(after the enemy fled from battle) Joab left off fighting the Ammonites and returned to Jerusalem. the Syrians. regrouped (and) sent for the Syrians who were across the River. 2 Samuel 10:14-16

Partial defeat stirs up our foes to stronger struggles. Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910, British Baptist expository preacher

When (the enemy’s regrouping) was told to David, he gathered all Israel, crossed over the Jordan and defeated them and they made peace with Israel. 2 Samuel 10:17-19a

Why try to fight the battle on the field of (the enemy’s) choosing? Kevin Pauley, Christian pastor, writer

(After David’s major victory over Syrian invaders). servants to (the Syrian king living in Israel). made peace with Israel and served them. So the Syrians were afraid to help the people of Ammon anymore. 2 Samuel 10:19

External victory allows internal peace.

In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out.. But David remained in Jerusalem. 2 Samuel 11:1

There is no cruise control on the Christian life. Heard on a NY radio station 24Oct 04

One late afternoon, David got up from taking his nap and was strolling on the roof of the palace. From his vantage point on the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was stunningly beautiful. 2 Samuel 11:2

Temptations happen. They're not from God; they're from the lust of our flesh. Temptation springs up out of nowhere as a hunger, a drive, a desire, an emotion. That is natural, and happens to every human being. But when it happens, you can either take it captive, or let it take you captive. Ron Daniels