2 Samuel 8
1 After this it came to pass that David struck the Philistines and subdued them. And
David took control of the mother city from the hand of the Philistines.
2 And he struck Moab, made them lie down on the ground, and measured them off with a
line. With two lines he measured off those to be put to death, and with one full line those
to be kept alive. Thus the Moabites became David's servants, and brought tribute.
3 David also struck Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to restore his
hand at the River Euphrates.
4 And David captured seventeen hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand foot soldiers.
David also hamstrung all the chariot horses, except that he spared enough of them for one
5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David
killed twenty-two thousand men of Syria.
6 And David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became David's
servants, and brought tribute. And Jehovah gave victory to David wherever he went.
7 And David took the shields of gold that had belonged to the servants of Hadadezer, and
brought them to Jerusalem.
8 Also from Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, King David took a large
amount of bronze.
9 When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had struck down all the army of
10 then Toi sent Joram his son to King David, to ask after his peace and bless him,
because he had fought against Hadadezer and struck him (for Hadadezer had been at war
with Toi); and Joram brought in his hand articles of silver, articles of gold, and articles of
11 King David also consecrated these to Jehovah, along with the silver and gold that he
had consecrated from all the nations which he had subdued;
12 from Syria, from Moab, from the children of Ammon, from the Philistines, from
Amalek, and from the spoils of Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
13 And David made a name for himself when he returned from killing eighteen thousand
Syrians in the Valley of Salt.
14 He also put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom he put garrisons, and all the
Edomites became David's servants. And Jehovah gave victory to David wherever he went.
15 Thus David reigned over all Israel; and David was executing justice and righteousness
to all his people.
16 Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was
17 Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were the priests; Seraiah
was the scribe;
18 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and
David's sons were chief ministers.