The first twelve verses of 1 Kings 20 describes the problem facing the northern nation of Israel. Ben-hadad is the king of Syria and leads an attack against Samaria, the capital city of Israel. Ben-hadad sends messengers to Ahab, the king of Israel, with a choice. Either be utterly destroyed or hand over your silver, your gold, wives, and children. Basically everything and everyone is now under Syrian rule.
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