اَلْمُلُوكِ ٱلْأَوَّلُ 20

وَجَمَعَ بَنْهَدَدُ مَلِكُ أَرَامَ كُلَّ جَيْشِهِ، وَٱثْنَيْنِ وَثَلَاثِينَ مَلِكًا مَعَهُ، وَخَيْلًا وَمَرْكَبَاتٍ وَصَعِدَ وَحَاصَرَ ٱلسَّامِرَةَ وَحَارَبَهَا. ١ 1
Ben Hadad king of Aram gathered all his army together. There were thirty-two lesser kings with him, and horses and chariots. He went up, besieged Samaria and fought against it.
وَأَرْسَلَ رُسُلًا إِلَى أَخْآبَ مَلِكِ إِسْرَائِيلَ إِلَى ٱلْمَدِينَةِ وَقَالَ لَهُ: «هَكَذَا يَقُولُ بَنْهَدَدُ: ٢ 2
He sent messengers into the city to Ahab king of Israel, and said to him, “Ben Hadad says this:
لِي فِضَّتُكَ وَذَهَبُكَ، وَلِي نِسَاؤُكَ وَبَنُوكَ ٱلْحِسَانُ». ٣ 3
'Your silver and your gold are mine. Also your wives and children, the best ones, are now mine.'”
فَأَجَابَ مَلِكُ إِسْرَائِيلَ وَقَالَ: «حَسَبَ قَوْلِكَ يَاسَيِّدِي ٱلْمَلِكَ، أَنَا وَجَمِيعُ مَا لِي لَكَ». ٤ 4
The king of Israel answered and said, “It is as you say, my master, king. I and all that I have are yours.”
فَرَجَعَ ٱلرُّسُلُ وَقَالُوا: «هَكَذَا تَكَلَّمَ بَنْهَدَدُ قَائِلًا: إِنِّي قَدْ أَرْسَلْتُ إِلَيْكَ قَائِلًا: إِنَّ فِضَّتَكَ وَذَهَبَكَ وَنِسَاءَكَ وَبَنِيكَ تُعْطِينِي إِيَّاهُمْ. ٥ 5
The messengers came again and said, “Ben Hadad says this, 'I sent word to you saying that you must give me your silver, your gold, your wives, and your children.
فَإِنِّي فِي نَحْوِ هَذَا ٱلْوَقْتِ غَدًا أُرْسِلُ عَبِيدِي إِلَيْكَ فَيُفَتِّشُونَ بَيْتَكَ وَبُيُوتَ عَبِيدِكَ، وَكُلَّ مَا هُوَ شَهِيٌّ فِي عَيْنَيْكَ يَضَعُونَهُ فِي أَيْدِيهِمْ وَيَأْخُذُونَهُ». ٦ 6
But I will send my servants to you tomorrow about this time, and they will search your house and your servants' houses. They will seize with their own hands and take away whatever pleases their eyes.'”
فَدَعَا مَلِكُ إِسْرَائِيلَ جَمِيعَ شُيُوخِ ٱلْأَرْضِ وَقَالَ: «ٱعْلَمُوا وَٱنْظُرُوا أَنَّ هَذَا يَطْلُبُ ٱلشَّرَّ، لِأَنَّهُ أَرْسَلَ إِلَيَّ بِطَلَبِ نِسَائِي وَبَنِيَّ وَفِضَّتِي وَذَهَبِي وَلَمْ أَمْنَعْهَا عَنْهُ». ٧ 7
Then the king of Israel called all the elders of the land together and said, “Please take note and see how this man seeks trouble. He has sent word to me in order to take my wives, children, and silver and gold, and I have not refused him.”
فَقَالَ لَهُ كُلُّ ٱلشُّيُوخِ وَكُلُّ ٱلشَّعْبِ: «لَا تَسْمَعْ لَهُ وَلَا تَقْبَلْ». ٨ 8
All the elders and all the people said to Ahab, “Do not listen to him or consent to his demands.”
فَقَالَ لِرُسُلِ بَنْهَدَدَ: «قُولُوا لِسَيِّدِي ٱلْمَلِكِ إِنَّ كُلَّ مَا أَرْسَلْتَ فِيهِ إِلَى عَبْدِكَ أَوَّلًا أَفْعَلُهُ. وَأَمَّا هَذَا ٱلْأَمْرُ فَلَا أَسْتَطِيعُ أَنْ أَفْعَلَهُ». فَرَجَعَ ٱلرُّسُلُ وَرَدُّوا عَلَيْهِ ٱلْجَوَابَ. ٩ 9
So Ahab said to the messengers of Ben Hadad, “Tell my master the king, 'I agree to everything that you sent your servant to do the first time, but I cannot accept this second demand.'” So the messengers left and took this response to Ben Hadad.
فَأَرْسَلَ إِلَيْهِ بَنْهَدَدُ وَقَالَ: «هَكَذَا تَفْعَلُ بِي ٱلْآلِهَةُ وَهَكَذَا تَزِيدُنِي، إِنْ كَانَ تُرَابُ ٱلسَّامِرَةِ يَكْفِي قَبَضَاتٍ لِكُلِّ ٱلشَّعْبِ ٱلَّذِي يَتْبَعُنِي». ١٠ 10
Then Ben Hadad sent his reply to Ahab, and said, “May the gods do so to me and more also, if even the ashes of Samaria will be enough for all the people who follow me to have a handful each.”
فَأَجَابَ مَلِكُ إِسْرَائِيلَ وَقَالَ: «قُولُوا: لَا يَفْتَخِرَنَّ مَنْ يَشُدُّ كَمَنْ يَحُلُّ». ١١ 11
The king of Israel answered and said, “Tell Ben Hadad, 'No one who is just putting on his armor, should boast as if he were taking it off.'”
فَلَمَّا سَمِعَ هَذَا ٱلْكَلَامَ وَهُوَ يَشْرَبُ مَعَ ٱلْمُلُوكِ فِي ٱلْخِيَامِ قَالَ لِعَبِيدِهِ: «ٱصْطَفُّوا». فَٱصْطَفُّوا عَلَى ٱلْمَدِينَةِ. ١٢ 12
Ben Hadad heard this message as he was drinking, he and the kings under him who were in their tents. Ben Hadad commanded his men, “Line yourselves up in position for battle.” So they prepared themselves in position of battle to attack the city.
وَإِذَا بِنَبِيٍّ تَقَدَّمَ إِلَى أَخْآبَ مَلِكِ إِسْرَائِيلَ وَقَالَ: «هَكَذَا قَالَ ٱلرَّبُّ: هَلْ رَأَيْتَ كُلَّ هَذَا ٱلْجُمْهُورِ ٱلْعَظِيمِ؟ هَأَنَذَا أَدْفَعُهُ لِيَدِكَ ٱلْيَوْمَ، فَتَعْلَمُ أَنِّي أَنَا ٱلرَّبُّ». ١٣ 13
Then behold, a prophet came to Ahab king of Israel and said, “Yahweh says, 'Have you seen this great army? Look, I will place it into your hand today, and you will know that I am Yahweh.'”
فَقَالَ أَخْآبُ: «بِمَنْ؟» فَقَالَ: «هَكَذَا قَالَ ٱلرَّبُّ: بِغِلْمَانِ رُؤَسَاءِ ٱلْمُقَاطَعَاتِ». فَقَالَ: «مَنْ يَبْتَدِئُ بِٱلْحَرْبِ؟» فَقَالَ: «أَنْتَ». ١٤ 14
Ahab replied, “By whom?” Yahweh replied and said, “By the young officers who serve the governors of the districts.” Then Ahab said, “Who will begin the battle?” Yahweh answered, “You.”
فَعَدَّ غِلْمَانَ رُؤَسَاءِ ٱلْمُقَاطَعَاتِ فَبَلَغُوا مِئَتَيْنِ وَٱثْنَيْنِ وَثَلَاثِينَ. وَعَدَّ بَعْدَهُمْ كُلَّ ٱلشَّعْبِ، كُلَّ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ، سَبْعَةَ آلَافٍ. ١٥ 15
Then Ahab mustered the young officers who served the governors of the districts. They numbered 232. After them he mustered all the soldiers, all the army of Israel; seven thousand in number.
وَخَرَجُوا عِنْدَ ٱلظُّهْرِ وَبَنْهَدَدُ يَشْرَبُ وَيَسْكَرُ فِي ٱلْخِيَامِ هُوَ وَٱلْمُلُوكُ ٱلِٱثْنَانِ وَٱلثَّلَاثُونَ ٱلَّذِينَ سَاعَدُوهُ. ١٦ 16
They went out at noon. Ben Hadad had been drinking himself drunk in his tent, he and the thirty-two lesser kings who were supporting him.
فَخَرَجَ غِلْمَانُ رُؤَسَاءِ ٱلْمُقَاطَعَاتِ أَوَّلًا. وَأَرْسَلَ بَنْهَدَدُ فَأَخْبَرُوهُ قَائِلِينَ: «قَدْ خَرَجَ رِجَالٌ مِنَ ٱلسَّامِرَةِ». ١٧ 17
The young officers who served the governors of the districts went forward first. Then Ben Hadad was informed by scouts that he had sent out, “Men are coming out from Samaria.”
فَقَالَ: «إِنْ كَانُوا قَدْ خَرَجُوا لِلسَّلَامِ فَأَمْسِكُوهُمْ أَحْيَاءً، وَإِنْ كَانُوا قَدْ خَرَجُوا لِلْقِتَالِ فَأَمْسِكُوهُمْ أَحْيَاءً». ١٨ 18
Ben Hadad said, “Whether they have come out for peace or war, take them alive.”
فَخَرَجَ غِلْمَانُ رُؤَسَاءِ ٱلْمُقَاطَعَاتِ هَؤُلَاءِ مِنَ ٱلْمَدِينَةِ، هُمْ وَٱلْجَيْشُ ٱلَّذِي وَرَاءَهُمْ، ١٩ 19
So the young officers who served the governors of the districts went out of the city and the army followed them.
وَضَرَبَ كُلُّ رَجُلٍ رَجُلَهُ، فَهَرَبَ ٱلْأَرَامِيُّونَ، وَطَارَدَهُمْ إِسْرَائِيلُ، وَنَجَا بَنْهَدَدُ مَلِكُ أَرَامَ عَلَى فَرَسٍ مَعَ ٱلْفُرْسَانِ. ٢٠ 20
Each man killed his opponent. The Arameans fled and Israel pursued them. Ben Hadad the king of Aram escaped on a horse along with some horsemen.
وَخَرَجَ مَلِكُ إِسْرَائِيلَ فَضَرَبَ ٱلْخَيْلَ وَٱلْمَرْكَبَاتِ، وَضَرَبَ أَرَامَ ضَرْبَةً عَظِيمَةً. ٢١ 21
Then the king of Israel went out and attacked the horses and chariots, and killed the Arameans in a great slaughter.
فَتَقَدَّمَ ٱلنَّبِيُّ إِلَى مَلِكِ إِسْرَائِيلَ وَقَالَ لَهُ: «ٱذْهَبْ تَشَدَّدْ، وَٱعْلَمْ وَٱنْظُرْ مَا تَفْعَلُ، لِأَنَّهُ عِنْدَ تَمَامِ ٱلسَّنَةِ يَصْعَدُ عَلَيْكَ مَلِكُ أَرَامَ». ٢٢ 22
So the prophet came to the king of Israel and said to him, “Go, strengthen yourself, and understand and plan what you are doing, because at the return of the year the king of Aram will come up against you again.”
وَأَمَّا عَبِيدُ مَلِكِ أَرَامَ فَقَالُوا لَهُ: «إِنَّ آلِهَتَهُمْ آلِهَةُ جِبَالٍ، لِذَلِكَ قَوُوا عَلَيْنَا. وَلَكِنْ إِذَا حَارَبْنَاهُمْ فِي ٱلسَّهْلِ فَإِنَّنَا نَقْوَى عَلَيْهِمْ. ٢٣ 23
The servants of the king of Aram said to him, “Their god is a god of the hills. That is why they were stronger than we were. But now let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we will be stronger than they are.
وَٱفْعَلْ هَذَا ٱلْأَمْرَ: ٱعْزِلِ ٱلْمُلُوكَ، كُلَّ وَاحِدٍ مِنْ مَكَانِهِ، وَضَعْ قُوَّادًا مَكَانَهُمْ. ٢٤ 24
So you must do this: Remove all the kings from their positions of authority and replace them with military commanders.
وَأَحْصِ لِنَفْسِكَ جَيْشًا كَٱلْجَيْشِ ٱلَّذِي سَقَطَ مِنْكَ، فَرَسًا بِفَرَسٍ، وَمَرْكَبَةً بِمَرْكَبَةٍ، فَنُحَارِبَهُمْ فِي ٱلسَّهْلِ وَنَقْوَى عَلَيْهِمْ». فَسَمِعَ لِقَوْلِهِمْ وَفَعَلَ كَذَلِكَ. ٢٥ 25
Raise up an army like the army you lost—horse for horse and chariot for chariot—so we can fight them in the plain. Then surely we will be stronger than they are.” So Ben Hadad listened to their advice and did what they advised.
وَعِنْدَ تَمَامِ ٱلسَّنَةِ عَدَّ بَنْهَدَدُ ٱلْأَرَامِيِّينَ وَصَعِدَ إِلَى أَفِيقَ لِيُحَارِبَ إِسْرَائِيلَ. ٢٦ 26
After the beginning of the new year, Ben Hadad mustered the Arameans and went up to Aphek to fight against Israel.
وَأُحْصِيَ بَنُو إِسْرَائِيلَ وَتَزَوَّدُوا وَسَارُوا لِلِقَائِهِمْ. فَنَزَلَ بَنُو إِسْرَائِيلَ مُقَابِلَهُمْ نَظِيرَ قَطِيعَيْنِ صَغِيرَيْنِ مِنَ ٱلْمِعْزَى، وَأَمَّا ٱلْأَرَامِيُّونَ فَمَلَأُوا ٱلْأَرْضَ. ٢٧ 27
The people of Israel were mustered and supplied to fight against them. The people of Israel camped before them like two little flocks of goats, but the Arameans filled the countryside.
فَتَقَدَّمَ رَجُلُ ٱللهِ وَكَلَّمَ مَلِكَ إِسْرَائِيلَ وَقَالَ: «هَكَذَا قَالَ ٱلرَّبُّ: مِنْ أَجْلِ أَنَّ ٱلْأَرَامِيِّينَ قَالُوا: إِنَّ ٱلرَّبَّ إِنَّمَا هُوَ إِلَهُ جِبَالٍ وَلَيْسَ هُوَ إِلَهَ أَوْدِيَةٍ، أَدْفَعُ كُلَّ هَذَا ٱلْجُمْهُورِ ٱلْعَظِيمِ لِيَدِكَ، فَتَعْلَمُونَ أَنِّي أَنَا ٱلرَّبُّ». ٢٨ 28
Then a man of God came near and spoke to the king of Israel and said, “Yahweh says: 'Because the Arameans have said that Yahweh is a god of the hills, but he is not a god of the valleys, I will place this great army into your hand, and you will know that I am Yahweh.'”
فَنَزَلَ هَؤُلَاءِ مُقَابِلَ أُولَئِكَ سَبْعَةَ أَيَّامٍ. وَفِي ٱلْيَوْمِ ٱلسَّابِعِ ٱشْتَبَكَتِ ٱلْحَرْبُ، فَضَرَبَ بَنُو إِسْرَائِيلَ مِنَ ٱلْأَرَامِيِّينَ مِئَةَ أَلْفِ رَاجِلٍ فِي يَوْمٍ وَاحِدٍ. ٢٩ 29
So the armies camped opposite each other for seven days. Then on the seventh day the battle started. The people of Israel killed 100,000 Aramean footmen in one day.
وَهَرَبَ ٱلْبَاقُونَ إِلَى أَفِيقَ، إِلَى ٱلْمَدِينَةِ، وَسَقَطَ ٱلسُّورُ عَلَى ٱلسَّبْعَةِ وَٱلْعِشْرِينَ أَلْفَ رَجُلٍ ٱلْبَاقِينَ. وَهَرَبَ بَنْهَدَدُ وَدَخَلَ ٱلْمَدِينَةَ، مِنْ مِخْدَعٍ إِلَى مِخْدَعٍ. ٣٠ 30
The rest fled to Aphek, into the city, and the wall fell on twenty-seven thousand men who were left. Ben Hadad fled and went into the city, into an inner room.
فَقَالَ لَهُ عَبِيدُهُ: «إِنَّنَا قَدْ سَمِعْنَا أَنَّ مُلُوكَ بَيْتِ إِسْرَائِيلَ هُمْ مُلُوكٌ حَلِيمُونَ، فَلْنَضَعْ مُسُوحًا عَلَى أَحْقَائِنَا وَحِبَالًا عَلَى رُؤُوسِنَا وَنَخْرُجُ إِلَى مَلِكِ إِسْرَائِيلَ لَعَلَّهُ يُحْيِي نَفْسَكَ». ٣١ 31
Ben Hadad's servants said to him, “Look now, we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings. Please let us put sackcloth around our waists and ropes around our heads, and go out to the king of Israel. Perhaps he will spare your life.”
فَشَدُّوا مُسُوحًا عَلَى أَحْقَائِهِمْ وَحِبَالًا عَلَى رُؤُوسِهِمْ وَأَتَوْا إِلَى مَلِكِ إِسْرَائِيلَ وَقَالُوا: «يَقُولُ عَبْدُكَ بَنْهَدَدُ: لِتَحْيَ نَفْسِي». فَقَالَ: «أَهُوَ حَيٌّ بَعْدُ؟ هُوَ أَخِي». ٣٢ 32
So they put sackcloth on their waists and ropes around their heads and then went to the king of Israel and said, “Your servant Ben Hadad said, 'Please let me live.'” Ahab said, “Is he still alive? He is my brother.”
فَتَفَاءَلَ ٱلرِّجَالُ وَأَسْرَعُوا وَلَجُّوا هَلْ هُوَ مِنْهُ. وَقَالُوا: «أَخُوكَ بَنْهَدَدُ». فَقَالَ: «ٱدْخُلُوا خُذُوهُ» فَخَرَجَ إِلَيْهِ بَنْهَدَدُ فَأَصْعَدَهُ إِلَى ٱلْمَرْكَبَةِ. ٣٣ 33
Now the men were listening for any sign from Ahab, so they quickly answered him, “Yes, your brother Ben Hadad is alive.” Then Ahab said, “Go and bring him.” Then Ben Hadad came to him, and Ahab had him come up into his chariot.
وَقَالَ لَهُ: «إِنِّي أَرُدُّ ٱلْمُدُنَ ٱلَّتِي أَخَذَهَا أَبِي مِنْ أَبِيكَ، وَتَجْعَلُ لِنَفْسِكَ أَسْوَاقًا فِي دِمَشْقَ كَمَا جَعَلَ أَبِي فِي ٱلسَّامِرَةِ». فَقَالَ: «وَأَنَا أُطْلِقُكَ بِهَذَا ٱلْعَهْدِ». فَقَطَعَ لَهُ عَهْدًا وَأَطْلَقَهُ. ٣٤ 34
Ben Hadad said to Ahab, “I will restore to you the cities that my father took from your father, and you may make markets for yourself in Damascus, as my father did in Samaria.” Ahab replied, “I will let you go with this covenant.” So Ahab made a covenant with him and then let him go.
وَإِنَّ رَجُلًا مِنْ بَنِي ٱلْأَنْبِيَاءِ قَالَ لِصَاحِبِهِ: «عَنْ أَمْرِ ٱلرَّبِّ ٱضْرِبْنِي». فَأَبَى ٱلرَّجُلُ أَنْ يَضْرِبَهُ. ٣٥ 35
A certain man, one of the sons of the prophets, said to one of his fellow prophets by the word of Yahweh, “Please hit me.” But the man refused to hit him.
فَقَالَ لَهُ: «مِنْ أَجْلِ أَنَّكَ لَمْ تَسْمَعْ لِقَوْلِ ٱلرَّبِّ فَحِينَمَا تَذْهَبُ مِنْ عِنْدِي يَقْتُلُكَ أَسَدٌ». وَلَمَّا ذَهَبَ مِنْ عِنْدِهِ لَقِيَهُ أَسَدٌ وَقَتَلَهُ. ٣٦ 36
Then the prophet said to his fellow prophet, “Because you have not obeyed the voice of Yahweh, as soon as you leave me, a lion will kill you.” As soon as that man had left him, a lion came upon him and killed him.
ثُمَّ صَادَفَ رَجُلًا آخَرَ فَقَالَ: «ٱضْرِبْنِي». فَضَرَبَهُ ٱلرَّجُلُ ضَرْبَةً فَجَرَحَهُ. ٣٧ 37
Then the prophet found another man and said, “Please hit me.” So the man hit him and wounded him.
فَذَهَبَ ٱلنَّبِيُّ وَٱنْتَظَرَ ٱلْمَلِكَ عَلَى ٱلطَّرِيقِ، وَتَنَكَّرَ بِعِصَابَةٍ عَلَى عَيْنَيْهِ. ٣٨ 38
Then the prophet left and waited for the king by the road; he had disguised himself with a bandage over his eyes.
وَلَمَّا عَبَرَ ٱلْمَلِكُ نَادَى ٱلْمَلِكَ وَقَالَ: «خَرَجَ عَبْدُكَ إِلَى وَسْطِ ٱلْقِتَالِ، وَإِذَا بِرَجُلٍ مَالَ وَأَتَى إِلَيَّ بِرَجُلٍ وَقَالَ: ٱحْفَظْ هَذَا ٱلرَّجُلَ، وَإِنْ فُقِدَ تَكُونُ نَفْسُكَ بَدَلَ نَفْسِهِ، أَوْ تَدْفَعُ وَزْنَةً مِنَ ٱلْفِضَّةِ. ٣٩ 39
As the king passed by, the prophet cried out to the king and said, “Your servant went out into the heat of the battle, and a soldier stopped and brought a man to me and said, 'Watch this man. If by any means he goes missing, your life will be given for his life, or you must pay a talent of silver.'
وَفِيمَا عَبْدُكَ مُشْتَغِلٌ هُنَا وَهُنَاكَ إِذَا هُوَ مَفْقُودٌ». فَقَالَ لَهُ مَلِكُ إِسْرَائِيلَ: «هَكَذَا حُكْمُكَ. أَنْتَ قَضَيْتَ». ٤٠ 40
But because your servant was busy going here and there, the man escaped.” Then the king of Israel said to him, “This is what your punishment will be—you yourself have decided it.”
فَبَادَرَ وَرَفَعَ ٱلْعِصَابَةَ عَنْ عَيْنَيْهِ، فَعَرَفَهُ مَلِكُ إِسْرَائِيلَ أَنَّهُ مِنَ ٱلْأَنْبِيَاءِ. ٤١ 41
Then the prophet quickly removed the bandage from his eyes, and the king of Israel recognized that he was one of the prophets.
فَقَالَ لَهُ: «هَكَذَا قَالَ ٱلرَّبُّ: لِأَنَّكَ أَفْلَتَّ مِنْ يَدِكَ رَجُلًا قَدْ حَرَّمْتُهُ، تَكُونُ نَفْسُكَ بَدَلَ نَفْسِهِ، وَشَعْبُكَ بَدَلَ شَعْبِهِ». ٤٢ 42
The prophet said to the king, “Yahweh says, 'Because you have let go from your hand the man whom I had sentenced to death, your life will take the place of his life, and your people for his people.'”
فَمَضَى مَلِكُ إِسْرَائِيلَ إِلَى بَيْتِهِ مُكْتَئِبًا مَغْمُومًا وَجَاءَ إِلَى ٱلسَّامِرَةِ. ٤٣ 43
So the king of Israel went to his house resentful and angry, and arrived in Samaria.