Now the Philistinescame and spread themselves out in 1the valley of Rephaim.
Then 2Davidinquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall I go up against the Philistines ? Will You give them into my hand ?" And 3the LORDsaid to David, "Go up, for I will certainlygive the Philistines into your hand."
So Davidcame to 4Baal-perazim and adefeated them there ; and he said, "The LORD has brokenthrough my enemiesbefore me like the breakthrough of waters." Therefore he named that placebBaal-perazim.
They abandoned their idolsthere, so 5David and his mencarried them away.
Now 6the Philistinescame up onceagain and spread themselves out in the valley of Rephaim.
When 7Davidinquired of the LORD, He said, "You shall not go directly up; circlearoundbehind them and come at them in front of the cbalsamtrees.
"It shall be, when 8you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the dbalsamtrees, then you shall actpromptly, for then9the LORD will have gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines."
Then Daviddidso, just as the LORD had commanded him, and struckdown the Philistines from e10Gebafas far as 11Gezer.