Bible: 2 Samuel 8

David Subjugates Nearby Nations

8:1 Later David defeated the Philistines and subdued them. David took Metheg Ammah 1  from the Philistines. 2  8:2 He defeated the Moabites. He made them lie on the ground and then used a rope to measure them off. He put two-thirds of them to death and spared the other third. 3  The Moabites became David’s subjects and brought tribute. 4  8:3 David defeated King Hadadezer son of Rehob of Zobah when he came to reestablish 5  his authority 6  over the Euphrates 7  River. 8:4 David seized from him 1,700 charioteers 8  and 20,000 infantrymen. David cut the hamstrings of all but a hundred of the chariot horses. 9  8:5 The Arameans of Damascus came to help King Hadadezer of Zobah, but David killed 22,000 of the Arameans. 8:6 David placed garrisons in the territory of the Arameans of Damascus; the Arameans became David’s subjects and brought tribute. The Lord protected 10  David wherever he campaigned. 11  8:7 David took the golden shields that belonged to Hadadezer’s servants and brought them to Jerusalem. 12  8:8 From Tebah 13  and Berothai, Hadadezer’s cities, King David took a great deal of bronze.

8:9 When King Toi 14  of Hamath heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer, 8:10 he 15  sent his son Joram 16  to King David to extend his best wishes 17  and to pronounce a blessing on him for his victory over Hadadezer, for Toi had been at war with Hadadezer. 18  He brought with him various items made of silver, gold, and bronze. 19  8:11 King David dedicated these things to the Lord, 20  along with the dedicated silver and gold that he had taken from 21  all the nations that he had subdued, 8:12 including 22  Aram, 23  Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines, and Amelek. This also included some of the plunder taken from 24  King Hadadezer son of Rehob of Zobah.

8:13 David became famous 25  when he returned from defeating the Arameans 26  in the Valley of Salt, he defeated 27  18,000 in all. 8:14 He placed garrisons throughout Edom, 28  and all the Edomites became David’s subjects. The Lord protected David wherever he campaigned. 8:15 David reigned over all Israel; he guaranteed justice for all his people. 29 

David’s Cabinet

8:16 Joab son of Zeruiah was general in command of 30  the army; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was secretary; 8:17 Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech son of Abiathar 31  were priests; Seraiah was scribe; 8:18 Benaiah son of Jehoida supervised 32  the Kerithites and Pelethites; and David’s sons were priests. 33 

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