Chapter 18

1 And it came to pass afterwards, that David smote the Philistines, and routed them, and took Geth and its villages out of the hand of the Philistines.


2 And he smote Moab; and the 1Moabites became servants to David, and tributaries.

3 And David smote Adraazar king of Suba of Emath, as he was going to establish power toward the river Euphrates. 4 And David took of them a thousand chariots, and seven thousand horsemen, and twenty thousand infantry: and David houghed all the 2chariot horses, but there were reserved of them a hundred chariots. 5 And the Syrian came from Damascus to help Adraazar king of Suba; and David smote 3of the Syrian army twenty and two thousand men. 6 And David put a garrison in Syria near Damascus; and they became tributary servants to David: and the Lord delivered David wherever he went. 7 And David took the golden collars that were on the servants of Adraazar, and brought them to Jerusalem. 8 And David took out of Matabeth, and out of the chief cities of Adraazar very much brass: of this Solomon made the brazen sea, and the pillars, and the brazen vessels.

9 And Thoa king of Emath heard that David 4had smitten the whole force of Adraazar king of Suba. 10 And he sent Aduram his son to king David 5to ask how he was, and to congratulate him because he had fought against Adraazar, and smitten him; for Thoa was the enemy of Adraazar. 11 And all the golden and silver and brazen vessels, even these king David consecrated to the Lord, with the silver and the gold which he took from all the nations; from Idumæa, and Moab, and from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines, and from Amalec.

12 And Abesa son of Saruia smote 6the Idumeans in the valley of Salt, eighteen thousand. 13 And he put garrisons in the valley; and all the Idumæans became David's servants: and the Lord delivered David wherever he went.

14 So David reigned over all Israel; and he executed judgment and justice to all his people. 15 And Joab the son of Saruia was over the army, and Josaphat the son of Achilud was recorder. 16 And Sadoc son of Achitob, and Achimelech son of Abiathar, were the priests; and Susa was the scribe; 17 and Banæas the son of Jodae was over the Cherethite and the Phelethite, and the sons of David were the chief 7deputies of the king.

1 Gr. Moab.

2 Lit. chariots.

3 Gr. in the Syrian.

4 Gr. smote.

5 Gr. possibly to ask conditions of peace. See Luke 14.32; also Ju. 18.15. Hebraism.

6 Gr. Idumæa.

7 See Acts 24.27, 'successor.'


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