In the course of time, David defeated the Philistines1 and subdued2 them, and he took Metheg Ammah from the control of the Philistines.
David also defeated the Moabites.3 He made them lie down on the ground and measured them off with a length of cord. Every two lengths of them were put to death, and the third length was allowed to live. So the Moabites became subject to David and brought tribute.43
Moreover, David fought Hadadezer5 son of Rehob, king of Zobah,6 when he went to restore his control along the Euphrates7 River.
David captured a thousand of his chariots, seven thousand charioteersa and twenty thousand foot soldiers. He hamstrung8 all but a hundred of the chariot horses.
When the Arameans of Damascus9 came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck down twenty-two thousand of them.
He put garrisons10 in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, and the Arameans became subject11 to him and brought tribute. The LORD gave David victory wherever he went.127
David took the gold shields13 that belonged to the officers of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.
From Tebahb and Berothai,14 towns that belonged to Hadadezer, King David took a great quantity of bronze.
When Touc king of Hamath15 heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer,1610
he sent his son Joramd to King David to greet him and congratulate him on his victory in battle over Hadadezer, who had been at war with Tou. Joram brought with him articles of silver and gold and bronze.
King David dedicated17 these articles to the LORD, as he had done with the silver and gold from all the nations he had subdued:
Edome18 and Moab,19 the Ammonites20 and the Philistines,21 and Amalek.22 He also dedicated the plunder taken from Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
And David became famous23 after he returned from striking down eighteen thousand Edomitesf in the Valley of Salt.2414
He put garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites25 became subject to David.26 The LORD gave David victory27 wherever he went.28
David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right29 for all his people.
Joab30 son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphat31 son of Ahilud was recorder;3217
Zadok33 son of Ahitub and Ahimelech son of Abiathar34 were priests; Seraiah was secretary;3518
Benaiah36 son of Jehoiada was over the Kerethites37 and Pelethites; and David's sons were royal advisers.g