David's Kingdom Strengthened
1 Now after this it R261 came about that David defeated F211 the Philistines and subdued them and took Gath and its towns from the hand of the Philistines. 2 He defeated Moab, and the Moabites became servants to David, bringing tribute.
3 David also defeated Hadadezer king of Zobah as far as Hamath, as he went to establish his rule F212 to the Euphrates River. 4 David took from him 1,000 chariots and 7,000 horsemen and 20,000 foot soldiers, and David hamstrung all the chariot horses, but reserved enough of them for 100 chariots.
5 When the Arameans of Damascus F213 came to help Hadadezer king of R262 Zobah, David killed F214 22,000 men of the Arameans. 6 Then David put garrisons among the Arameans of Damascus; F215 and the Arameans became servants to David, bringing tribute. And the LORD helped David wherever he went. 7 David took the shields of gold which were carried F216 by the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. 8 Also from Tibhath F217 and from Cun, cities of Hadadezer, David took a very large amount of bronze, with which Solomon R263 made the bronze sea and the pillars and the bronze utensils.
9 Now when Tou F218 king of Hamath heard that David had defeated F219 all the army of Hadadezer king of Zobah, 10 he sent Hadoram F220 his son to King David to greet F221 him and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and had defeated F222 him; for Hadadezer had been at war with Tou. And Hadoram brought all kinds of articles of gold and silver and bronze. 11 King David also dedicated these to the LORD with the silver and the gold which he had carried away from all the nations: from Edom, Moab, the sons of Ammon, the Philistines, and from Amalek.
12 Moreover Abishai the son of Zeruiah defeated F223 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt. 13 Then he put garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became servants to David. And the LORD helped David wherever he went.
14 So David reigned over all Israel; and he administered F224 justice and righteousness for all his people. 15 Joab R264 the son of Zeruiah was over the army, and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder; 16 and Zadok the son of Ahitub and Abimelech the son of Abiathar were priests, and Shavsha was secretary; 17 and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites, and the sons of David were chiefs at the king's side.
F211: Lit smote, and so in vv 1-3
F212: Lit hand
F213: Hebrew Darmeseq
F214: Lit smote
F215: Hebrew Darmeseq
F216: Lit on
F217: In 2+@Sam 8:8, Betah
F218: In 2+@Sam 8:9, Toi
F219: Lit smitten
F220: In 2+@Sam 8:10, Joram
F221: Lit ask him of his welfare
F222: Lit smitten
F223: Lit smote
F224: Lit was doing
R261: 2 Samuel 8:1-18
R262: 1 Chronicles 19:6
R263: 1 Kings 7:40-47; 2 Chronicles 4:11-18
R264: 1 Chronicles 11:6