Ahab's Wars with Syria
q Ben-hadad the king of Syria gathered all his army together. r Thirty-two kings were with him, and horses and chariots. And he went up and closed in on s Samaria and fought against it.
And he sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Israel and said to him, "Thus says Ben-hadad:
'Your silver and your gold are mine; your best wives and children also are mine.'"
And the king of Israel answered, "As you say, my lord, O king, I am yours, and all that I have."
The messengers came again and said, "Thus says Ben-hadad: 'I sent to you, saying, "Deliver to me your silver and your gold, your wives and your children."
Nevertheless I will send my servants to you tomorrow about this time, and they shall search your house and the houses of your servants and lay hands on whatever pleases you and take it away.'"
Then the king of Israel called all the t elders of the land and said, u "Mark, now, and see how this man is seeking trouble, for he sent to me for my wives and my children, and for my silver and my gold, and I did not refuse him."
And all the elders and all the people said to him, "Do not listen or consent."
So he said to the messengers of Ben-hadad, "Tell my lord the king, 'All that you first demanded of your servant I will do, but this thing I cannot do.'" And the messengers departed and brought him word again.
Ben-hadad sent to him and said, v "The gods do so to me and more also, if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for handfuls for all the people w who follow me."
And the king of Israel answered, "Tell him, 'Let not him who straps on his armor boast himself as he who takes it off.'"
When Ben-hadad heard this message as x he was drinking with the kings in the booths, he said to his men, "Take your positions." And they took their positions against the city.
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2 Kings 6:24
Afterward Ben-hadad king of Syria mustered his entire army and went up and besieged Samaria.
2 Kings 8:7
Now Elisha came to Damascus. Ben-hadad the king of Syria was sick. And when it was told him, "The man of God has come here.
1 Kings 15:18
Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that were left in the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of the king's house and gave them into the hands of his servants. And King Asa sent them to Ben-hadad the son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, who lived in Damascus, saying.
1 Kings 22:31
Now the king of Syria had commanded the thirty-two captains of his chariots, "Fight with neither small nor great, but only with the king of Israel.
1 Kings 16:24
He bought the hill of Samaria from Shemer for two talents of silver, and he fortified the hill and called the name of the city that he built Samaria, after the name of Shemer, the owner of the hill.
1 Kings 21:8
So she wrote letters in Ahab's name and sealed them with his seal, and she sent the letters to the elders and the leaders who lived with Naboth in his city.
1 Kings 21:11
And the men of his city, the elders and the leaders who lived in his city, did as Jezebel had sent word to them. As it was written in the letters that she had sent to them.
2 Kings 5:7
And when the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, "Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Only consider, and see how he is seeking a quarrel with me.
1 Kings 19:2
Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.
And all these your servants shall come down to me and bow down to me, saying, 'Get out, you and all the people who follow you.' And after that I will go out." And he went out from Pharaoh in hot anger.
1 Kings 16:9
But his servant Zimri, commander of half his chariots, conspired against him. When he was at Tirzah, drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza, who was over the household in Tirzah.