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2 Samuel 8 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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David’s Military Victories

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:1 - After this, David defeated and subdued the Philistines by conquering Gath, their largest town.[fn]

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:2 - David also conquered the land of Moab. He made the people lie down on the ground in a row, and he measured them off in groups with a length of rope. He measured off two groups to be executed for every one group to be spared. The Moabites who were spared became David’s subjects and paid him tribute money.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:3 - David also destroyed the forces of Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah, when Hadadezer marched out to strengthen his control along the Euphrates River.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:4 - David captured 1,000 chariots, 7,000 charioteers,[fn] and 20,000 foot soldiers. He crippled all the chariot horses except enough for 100 chariots.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:5 - When Arameans from Damascus arrived to help King Hadadezer, David killed 22,000 of them.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:6 - Then he placed several army garrisons in Damascus, the Aramean capital, and the Arameans became David’s subjects and paid him tribute money. So the LORD made David victorious wherever he went.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:7 - David brought the gold shields of Hadadezer’s officers to Jerusalem,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:8 - along with a large amount of bronze from Hadadezer’s towns of Tebah[fn] and Berothai.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:9 - When King Toi of Hamath heard that David had destroyed the entire army of Hadadezer,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:10 - he sent his son Joram to congratulate King David for his successful campaign. Hadadezer and Toi had been enemies and were often at war. Joram presented David with many gifts of silver, gold, and bronze.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:11 - King David dedicated all these gifts to the LORD, as he did with the silver and gold from the other nations he had defeated—

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:12 - from Edom,[fn] Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and Amalek—and from Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:13 - So David became even more famous when he returned from destroying 18,000 Edomites[fn] in the Valley of Salt.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:14 - He placed army garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s subjects. In fact, the LORD made David victorious wherever he went.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:15 - So David reigned over all Israel and did what was just and right for all his people.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:16 - Joab son of Zeruiah was commander of the army. Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the royal historian.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:17 - Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech son of Abiathar were the priests. Seraiah was the court secretary.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:18 - Benaiah son of Jehoiada was captain of the king’s bodyguard.[fn] And David’s sons served as priestly leaders.[fn]
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew by conquering Metheg-ammah, a name that means “the bridle,” possibly referring to the size of the town or the tribute money taken from it. Compare 1 Chr 18:1.
As in Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek version (see also 1 Chr 18:4); Masoretic Text reads captured 1,700 charioteers.
As in some Greek manuscripts (see also 1 Chr 18:8); Hebrew reads Betah.
As in a few Hebrew manuscripts and Greek and Syriac versions (see also 8:14; 1 Chr 18:11); most Hebrew manuscripts read Aram.
As in a few Hebrew manuscripts and Greek and Syriac versions (see also 8:14; 1 Chr 18:12); most Hebrew manuscripts read Arameans.
Hebrew of the Kerethites and Pelethites.
Hebrew David’s sons were priests; compare parallel text at 1 Chr 18:17.
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