Yet I willsend my servantsuntothee to morrowaboutthistime, and theyshallsearchthinehouse, and the houses of thy servants; and it shall be, thatwhatsoever is pleasant in thineeyes, theyshall put it in theirhand, and take it away.
Then the king of Israelcalled all the elders of the land, and said, Mark, I pray you, and see how this man seekethmischief: for he sentunto me for my wives, and for my children, and for my silver, and for my gold; and I denied him not.
Wherefore he saidunto the messengers of Benhadad, Tell my lord the king, All thatthoudidstsend for to thy servant at the first I will do: but thisthing I may not do. And the messengersdeparted, and brought him wordagain.
And it came to pass, whenBenhadadheardthismessage, as he was drinking, he and the kings in the pavilions, that he saidunto his servants, Set yourselves in array. And they set themselves in arrayagainst the city.
And, behold, therecame a prophetuntoAhabking of Israel, saying, Thussaith the LORD, Hastthouseen all thisgreatmultitude? behold, I willdeliver it intothinehandthis day; and thoushaltknowthat I am the LORD.
And numberthee an army, like the armythatthouhastlost, horse for horse, and chariot for chariot: and we willfightagainstthem in the plain, and surely we shall be strongerthanthey. And he hearkeneduntotheirvoice, and did so.
And therecame a man of God, and spakeunto the king of Israel, and said, Thussaith the LORD, Because the Syrianshavesaid, The LORD is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, thereforewill I deliver all thisgreatmultitudeintothinehand, and ye shallknowthat I am the LORD.
And his servantssaidunto him, Behold now, we haveheardthat the kings of the house of Israel are mercifulkings: let us, I praythee, put sackcloth on our loins, and ropesupon our heads, and go out to the king of Israel: peradventure he willsave thy life.
So theygirdedsackcloth on theirloins, and put ropes on theirheads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, Thy servantBenhadadsaith, I praythee, let me live. And he said, Is he yet alive? he is my brother.
Now the men did diligentlyobservewhether any thingwouldcomefrom him, and did hastilycatch it: and theysaid, Thy brotherBenhadad. Then he said, Go ye, bring him. ThenBenhadadcameforth to him; and he caused him to come up into the chariot.
And Benhadadsaidunto him, The cities, which my fathertookfrom thy father, I willrestore; and thoushaltmakestreets for thee in Damascus, as my fathermade in Samaria. ThensaidAhab, I willsendtheeawaywiththiscovenant. So he made a covenantwith him, and sent him away.
Thensaid he unto him, Becausethouhast not obeyed the voice of the LORD, behold, as soon as thou art departedfrom me, a lionshallslaythee. And as soon as he was departedfrom him, a lionfound him, and slew him.
And as the kingpassed by, he criedunto the king: and he said, Thy servantwent out into the midst of the battle; and, behold, a man turnedaside, and brought a man unto me, and said, Keepthis man: if by any means he be missing, thenshall thy life be for his life, or elsethoushalt pay a talent of silver.