The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers conspire together against the LORD and His Anointed One:
No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel [will prevail] against the LORD.
For Aram, along with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has plotted harm against you. They say:
Let us go up against Judah, terrorize it, and conquer it for ourselves. Then we can install Tabeel's son as king in it."
This is what the Lord God says: It will not happen; it will not occur.
Band together, peoples, and be broken; pay attention, all you distant lands; prepare for war, and be broken; prepare for war, and be broken.
Devise a plan; it will fail. Make a prediction; it will not happen. For God is with us.
So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, "What are we going to do since this man does many signs?
If we let Him continue in this way, everybody will believe in Him! Then the Romans will come and remove both our place and our nation."
One of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all!
You're not considering that it is to your advantage that one man should die for the people rather than the whole nation perish."
He did not say this on his own, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,
and not for the nation only, but also to unite the scattered children of God.
So from that day on they plotted to kill Him.
When it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under a curse: neither to eat nor to drink until they had killed Paul.
There were more than 40 who had formed this plot.
These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.
Then I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and against His army.
Therefore Adoni-zedek king of Jerusalem sent [word] to Hoham king of Hebron, Piram king of Jarmuth, Japhia king of Lachish, and Debir king of Eglon, saying,
"Come up and help me. We will attack Gibeon, because they have made peace with Joshua and the Israelites."
So the five Amorite kings-- the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon-- joined forces, advanced with all their armies, besieged Gibeon, and fought against it.
When the Ammonites realized they had become repulsive to David, they hired 20,000 foot soldiers from the Arameans of Beth-rehob and Zobah, 1,000 men from the king of Maacah, and 12,000 men from Tob.
David heard about it and sent Joab and all the fighting men.
The Ammonites marched out and lined up in battle formation at the entrance to the city gate while the Arameans of Zobah and Rehob and the men of Tob and Maacah were in the field by themselves.
When it became known to the house of David that Aram had occupied Ephraim, the heart of Ahaz and the hearts of his people trembled like trees of a forest shaking in a wind.