2 Samuel 8

1 Some time later, David defeated the Philisʹtines and subdued them, and David took Methʹeg-amʹmah out of the hands of the Philisʹtines.

2 He defeated the Moʹabites and made them lie down on the ground and measured them with a line. He measured out two lines to be put to death, and one full line to be kept alive. And the Moʹabites became David’s servants and brought tribute.

3 David defeated Hadadeʹzer the son of Reʹhob the king of Zoʹbah as he was on his way to restore his authority at the Euphraʹtes River.

4 David captured 1,700 horsemen and 20,000 foot soldiers from him. Then David hamstrung all but 100 of the chariot horses.

5 When the Syrians of Damascus came to help King Hadadeʹzer of Zoʹbah, David struck down 22,000 of the Syrians.

6 David then established garrisons in Syria of Damascus, and the Syrians became David’s servants and brought tribute. Jehovah gave David victory wherever he went.

7 Moreover, David took the circular shields of gold from the servants of Hadadeʹzer and brought them to Jerusalem.

8 From Beʹtah and Beroʹthai, cities of Hadadeʹzer, King David took a great quantity of copper.

9 Now King Toʹi of Haʹmath heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadeʹzer.

10 So Toʹi sent his son Joʹram to King David to ask about his welfare and to congratulate him because he had fought and defeated Hadadeʹzer (for Hadadeʹzer had often fought against Toʹi), and he brought articles of silver, gold, and copper.

11 King David sanctified these to Jehovah, along with the silver and the gold that he had sanctified from all the nations that he had subdued:

12 from Syria and Moʹab, from the Amʹmonites, the Philisʹtines, the Amalʹekites, and from the spoil of Hadadeʹzer the son of Reʹhob the king of Zoʹbah.

13 David also made a name for himself when he came back from striking down 18,000 Eʹdomites in the Valley of Salt.

14 He established garrisons in Eʹdom. In all Eʹdom he established garrisons, and all the Eʹdomites became David’s servants. Jehovah gave David victory wherever he went.

15 David kept reigning over all Israel, and David was administering justice and righteousness for all his people.

16 Joʹab the son of Zeruʹiah was over the army, and Jehoshʹaphat the son of Ahiʹlud was recorder.

17 Zaʹdok the son of Ahiʹtub and Ahimʹelech the son of Abiʹathar were priests, and Seraiʹah was secretary.

18 Benaiʹah the son of Jehoiʹada was over the Cherʹethites and the Pelʹethites. And David’s sons became chief ministers.

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