1Later, David defeated the Philistines. The Philistine capital city had controlled a large area of land. David took control of that land. 2David also defeated the people of Moab. At that time he forced them to lie on the ground. Then he used a rope to separate them into rows. Two rows of men were killed, but the whole third row was allowed to live. In that way, the people of Moab became servants of David. They paid tribute to him. 3Hadadezer son of Rehob was king of Zobah. David defeated Hadadezer when David went to take control of the area near the Euphrates River. 4David took 1,700 horse soldiers and 20,000 foot soldiers from Hadadezer. David crippled all but 100 of the chariot horses. 5Arameans from Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah. But David defeated those 22,000 Arameans. 6Then David put groups of soldiers in Damascus, Aram. The Arameans became David’s servants and brought tribute. The Lord gave victory to David in every place he went. 7David took the gold shields that had belonged to Hadadezer’s servants. David took those shields and brought them to Jerusalem. 8David also took many, many things made of bronze from Tebah and Berothai. (Tebah and Berothai were cities that had belonged to Hadadezer.) 9Toi king of Hamath heard that David had defeated Hadadezer’s whole army. 10So Toi sent his son Joram to King David. Joram greeted David and blessed him because David had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him. (Hadadezer had fought wars against Toi before.) Joram brought things made of silver, gold, and bronze. 11David took these things and dedicated them to the Lord. He put them with the other things that he dedicated to the Lord. David had taken those things from the nations that he had defeated. 12David defeated Aram, Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and Amalek. David also defeated Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah. 13David defeated 18,000 Arameans in Salt Valley. He was famous when he came home. 14David put groups of soldiers in Edom. He put these groups of soldiers through all the land of Edom. All the people of Edom became servants of David. The Lord gave victory to David every place he went. 15David ruled over all of Israel. And David made good and fair decisions for all of his people. 16Joab son of Zeruiah was the captain over the army. Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the historian. 17Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech son of Abiathar were priests. Seraiah was secretary. 18Benaiah son of Jehoiada was in charge of the Kerethites and Pelethites. And David’s sons were important leaders.
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