David’s Military Victories
1After this, David defeated and subdued the Philistines by conquering Gath and its surrounding towns. 2David also conquered the land of Moab, and the Moabites who were spared became David’s subjects and paid him tribute money.
3David also destroyed the forces of Hadadezer, king of Zobah, as far as Hamath,*18:3 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. when Hadadezer marched out to strengthen his control along the Euphrates River. 4David captured 1,000 chariots, 7,000 charioteers, and 20,000 foot soldiers. He crippled all the chariot horses except enough for 100 chariots.
5When Arameans from Damascus arrived to help King Hadadezer, David killed 22,000 of them.
6Then he placed several army garrisons*18:6 As in Greek version and Latin Vulgate (see also
7David brought the gold shields of Hadadezer’s officers to Jerusalem,
8along with a large amount of bronze from Hadadezer’s towns of Tebah*18:8 Hebrew reads Tibhath, a variant spelling of Tebah; compare parallel text at
9When King Toi*18:9 As in parallel text at
11King David dedicated all these gifts to the Lord, along with the silver and gold he had taken from the other nations—from Edom, Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and Amalek.
12Abishai son of Zeruiah destroyed 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt. 13He placed army garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s subjects. In fact, the Lord made David victorious wherever he went.
14So David reigned over all Israel and did what was just and right for all his people.
15Joab son of Zeruiah was commander of the army. Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the royal historian.
16Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech*18:16a As in some Hebrew manuscripts, Syriac version, and Latin Vulgate (see also