Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
1Ch 18:1, 2.
1. David . . . took Gath and her towns--The full
extent of David's conquests in the Philistine territory is here
distinctly stated, whereas in the parallel passage
it was only described in a general way. Gath was the "Metheg-ammah," or
"arm-bridle," as it is there called--either from its supremacy as the
capital over the other Philistine towns, or because, in the capture of
that important place and its dependencies, he obtained the complete
control of his restless neighbors.
2. he smote Moab--The terrible severities by which David's conquest
of that people was marked, and the probable reason of their being
subjected to such a dreadful retribution, are narrated
the Moabites . . . brought gifts--that
is, became tributary to Israel.
HADADEZER AND THE
3. Hadarezer--or, "Hadadezer"
which was probably the original form of the name, was derived from
Hadad, a Syrian deity. It seems to have become the official and
hereditary title of the rulers of that kingdom.
Zobah--Its situation is determined by the words "unto" or "towards
Hamath," a little to the northeast of Damascus, and is supposed by some
to be the same place as in earlier times was called Hobah
Previous to the rise of Damascus, Zobah was the capital of the kingdom
which held supremacy among the petty states of Syria.
as he went to stablish his dominion by the river Euphrates--Some refer
this to David, who was seeking to extend his possessions in one
direction towards a point bordering on the Euphrates, in accordance
with the promise
But others are of opinion that, as David's name is mentioned
this reference is most applicable to Hadadezer.
4-8. And David took from him a thousand
David is said to have taken seven hundred horsemen, whereas here it is
said that he took seven thousand. This great discrepancy in the text of
the two narratives seems to have originated with a transcriber in
confounding the two Hebrew letters which indicate the numbers, and in
neglecting to mark or obscure the points over one of them. We have no
means of ascertaining whether seven hundred or seven thousand be the
more correct. Probably the former should be adopted [DAVIDSON'S HERMENUTICS].
but reserved of them an hundred chariots--probably to grace a triumphal
procession on his return to Jerusalem, and after using them in that
way, destroy them like the rest.
8. from Tibhath and from Chun--These places are called Betah and
Perhaps the one might be the Jewish, the other the Syrian, name of
these towns. Neither their situation nor the connection between them is
known. The Arabic version makes them to be Emesa (now Hems) and
Baal-bek, both of which agree very well with the relative position of
9-13. Tou--or Toi--whose dominions border on those of Hadadezer.
17. the Cherethites and the Pelethites--who formed the royal bodyguard.
The Cherethites were, most probably, those brave men who all along
accompanied David while among the Philistines, and from that people
derived their name
as well as their skill in archery--while the Pelethites were those who
joined him at Ziklag, took their name from Pelet, the chief man in the
and, being Benjamites, were expert in the use of the sling.