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And the servants of the king of Syria said unto him, Their gods are gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we; but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

20:23 gods of the hills. The religion of the Syrians was a typical form of evolutionary pantheism, personifying natural forces and systems as gods and goddesses, who were actually demonic spirits supposedly controlling those natural phenomena. Such “gods” were no match for the true God of creation who had made them in the first place.

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