9 But a mprophet of the Lord was there, whose name was Oded; and he went out before the army that came to Samaria, and said to them: “Look, nbecause the Lord God of your fathers was angry with Judah, He has delivered them into your hand; but you have killed them in a rage that oreaches up to heaven. 10 And now you propose to force the children of Judah and Jerusalem to be your pmale and female slaves; but are you not also guilty before the Lord your God? 11 Now hear me, therefore, and return the captives, whom you have taken captive from your brethren, qfor the fierce wrath of the Lord is upon you.”
12 Then some of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah the son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood up against those who came from the war, 13 and said to them, “You shall not bring the captives here, for we already have offended the Lord. You intend to add to our sins and to our guilt; for our guilt is great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel.” 14 So the armed men left the captives and the 3spoil before the leaders and all the assembly. 15 Then the men rwho were designated by name rose up and took the captives, and from the 4spoil they clothed all who were naked among them, dressed them and gave them sandals, sgave them food and drink, and anointed them; and they let all the feeble ones ride on donkeys. So they brought them to their brethren at Jericho, tthe city of palm trees. Then they returned to Samaria.
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