What are some little battles you've had

The Bible in the standard translation


The first book of kings, chapter 20


Aramaic Wars

1 Kings 20: 1Ben-Hadad, the king of Aram, gathered all his army. In his retinue were thirty-two kings with horses and chariots. He went up, besieged Samaria, and stormed it.1 Kings 20: 2Then he sent messengers into the city to meet Ahab king of Israel,1 Kings 20: 3And said to him, Thus says Ben-hadad, Your silver and your gold are mine. Your wives and your noble sons are mine too.1 Kings 20: 4The king of Israel replied: Just as you say, my lord the king, it shall be done. I am yours with all that I own.1 Kings 20: 5But the messengers came a second time and reported: Thus says Ben-Hadad: I have told you that you are to deliver me your silver and gold, your wives and sons.1 Kings 20: 6But tomorrow at this time I will send my people to you to search your house and also the houses of your servants and to take and carry away everything that is valuable.1 Kings 20: 7Then the king of Israel called all the elders of the land to him and said: See and realize that this man has evil in his mind. He asked of me my wives and sons, my silver and gold, and I refused nothing to him.1 Kings 20: 8Then all the elders and all the people answered him, Do not obey him or consent.1 Kings 20: 9He therefore informed the messengers of Ben-Hadad: Say to my lord the king: Whatever you asked of your servant, I will do; but I cannot meet this requirement. The messengers left and reported it to their master.1 Kings 20:10Thereupon Ben-Hadad again sent messengers (to Ahab) and said to him: The gods should do this and that to me, if the dust of Samaria is enough to fill the hand of all the people in my entourage.1 Kings 20:11But the king of Israel replied, `` Tell him, 'He who puts on the belt should not boast like someone who has already taken it off.1 Kings 20:12When Ben-Hadad received this message, he was having a feast with the kings in the tents. He ordered his people to attack and they began to storm the city.1 Kings 20:13But a prophet came to Ahab king of Israel and said, Thus saith the Lord: Do you see this great multitude? I put it in your hand today and you will see that I am the Lord.1 Kings 20:14Ahab asked: By whom? He replied: Thus says the Lord: By the troops of the provincial governors. When the king then wanted to know who should open the fight, he said: You yourself.1 Kings 20:15Thereupon he examined the troops of provincial governors; there were two hundred and thirty-two men. After them he sized up all the people of war, all the Israelites; there were seven thousand men.1 Kings 20:16When they left at noon, Ben-Hadad was drinking in the tents with the thirty-two kings, his allies.1 Kings 20:17The provincial governors' troops moved out first. Ben-Hadad had sent observers and they reported that people were coming out of Samaria.1 Kings 20:18He commanded: if they come with peaceful intent, seize them alive! If they go out to fight, grab them alive too!1 Kings 20:19As soon as the troops of governors and the army that followed them had moved out of the city,1 Kings 20:20everyone succeeded in overcoming their opponent. The Arameans had to flee and the Israelites pursued them. Ben-Hadad, the king of Aram, escaped on horseback, as did some charioteers.1 Kings 20:21When the king of Israel also marched out, he destroyed the horses and chariots and inflicted a heavy defeat on the Arameans.1 Kings 20:22Then the prophet appeared again to the king of Israel and said to him, Gather up your strength and think carefully about what you have to do; for at the turn of the year the king of Aram will march against you again.1 Kings 20:23For his counselors had said to the king of Aram, Your God is a God of the mountains; therefore they were superior to us. But if we fight them on the plain, then we will definitely defeat them.1 Kings 20:24So do the following: Remove the kings from their positions and replace them with governors!1 Kings 20.25Then gather an army as large as you lost, and as many horses and chariots as you had before. We will fight with them on the plain and certainly defeat them. Ben-Hadad took her advice.1 Kings 20:26At the turn of the year he inspected the Arameans and advanced to Afek to war against Israel.1 Kings 20:27The Israelites were also patterned and provided with food. They went to meet the Arameans and encamped opposite them like a couple of little flocks of goats; but the Arameans filled the whole region.1 Kings 20:28Now the man of God came to the king of Israel and said: Thus says the Lord: Because the Arameans say that the Lord is a God of the mountains and not a God of the plains, I am giving all this enormous multitude into your hand; and you will know that I am the Lord.1 Kings 20:29They then lay opposite one another for seven days. On the seventh day the battle broke out and the Israelites killed a hundred thousand of the Aramaic infantry in one day.1 Kings 20:30The rest fled to the city of Afek; but the wall collapsed over the twenty-seven thousand men who were left. Ben-Hadad, too, had fled to the city and was wandering from one room to the other.1 Kings 20:31Then his counselors said to him, We have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are mild kings. Let us therefore put on mourning robes and go out to the king of Israel with ropes around our necks. Maybe he'll give you life.1 Kings 20:32So they put on mourning robes and with ropes around their necks they came to the king of Israel. They implored him: Your servant Ben-Hadad asks you to give his life. He replied: is he still alive? He's my brother.1 Kings 20:33The men took the word as a good sign, immediately responded and said: Ben-Hadad is your brother. Then the king of Israel said, Go and bring him to me. When Ben-Hadad came, he took him to his car.1 Kings 20:34Then Ben-Hadad declared: I will give back the cities that my father took from your father and you may set up trading posts in Damascus, as my father did in Samaria. The king of Israel replied, `` By this agreement I will set you free. So he signed a contract with him and released him.1 Kings 20:35One of the disciples of the prophet said to his companion on behalf of the Lord: Hit me! When he refused to hit him,1 Kings 20:36he said to him: Because you have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, a lion will kill you as soon as you leave me. The man had hardly moved away from him when a lion attacked and killed him.1 Kings 20:37The prophet then met another and commanded him: Hit me! This hit him and wounded him.1 Kings 20:38Immediately the prophet went to the king and stood in his way. He had made himself unrecognizable by a bandage over his eyes.1 Kings 20:39When the king came by, he called him and said, Your servant has gone to battle. Someone came over and brought me a prisoner and said: Guard this man! If he escapes, you will have to pay for it with your life or you will have to pay a talent in silver.1 Kings 20:40While your servant was busy here and there, the prisoner was able to escape. Then the king of Israel said: You have pronounced your own judgment.1 Kings 20:41Immediately the prophet removed the blindfold from his eyes and the king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets.1 Kings 20:42But he said to him, Thus says the Lord: Because you have released the man whose destruction I wanted from your hand, your life must stand up for his life, your people for his people.1 Kings 20:43Sullen and sullen, the king of Israel went home and came to Samaria.