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David Strikes Down Nations

18 Now (A)it happened afterwards, that David struck the Philistines and subdued them and took Gath and its towns from the hand of the Philistines. He also struck Moab, and the Moabites became servants to David, bringing tribute.

Then David struck Hadadezer king of Zobah as far as Hamath, as he went to set up his [a]power at the Euphrates River. And David captured from him 1,000 chariots and 7,000 horsemen and 20,000 foot soldiers, and David hamstrung all the chariot horses, but left enough of them for 100 chariots.

Then the Arameans of [b]Damascus came to help Hadadezer king (B)of Zobah. And David struck down 22,000 men of the Arameans. Then David placed garrisons among the Arameans of [c]Damascus; and the Arameans became servants to David, bringing tribute. And Yahweh granted salvation to David wherever he went. And David took the small shields of gold which were [d]carried by the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. Also from [e]Tibhath and from Cun, cities of Hadadezer, David took a very large amount of bronze, with which (C)Solomon made the bronze sea and the pillars and the bronze utensils.

Then [f]Tou king of Hamath heard that David had struck down all the military force of Hadadezer king of Zobah, 10 so he sent [g]Hadoram his son to King David to [h]greet him and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and struck him down; 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 set these apart as holy to Yahweh 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 [i]smote 18,000 of Edom in the Valley of Salt. 13 Then he placed garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became servants to David. And Yahweh granted salvation to David wherever he went.

14 So David reigned over all Israel; and he was doing justice and righteousness for all his people. 15 (D)Now Joab 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 scribe; 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.


  1. 1 Chronicles 18:3 Or monument; lit hand
  2. 1 Chronicles 18:5 Heb Darmeseq
  3. 1 Chronicles 18:6 Heb Darmeseq
  4. 1 Chronicles 18:7 Lit on
  5. 1 Chronicles 18:8 In 2 Sam 8:8, Betah
  6. 1 Chronicles 18:9 In 2 Sam 8:9, Toi
  7. 1 Chronicles 18:10 In 2 Sam 8:10, Joram
  8. 1 Chronicles 18:10 Lit ask him of his welfare
  9. 1 Chronicles 18:12 Or struck down