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1 Chronicles 18 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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David’s Further Conquests
David Extends His Kingdom
(2 Sam. 8:1–14 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 18:1 - After this it came to pass that David attacked the Philistines, subdued them, and took Gath and its towns from the hand of the Philistines.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 18:2 - Then he defeated Moab, and the Moabites became David’s servants, and brought tribute.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 18:3 - And David defeated Hadadezer[fn] king of Zobah as far as Hamath, as he went to establish his power by the River Euphrates.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 18:4 - David took from him one thousand chariots, seven thousand[fn] horsemen, and twenty thousand foot soldiers. Also David hamstrung all the chariot horses, except that he spared enough of them for one hundred chariots.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 18:5 - When the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David killed twenty-two thousand of the Syrians.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 18:6 - Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became David’s servants, and brought tribute. So the LORD preserved David wherever he went.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 18:7 - And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 18:8 - Also from Tibhath[fn] and from Chun, cities of Hadadezer, David brought a large amount of bronze, with which Solomon made the bronze Sea, the pillars, and the articles of bronze.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 18:9 - Now when Tou[fn] king of Hamath heard that David had defeated all the army of Hadadezer king of Zobah,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 18:10 - he sent Hadoram[fn] his son to King David, to greet him and bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him (for Hadadezer had been at war with Tou); and Hadoram brought with him all kinds of articles of gold, silver, and bronze.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 18:11 - King David also dedicated these to the LORD, along with the silver and gold that he had brought from all these nations—from Edom, from Moab, from the people of Ammon, from the Philistines, and from Amalek.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 18:12 - Moreover Abishai the son of Zeruiah killed eighteen thousand Edomites[fn] in the Valley of Salt.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 18:13 - He also put garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s servants. And the LORD preserved David wherever he went.
David’s Administration
(2 Sam. 8:15–18 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 18:14 - So David reigned over all Israel, and administered judgment and justice to all his people.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 18:15 - Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 18:16 - Zadok the son of Ahitub and Abimelech the son of Abiathar were the priests; Shavsha[fn] was the scribe;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 18:17 - Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David’s sons were chief ministers at the king’s side.
NKJV Footnotes
Hebrew Hadarezer, and so throughout chapters 18 and 19
Or seven hundred (compare 2 Samuel 8:4)
Spelled Betah in 2 Samuel 8:8
Spelled Toi in 2 Samuel 8:9, 10
Spelled Joram in 2 Samuel 8:10
Or Syrians (compare 2 Samuel 8:13)
Spelled Seraiah in 2 Samuel 8:17

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