II Samuel 10

David had made a treaty with the Ammonites, so when the king died, he sent messages of condolence to the son, now King Hanun. But under counsel from his advisers, Hanun treated the messengers badly, shaving off half their beards and depantsing them.

The Ammonites realized that war was inevitable, so they hired some Syrian mercenaries. And even though their armies outnumbered the Hebrews, under the leadership of Joab and his brother, they were handily defeated, as will be recounted in the following chapters.

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