Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus
Which was Coele-Syria, and lay between Libanus and Antilibanus, the chief city of which was Damascus; which Curtius F17 calls Damascus of Syria, being the head of it, ( Isaiah 7:8 ) ; in the principal places of which he put garrisons of soldiers to keep the country in subjection to him; or he put commanders or governors, as the Targum, in the, chief cities, and so Ben Gersom and R. Isaiah interpret it:
and the Syrians became servants to David, [and] brought gifts;
or paid him tribute by way of homage, acknowledging themselves his subjects:
and the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went;
he covered his head in the day of battle, and saved him from the hurtful sword.