God’s Blessing on David 14 1King Hiram of Tyre sent envoys to David, along with cedar logs, stonemasons, and carpenters to build a palace for him. 2Then David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom had been exalted for the sake of His people Israel. 3David took more wives in Jerusalem, and he became the father of more sons and daughters. 4These are the names of the children born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 5Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 6Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 7Elishama, Beeliada, and Eliphelet. 8When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, they all went in search of David; when David heard of this, he went out to face them. 9Now the Philistines had come and raided in the Valley of Rephaim, 10so David inquired of God, “Should I go to war against the Philistines? Will You hand them over to me?” The Lord replied, “Go, and I will hand them over to you.” 11So the Israelites went up to Baal-perazim, and David defeated the Philistines there. Then David said, “Like a bursting flood, God has used me to burst out against my enemies.” Therefore, they named that place the Lord Bursts Out.[Q] 12The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David ordered that they be burned in the fire. 13Once again the Philistines raided in the valley. 14So David again inquired of God, and God answered him, “Do not pursue them directly. Circle around them and attack them opposite the balsam trees. 15When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then march out to battle, for God will have marched out ahead of you to attack the camp of the Philistines.” 16So David did exactly as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer. 17Then David’s fame spread throughout the lands, and the Lord caused all the nations to be terrified of him.
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