2 Samuel 10: David defeats the Ammonites


  • Hanun’s rejection
  • Ammon’s defeat
  • Joab’s faith


2 Samuel 10 reads like just another chapter out of the wars of the Ancient Near East. However, this chapter plays an important role in the life of David as well as the life of the believer. These two chapters of 9 and 10 where David is honouring promises and human life are a backdrop for the coming catastrophe with Bathsheba and Uriah where David dishonours the covenant of marriage and human life. The Ammonite wars are the historical situation for these events. But for the believer who is in a constant spiritual war of which God’s people in all ages have been a part this chapter reminds us of some important points we need to remember in our own fight.