David Fights 18 1In the days that followed, David struck hard at the Philistines, bringing them to their knees, captured Gath, and took control of the surrounding countryside. 2He also fought and defeated Moab. The Moabites came under David’s rule and paid regular tribute. 3On his way to restore his sovereignty at the Euphrates River, David defeated Hadadezer king of Zobah (over toward Hamath). 4David captured a thousand chariots, seven thousand cavalry, and twenty thousand infantry from him. He hamstrung all the chariot horses, but saved back a hundred. 5When the Arameans from Damascus came to the aid of Hadadezer king of Zobah, David killed twenty-two thousand of them. 6David set up a puppet government in Aram–Damascus. The Arameans became subjects of David and were forced to bring tribute. God gave victory to David wherever he marched. 7David plundered the gold shields that belonged to the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. 8He also looted Tebah and Cun, cities of Hadadezer, of a huge quantity of bronze that Solomon later used to make the Great Bronze Sea, the Pillars, and bronze equipment in The Temple. 9Tou king of Hamath heard that David had struck down the entire army of Hadadezer king of Zobah. 10He sent his son Hadoram to King David to greet and congratulate him for fighting and defeating Hadadezer. Tou and Hadadezer were old enemies. Hadoram brought David various things made of silver, gold, and bronze. 11King David consecrated these things along with the silver and gold that he had plundered from other nations: Edom, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines, and Amalek. 12Abishai son of Zeruiah fought and defeated the Edomites in the Valley of Salt—eighteen thousand of them. 13He set up a puppet government in Edom and the Edomites became subjects under David. God gave David victory wherever he marched. 14Thus David ruled over all of Israel. He ruled well, fair and evenhanded in all his duties and relationships. 15Joab son of Zeruiah was head of the army; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was in charge of public records; 16Zadok son of Ahitub and Abimelech son of Abiathar were priests; Shavsha was secretary; 17Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the special forces, the Kerethites and Pelethites; And David’s sons held high positions, close to the king.
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