Messengers, i.e. ambassadors, to prevent bloodshed, and make peace, as far as in him lay; that so the Israelites might be acquitted before God and men from all the sad consequences of this war: herein he showed great prudence, and no less piety.
What hast thou to do with me? what pretence or reasonable cause hast thou for this invasion?
My land; he speaks this in the name of all the people, whose the land was.