2 Samuel 8:8

8 From Tebah[a] and Berothai, towns that belonged to Hadadezer, King David took a great quantity of bronze.

2 Samuel 8:8 in Other Translations

8 And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king David took exceeding much brass.
8 And from Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, King David took very much bronze.
8 along with a large amount of bronze from Hadadezer’s towns of Tebah and Berothai.
8 He also looted a great quantity of bronze from Tebah and Berothai, cities of Hadadezer.
8 King David also took huge quantities of bronze from Betah and Berothai, Hadadezer's cities.

2 Samuel 8:8 Meaning and Commentary

2 Samuel 8:8

And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer
Which, in ( 1 Chronicles 18:8 ) , are called Tibhath and Chun, they having different names; or their names might be changed upon this conquest of them, and the one might be the names they went by with the Syrians, and the other the Israelites called them by; the latter is the same with Berothah in ( Ezekiel 47:16 ) ; and the Barathena of Ptolemy F19, placed by him near Mesopotamia; in the Arabic version of ( 1 Chronicles 18:8 ) , they are called Emesa and Baalbec, the former was a city of Coele-Syria, the latter was at the foot of Mount Lebanon; (See Gill on Amos 1:5);

King David took exceeding much brass;
whereby he was furnished and able to give the large quantity he did for the service of the temple, ( 1 Chronicles 29:7 ) . The Septuagint version adds here what is expressed in ( 1 Chronicles 18:8 ) ,

``wherewith Solomon made the brazen sea, and the pillars, and the layers, and all the vessels.''


F19 Geograph. l. 5. c. 19.

2 Samuel 8:8 In-Context

6 He put garrisons in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, and the Arameans became subject to him and brought tribute. The LORD gave David victory wherever he went.
7 David took the gold shields that belonged to the officers of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.
8 From Tebah and Berothai, towns that belonged to Hadadezer, King David took a great quantity of bronze.
9 When Tou king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer,
10 he sent his son Joram 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, of gold and of bronze.

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  • [a]. See some Septuagint manuscripts (see also 1 Chron. 18:8); Hebrew "Betah" .
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