And when David heard of it
, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty men.
And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array at the entering in of the gate: and the Syrians of Zoba, and of Rehob, and Ishtob, and Maacah, were
by themselves in the field.
When Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men
of Israel, and put them
in array against the Syrians:
And the rest of the people he delivered into the hand of Abishai his brother, that he might put them
in array against the children of Ammon.
And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then thou shalt help me: but if the children of Ammon be too strong for thee, then I will come and help thee.