him with goods, and land. The enemy will always try to take what God has given you for a blessing. The thing is is that we need to take back what the enmey has stolen from us. Our families, our jobs, our friends, the people around us. These are the people that we came reach in our city, those that are around us. If our church averages 330 people every week and we would just bring in 3 people with us that would make our church grow to 1320 people. But this is omly if everyone would do this. Let us be a light, the light that God can use to light this city up!

  23. 10 And the rest of the people he delivered into the hand of Abishai his brother

    Who ever said you had to fight the battle by yourself. David trusted Joab to fight or him, and Joab trusted Abishai to have his back

  24. When our enemy sees we’re in unity with God, he’ll run because he know he has no chance against us

  25. iLove to eat supper with Jesus

    PEACE

    19 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.

    (Proverbs 16:7) When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

  26. 11 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.

    12 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.

    13 And Joab drew nigh, and the people that were with him, unto the battle against the Syrians: and they fled before him.

    There is power in unity. The battles we fight seem much easier to face when we know that we have the support of our Brothers & Sisters in the Lord.

  27. How could the king make such a mistake as to think David was come to spy out his land? How could he have listened to such bad advise? This was an insecure ruler – insecure with his relationship with David (a neighboring nation) and as well as in his own ability to make a sound descision. He could have welcomed the men from David and made his own evaluation before springing into war. (It’s interesting to note that the Syrians still have men for hire today to fight other nations/people’s wars)

  28. The devil nor this world is our friend.
    For everything that is real he( the devil) will always offer a substitute. As he did Eve in the garden of Eden” Hath GOD said?”
    “Ye shall not surely die” Gen.3:1,4
    The kindness of this world is always
    deceitful .
    James 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

    Our poor choices bring tragic consequences.
    Which reminds me of what Brother Tom Foster
    taught on ” Growth Strategies ”
    We all make poor choices. It happens to all.
    How are you going to respond? What are you made of ? It does not matter who or what hit you ” Dominate our recovery” be ready to grow
    and focus in what you are becoming .
    ” I know it’s painful, it hurts ” be ready to recover, don’t die.rise again, lift up, bounce up higher, and restore immediately.
    Heb. 11:6 is a everyday guaranteed Revival.
    Be encouraged today!!!
    i Pray

  29. 4 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.

    We often have different discussion on clothing. –short shorts. These men were in this place because they were going to help someone else. They ended up wearing clothing that would not hardly cover their bodies. We have a choice. Wear righteous clothing.

  30. When you have the kind of authority of a king or a Pastor many will judge from afar but not really know who you are. Here we see the obvious ignorance of a people that didn’t know what they were talking about. Quick to judge in this case meant quick to death. If you don’t know what your talking about you should probably keep your mouth shut.

  31. 2 Then said David, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father showed 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 Ammon.

    We see some backlash in this chapter as a “friend” shows their true colors. We must be careful who and what we bring close in our life.

  32. Verse 12…and the Lord do that which seemeth him good.
    We need to remember that we need Gods Will in our lives and not our own. The only way to stay in the path God has placed for you is to constantly be in prayer and be engulfed in his word

  33. 3 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?

    Often sin causes people to think that everyone is out to get them, or is talking about them. Many times, as we do the works of the Lord, we have to expect someone somewhere to take what we are doing wrongly, and think that we have alterior motives, but that is when we must continue to keep our right motives, or we will weave a web that we will become trapped in….

  34. 3 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?

    Bad advice:
    By listening to the children of Ammon Hanun was told something that was completly not true. How many times in life do we hear things about good people that are bad and we ponder it? Instead of giving ear to the gossip we should no in our hearts the truth and not let anyone sway our opinion about that person.

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