10 Then Ben-Hadad sent another message to Ahab: “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if enough dust(A) remains in Samaria to give each of my men a handful.”

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10 And Benhadad sent unto him, and said, The gods do so unto me, and more also, if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for handfuls for all the people that follow me.

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Nothing had been left(A) of the army of Jehoahaz except fifty horsemen, ten chariots and ten thousand foot soldiers, for the king of Aram had destroyed the rest and made them like the dust(B) at threshing time.

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Neither did he leave of the people to Jehoahaz but fifty horsemen, and ten chariots, and ten thousand footmen; for the king of Syria had destroyed them, and had made them like the dust by threshing.

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“Who has stirred(A) up one from the east,(B)
    calling him in righteousness(C) to his service[a]?(D)
He hands nations over to him
    and subdues kings before him.
He turns them to dust(E) with his sword,
    to windblown chaff(F) with his bow.(G)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 41:2 Or east, / whom victory meets at every step
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Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? he gave them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow.

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Judgment on Israel’s Neighbors

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Damascus,(A)
    even for four, I will not relent.(B)
Because she threshed Gilead
    with sledges having iron teeth,

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Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:

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