2 Samuel 8

After this, Dawud struck the Philistines and subdued them: and Dawud took control of the chief city of the Philistines. 2He struck Moab, and measured them off with a line, making them to lie down on the ground; and he measured two lines to be put to death, and one full line to keep alive. The Moabites became servants to Dawud, and brought tribute. 3Dawud struck also Hadadezer Ibn Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to restore his control along the River. 4Dawud took from him one thousand seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and Dawud hamstrung all the chariot horses, but reserved enough of them for one hundred chariots. 5When the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, Dawud struck down twenty-two thousand of the Syrians. 6Then Dawud put garrisons in the Syrian kingdom of Damascus; and the Syrians became servants to Dawud, and brought tribute. Allah gave victory to Dawud wherever he went. 7Dawud took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem. 8From Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king Dawud took a great quantity of bronze. 9When Toi king of Hamath heard that Dawud had defeated all the army of Hadadezer, 10then Toi sent Joram his son to king Dawud, to greet him, and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him: for Hadadezer had wars with Toi. Joram brought with him vessels of silver, gold, and bronze: 11KingDawud also dedicated these to Allah, with the silver and gold that he dedicated from all the nations which he subdued; 12of Syria, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines, Amalek, and of the spoil of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah. 13Dawud became famous after he returned from striking down eighteen thousand Syrians in the Valley of Salt. 14He put garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became servants to Dawud. Allah gave victory to Dawud wherever he went. 15Dawud reigned over all Israel; and Dawud executed justice and righteousness to all his people. 16Joab Ibn Zeruiah was over the army; and Jehoshaphat Ibn Ahilud was recorder; 17and Zadok Ibn Ahitub, and Ahimelech Ibn Abiathar, were priests; and Seraiah was scribe; 18and Benaiah Ibn Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and Dawud’s sons were chief ministers.


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