The King of Israel learned that the Syrians had left their camps around besieged Samaria. (II Kings 7:1-11.) He believed that it was a ruse to get the Israelites outside the city so that the enemy, hiding all around, could attack and get through the gates. "But suppose the Syrians aren't hiding?" One officer remarked. "Suppose they have gone home. Are we then to continue staying here day after day?" "We'll have to send scouts out to look for them," another suggested. "Let us take five of the best horses that are left and scour the country around the city. If we don't return within a short time, you will know that the enemy is close by."
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