1 Samuel 11 1-1 Samuel 11 3
Nahash the Ammonite came up and laid siege to Jabesh-gilead. All the men of Jabesh said to him,“ Make a treaty with us, and we will serve you.”Nahash the Ammonite replied,“ I’ll make one with you on this condition: that I gouge out everyone’s right eye and humiliate all Israel.”“ Don’t do anything to us for seven days,” the elders of Jabesh said to him,“ and let us send messengers throughout the territory of Israel. If no one saves us, we will surrender to you.”
So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel, and He sold them to the Philistines and the Ammonites.They shattered and crushed the Israelites that year, and for 18 years they did the same to all the Israelites who were on the other side of the Jordan in the land of the Amorites in Gilead.The Ammonites also crossed the Jordan to fight against Judah, Benjamin, and the house of Ephraim. Israel was greatly oppressed,
1 Chronicles 19 1-1 Chronicles 19 19
Some time later, King Nahash of the Ammonites died, and his son became king in his place.Then David said,“ I’ll show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, because his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent messengers to console him concerning his father. However, when David’s emissaries arrived in the land of the Ammonites to console him,the Ammonite leaders said to Hanun,“ Just because David has sent men with condolences for you, do you really believe he’s showing respect for your father? Instead, hasn’t David sent his emissaries in order to scout out, overthrow, and spy on the land?”So Hanun took David’s emissaries, shaved them, cut their clothes in half at the hips, and sent them away.It was reported to David about his men, so he sent messengers to meet them, since the men were deeply humiliated. The king said,“ Stay in Jericho until your beards grow back; then return.”When the Ammonites realized they had made themselves repulsive to David, Hanun and the Ammonites sent 38 tons of silver to hire chariots and horsemen from Aram-naharaim, Aram-maacah, and Zobah.They hired 32,000 chariots and the king of Maacah with his army, who came and camped near Medeba. The Ammonites also came together from their cities for the battle.David heard about this and sent Joab and the entire army of warriors.The Ammonites marched out and lined up in battle formation at the entrance of the city while the kings who had come were in the field by themselves.When Joab saw that there was a battle line in front of him and another behind him, he chose some men out of all the elite troops of Israel and lined up in battle formation to engage the Arameans.He placed the rest of the forces under the command of his brother Abishai, and they lined up in battle formation to engage the Ammonites.“ If the Arameans are too strong for me,” Joab said,“ then you’ll be my help. However, if the Ammonites are too strong for you, I’ll help you.Be strong! We must prove ourselves strong for our people and for the cities of our God. May the Lord’s will be done.”Joab and the people with him approached the Arameans for battle, and they fled before him.When the Ammonites saw that the Arameans had fled, they likewise fled before Joab’s brother Abishai and entered the city. Then Joab went to Jerusalem.When the Arameans realized that they had been defeated by Israel, they sent messengers to summon the Arameans who were across the Euphrates. They were led by Shophach, the commander of Hadadezer’s army.When this was reported to David, he gathered all Israel and crossed the Jordan. He came up to the Arameans and lined up in battle formation against them. When David lined up to engage them in battle, they fought against him.But the Arameans fled before Israel, and David killed 7,000 of their charioteers and 40,000 foot soldiers. He also killed Shophach, commander of the army.When Hadadezer’s subjects saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they made peace with David and became his subjects. After this, the Arameans were never willing to help the Ammonites again.
Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the Ammonites, saying,“ What do you have against me that you have come to fight against me in my land?”The king of the Ammonites said to Jephthah’s messengers,“ When Israel came from Egypt, they seized my land from the Arnon to the Jabbok and the Jordan. Now restore it peaceably.”Jephthah again sent messengers to the king of the Ammonitesto tell him,“ This is what Jephthah says: Israel did not take away the land of Moab or the land of the Ammonites.But when they came from Egypt, Israel traveled through the wilderness to the Red Sea and came to Kadesh.Israel sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying,‘ Please let us travel through your land,’ but the king of Edom would not listen. They also sent messengers to the king of Moab, but he refused. So Israel stayed in Kadesh.“ Then they traveled through the wilderness and around the lands of Edom and Moab. They came to the east side of the land of Moab and camped on the other side of the Arnon but did not enter into the territory of Moab, for the Arnon was the boundary of Moab.“ Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, king of Heshbon. Israel said to him,‘ Please let us travel through your land to our country,’but Sihon would not trust Israel to pass through his territory. Instead, Sihon gathered all his people, camped at Jahaz, and fought with Israel.Then the Lord God of Israel handed over Sihon and all his people to Israel, and they defeated them. So Israel took possession of the entire land of the Amorites who lived in that country.They took possession of all the territory of the Amorites from the Arnon to the Jabbok and from the wilderness to the Jordan.“ The Lord God of Israel has now driven out the Amorites before His people Israel, and will you now force us out?Isn’t it true that you may possess whatever your god Chemosh drives out for you, and we may possess everything the Lord our God drives out before us?Now are you any better than Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever contend with Israel or fight against them?While Israel lived 300 years in Heshbon and its villages, in Aroer and its villages, and in all the cities that are on the banks of the Arnon, why didn’t you take them back at that time?I have not sinned against you, but you have wronged me by fighting against me. Let the Lord who is the Judge decide today between the Israelites and the Ammonites.”But the king of the Ammonites would not listen to Jephthah’s message that he sent him.