After insulting David's emissaries from Jerusalem, king Hanan of Ammon later learned that he had been most unwise, Reports kept coming to him that the Israelites were so angry that they were almost certain to attack the Ammonites in the region east of the Dead Sea, (II Samuel 10:1-5; I Chronicles 19:1-5.) A Gentile Plot. The army of Hanon, king of the Ammonites, was very small compared to king David's army. Hanan realized that the only possible way to meet his enemy on anything resembling an equal basis would be to hire troops from nearby Ammaean and Mesopotamian nations.
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