2 David said, “I will keep faith with Hanun son of Nahash, since his father kept faith with me.” David sent messengers with condolences to him over his father. But when David‘s courtiers came to the land of Ammon to Hanun, with condolences,
va-YO-mer da-VEED e-e-seh KHE-sed im kha-NUN ben na-KHASH kee a-SAH a-VEEV i-MEE KHE-sed va-yish-LAKH da-VEED mal-a-KHEEM l’-na-kha-MO al a-VEEV va-ya-vo-U av-DAY da-VEED el E-retz b’-NAY a-MON el kha-NUN l’-na-kha-MO
19:2 I will keep faith with Hanun son of Nahash
David sends messages to comfort Hanun over the death of his father, even though he is a rival king. With this action, David shows that he understood that when it comes to relations between nations, there are considerations that go beyond mere politics. By disgracing David’s emissaries, though, Hanun shows that he does not believe in the possibility of friendship or gratitude between kings. David’s first instinct, however, is that statecraft doesn’t nullify the necessity for kindness. By behaving in this manner, David shows what makes the kings of Israel who reign in Yerushalayim unique. After all, Yerushalayim is called “City of Righteousness, Faithful City” (Isaiah 1:26).