Siege of SamariaSiege of Samaria - "Now Ben-hadad king of Aram gathered all his army, and there were thirty-two kings with him, and horses and chariots.  And he went up and besieged Samaria and fought against it.  Then he sent messengers to the city to Ahab king of Israel and said to him, 'Thus says Ben-hadad, "Your silver and your gold are mine; your most beautiful wives and children are also mine."'  The king of Israel replied, 'It is according to your word, my lord, O king; I am yours, and all that I have.'  Then the messengers returned and said, 'Thus says Ben-hadad, "Surely, I sent to you saying, 'You shall give me your silver and your gold and your wives and your children, but about this time tomorrow I will send my servants to you, and they will search your house and the houses of your servants; and whatever is desirable in your eyes, they will take in their hand and carry away'"'  The the king of Israel called all the elders of the land and said, 'Please observe and see how this man is looking for trouble; for he sent to me for my wives and my children and my silver and my gold, and I did not refuse him.'  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 sent for your servant at the first I will do, but this thing I cannot do."'  And the messengers departed and brought him word again.  Ben-hadad sent to him again and said, 'May the gods do so to me and more also, if the dust of Samaria will suffice for handfuls for all the people who follow me.'  Then the king of Israel replied, 'Tell him, "Let not him who girds on his armor boast like him who takes it off."'

 

"When Ben-hadad heard this message as he was drinking with the kings in the temporary shelters, he said to his servants, 'Station yourselves.'  So they stationed themselves against the city.  Now behold, a prophet approached Ahab the king of Israel and said, 'Thus says the Lord, "Have you seen all this great multitude?  Behold, I will deliver them into your hand today, and you shall know that I am the Lord."'  Ahab said, 'By whom?'  So he said, 'Thus says the Lord, "By the young men of the rulers of the provinces."'  Then he (Ahab) said, 'Who shall begin the battle?'  And he answered, 'You.'  Then he mustered the young men of the rulers of the provinces, and there were 232; and after them he mustered all the people, even all the sons of Israel, 7,000.  They went out at noon, while Ben-hadad was drinking himself drunk in the temporary shelters with the thirty-two kings who helped him.  The young men of the rulers of the provinces went out first; and Ben-hadad sent out and they told him, saying, 'Men have come out from Samaria.'  Then he said, 'If they have come out for peace, take them alive; or if they have come out for war, take them alive.'  So these went out from the city, the young men of the rulers of the provinces, and the army which followed them.  They killed each his man; and the Arameans fled and Israel pursued them; and Ben-hadad escaped on a horse with horsemen.  The king of Israel went out and struck the horses and chariots, and killed the Arameans with a great slaughter.  Then the prophet came near to the king of Israel and said to him, 'Go, strengthen yourself and observe and see what you have to do; for at the turn of the year the king of Aram will come up against you.'  Now the servants of the king of Aram said to him, 'Their gods are gods of the mountains, therefore they were stronger than we; but rather let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we will be stronger than they.'" (I Kings 20:1-23, NASB)