The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from King James Bible:|
to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?
SA2 10:4 Wherefore Hanun took David's servants, and shaved off the one
half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to
their buttocks, and sent them away.
SA2 10:5 When they told it unto David, he sent to meet them, because
the men were greatly ashamed: and the king said, Tarry at Jericho until
your beards be grown, and then return.
SA2 10:6 And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank before
David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Bethrehob and
the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and of king Maacah a
thousand men, and of Ishtob twelve thousand men.
King James Bible