||Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we are thy
bone and thy flesh.
||And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, thou wast he that leddest out and
broughtest in Israel: and the LORD thy God said unto thee, Thou shalt feed my people
Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over my people Israel.
||Therefore came all the elders of Israel to the king to Hebron; and David made a
covenant with them in Hebron before the LORD; and they anointed David king over Israel,
according to the word of the LORD by Samuel.
||And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus; where the Jebusites were,
the inhabitants of the land.
||And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come hither. Nevertheless
David took the castle of Zion, which is the city of David.
||And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. So
Joab the son of Zeruiah went first up, and was chief.
||And David dwelt in the castle; therefore they called it the city of David.
||And he built the city round about, even from Millo round about: and Joab repaired the
rest of the city.
||So David waxed greater and greater: for the LORD of hosts was with him.
||These also are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves
with him in his kingdom, and with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of
the LORD concerning Israel.
||And this is the number of the mighty men whom David had; Jashobeam, an Hachmonite, the
chief of the captains: he lifted up his spear against three hundred slain by him at one
||And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three
||He was with David at Pasdammim, and there the Philistines were gathered together to
battle, where was a parcel of ground full of barley; and the people fled from before the
||And they set themselves in the midst of that parcel, and delivered it, and slew the
Philistines; and the LORD saved them by a great deliverance.
||Now three of the thirty captains went down to the rock to David, into the cave of
Adullam; and the host of the Philistines encamped in the valley of Rephaim.
||And David was then in the hold, and the Philistines' garrison was then at Bethlehem.
||And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well
of Bethlehem, that is at the gate!
||And the three brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the
well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but David
would not drink of it, but poured it out to the LORD.
||And said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this thing: shall I drink the blood of
these men that have put their lives in jeopardy? for with the jeopardy of their lives they
brought it. Therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mightiest.
||And Abishai the brother of Joab, he was chief of the three: for lifting up his spear
against three hundred, he slew them, and had a name among the three.
||Of the three, he was more honourable than the two; for he was their captain: howbeit
he attained not to the first three.
||Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done many
acts; he slew two lionlike men of Moab: also he went down and slew a lion in a pit in a
||And he slew an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits high; and in the
Egyptian's hand was a spear like a weaver's beam; and he went down to him with a staff,
and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew him with his own spear.
||These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among the three
||Behold, he was honourable among the thirty, but attained not to the first three: and
David set him over his guard.
||Also the valiant men of the armies were, Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son
of Dodo of Bethlehem,
||Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite,
||Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Antothite,
||Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,
||Maharai the Netophathite, Heled the son of Baanah the Netophathite,
||Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah, that pertained to the children of Benjamin, Benaiah
||Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,
||Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite,
||The sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shage the Hararite,
||Ahiam the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur,
||Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,
||Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai the son of Ezbai,
||Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Haggeri,
||Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armourbearer of Joab the son of
||Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,
||Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai,
||Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a captain of the Reubenites, and thirty with
||Hanan the son of Maachah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite,
||Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jehiel the sons of Hothan the Aroerite,
||Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite,
||Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the
||Eliel, and Obed, and Jasiel the Mesobaite.
||Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept himself close
because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war.
||They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling
stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul's brethren of Benjamin.
||The chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; and Jeziel, and
Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth; and Berachah, and Jehu the Antothite.
||And Ismaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty, and over the thirty; and
Jeremiah, and Jahaziel, and Johanan, and Josabad the Gederathite,
||Eluzai, and Jerimoth, and Bealiah, and Shemariah, and Shephatiah the Haruphite,
||Elkanah, and Jesiah, and Azareel, and Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korhites,
||And Joelah, and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.
||And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the
wilderness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and
buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes upon the
||Ezer the first, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third,
||Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth,
||Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh,
||Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth,
||Jeremiah the tenth, Machbanai the eleventh.
||These were of the sons of Gad, captains of the host: one of the least was over an
hundred, and the greatest over a thousand.
||These are they that went over Jordan in the first month, when it had overflown all his
banks; and they put to flight all them of the valleys, both toward the east, and toward
||And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah to the hold unto David.
||And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come
peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you: but if ye be come to
betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers
look thereon, and rebuke it.
||Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine
are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be
to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them
captains of the band.
||And there fell some of Manasseh to David, when he came with the Philistines against
Saul to battle: but they helped them not: for the lords of the Philistines upon advisement
sent him away, saying, He will fall to his master Saul to the jeopardy of our heads.
||As he went to Ziklag, there fell to him of Manasseh, Adnah, and Jozabad, and Jediael,
and Michael, and Jozabad, and Elihu, and Zilthai, captains of the thousands that were of
||And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of
valour, and were captains in the host.
||For at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great
host, like the host of God.
||And these are the numbers of the bands that were ready armed to the war, and came to
David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the LORD.
||The children of Judah that bare shield and spear were six thousand and eight hundred,
ready armed to the war.
||Of the children of Simeon, mighty men of valour for the war, seven thousand and one
||Of the children of Levi four thousand and six hundred.
||And Jehoiada was the leader of the Aaronites, and with him were three thousand and
||And Zadok, a young man mighty of valour, and of his father's house twenty and two
||And of the children of Benjamin, the kindred of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the
greatest part of them had kept the ward of the house of Saul.
||And of the children of Ephraim twenty thousand and eight hundred, mighty men of
valour, famous throughout the house of their fathers.
||And of the half tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, which were expressed by name, to
come and make David king.
||And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times,
to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their
brethren were at their commandment.
||Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war,
fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.
||And of Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them with shield and spear thirty and
||And of the Danites expert in war twenty and eight thousand and six hundred.
||And of Asher, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, forty thousand.
||And on the other side of Jordan, of the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and of the half
tribe of Manasseh, with all manner of instruments of war for the battle, an hundred and
||All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to
make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make
||And there they were with David three days, eating and drinking: for their brethren had
prepared for them.
||Moreover they that were nigh them, even unto Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali,
brought bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, and meat, meal, cakes of
figs, and bunches of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep abundantly: for there
was joy in Israel.
||And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every
||And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto you, and that
it be of the LORD our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left
in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the priests and Levites which are in
their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us:
||And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days
||And all the congregation said that they would do so: for the thing was right in the
eyes of all the people.
||So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt even unto the entering of
Hemath, to bring the ark of God from Kirjathjearim.
||And David went up, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kirjathjearim, which
belonged to Judah, to bring up thence the ark of God the LORD, that dwelleth between the
cherubims, whose name is called on it.
||And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza
and Ahio drave the cart.
||And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and
with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.
||And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold
the ark; for the oxen stumbled.
||And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put
his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.
||And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzza: wherefore that
place is called Perezuzza to this day.
||And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to
||So David brought not the ark home to himself to the city of David, but carried it
aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.
||And the ark of God remained with the family of Obededom in his house three months. And
the LORD blessed the house of Obededom, and all that he had.
||Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and timber of cedars, with masons and
carpenters, to build him an house.
||And David perceived that the LORD had confirmed him king over Israel, for his kingdom
was lifted up on high, because of his people Israel.
||And David took more wives at Jerusalem: and David begat more sons and daughters.
||Now these are the names of his children which he had in Jerusalem; Shammua, and
Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon,
||And Ibhar, and Elishua, and Elpalet,
||And Nogah, and Nepheg, and Japhia,
||And Elishama, and Beeliada, and Eliphalet.
||And when the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over all Israel, all the
Philistines went up to seek David. And David heard of it, and went out against them.
||And the Philistines came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.
||And David enquired of God, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? And wilt
thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto him, Go up; for I will deliver
them into thine hand.
||So they came up to Baalperazim; and David smote them there. Then David said, God hath
broken in upon mine enemies by mine hand like the breaking forth of waters: therefore they
called the name of that place Baalperazim.
||And when they had left their gods there, David gave a commandment, and they were
burned with fire.
||And the Philistines yet again spread themselves abroad in the valley.
||Therefore David enquired again of God; and God said unto him, Go not up after them;
turn away from them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.
||And it shall be, when thou shalt hear a sound of going in the tops of the mulberry
trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite
the host of the Philistines.
||David therefore did as God commanded him: and they smote the host of the Philistines
from Gibeon even to Gazer.
||And the fame of David went out into all lands; and the LORD brought the fear of him
upon all nations.
||And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the ark of
God, and pitched for it a tent.
||Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the
LORD chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever.
||And David gathered all Israel together to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the LORD
unto his place, which he had prepared for it.
||And David assembled the children of Aaron, and the Levites:
||Of the sons of Kohath; Uriel the chief, and his brethren an hundred and twenty:
||Of the sons of Merari; Asaiah the chief, and his brethren two hundred and twenty:
||Of the sons of Gershom; Joel the chief and his brethren an hundred and thirty:
||Of the sons of Elizaphan; Shemaiah the chief, and his brethren two hundred:
||Of the sons of Hebron; Eliel the chief, and his brethren fourscore:
||Of the sons of Uzziel; Amminadab the chief, and his brethren an hundred and twelve.
||And David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel,
Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Amminadab,
||And said unto them, Ye are the chief of the fathers of the Levites: sanctify
yourselves, both ye and your brethren, that ye may bring up the ark of the LORD God of
Israel unto the place that I have prepared for it.
||For because ye did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us, for
that we sought him not after the due order.
||So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the LORD
God of Israel.
||And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders with the
staves thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of the LORD.
||And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the
singers with instruments of musick, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting
up the voice with joy.
||So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his brethren, Asaph the son of
Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari their brethren, Ethan the son of Kushaiah;
||And with them their brethren of the second degree, Zechariah, Ben, and Jaaziel, and
Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, Eliab, and Benaiah, and Maaseiah, and Mattithiah, and
Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obededom, and Jeiel, the porters.
||So the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were appointed to sound with cymbals of
||And Zechariah, and Aziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and
Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with psalteries on Alamoth;
||And Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obededom, and Jeiel, and Azaziah,
with harps on the Sheminith to excel.
||And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was for song: he instructed about the song,
because he was skilful.
||And Berechiah and Elkanah were doorkeepers for the ark.
||And Shebaniah, and Jehoshaphat, and Nethaneel, and Amasai, and Zechariah, and Benaiah,
and Eliezer, the priests, did blow with the trumpets before the ark of God: and Obededom
and Jehiah were doorkeepers for the ark.
||So David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went to bring up
the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the house of Obededom with joy.
||And it came to pass, when God helped the Levites that bare the ark of the covenant of
the LORD, that they offered seven bullocks and seven rams.
||And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites that bare the
ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah the master of the song with the singers: David also
had upon him an ephod of linen.
||Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with
sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries
||And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David,
that Michal, the daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David dancing and
playing: and she despised him in her heart.
||So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tent that David had
pitched for it: and they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before God.
||And when David had made an end of offering the burnt offerings and the peace
offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD.
||And he dealt to every one of Israel, both man and woman, to every one a loaf of bread,
and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine.
||And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, and to
record, and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel:
||Asaph the chief, and next to him Zechariah, Jeiel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and
Mattithiah, and Eliab, and Benaiah, and Obededom: and Jeiel with psalteries and with
harps; but Asaph made a sound with cymbals;
||Benaiah also and Jahaziel the priests with trumpets continually before the ark of the
covenant of God.
||Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the LORD into the hand of
Asaph and his brethren.
||Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
||Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.
||Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
||Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
||Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his
||O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
||He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
||Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand
||Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac;
||And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting
||Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance;
||When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it.
||And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people;
||He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes,
||Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
||Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.
||Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.
||For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all
||For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
||Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.
||Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
||Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before
him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
||Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.
||Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations,
The LORD reigneth.
||Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is
||Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he
cometh to judge the earth.
||O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
||And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us
from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.
||Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen,
and praised the LORD.
||So he left there before the ark of the covenant of the LORD Asaph and his brethren, to
minister before the ark continually, as every day's work required:
||And Obededom with their brethren, threescore and eight; Obededom also the son of
Jeduthun and Hosah to be porters:
||And Zadok the priest, and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of the LORD
in the high place that was at Gibeon,
||To offer burnt offerings unto the LORD upon the altar of the burnt offering
continually morning and evening, and to do according to all that is written in the law of
the LORD, which he commanded Israel;
||And with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest that were chosen, who were expressed by
name, to give thanks to the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever;
||And with them Heman and Jeduthun with trumpets and cymbals for those that should make
a sound, and with musical instruments of God. And the sons of Jeduthun were porters.
||And all the people departed every man to his house: and David returned to bless his
||Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet,
Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD remaineth under
||Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee.
||And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying,
||Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not build me an house to
||For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day;
but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another.
||Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the judges of
Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye not built me an house of
||Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts,
I took thee from the sheepcote, even from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be
ruler over my people Israel:
||And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut off all thine
enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name like the name of the great men that
are in the earth.
||Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall
dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness
waste them any more, as at the beginning,
||And since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. Moreover I
will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an
||And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy
fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will
establish his kingdom.
||He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever.
||I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from
him, as I took it from him that was before thee:
||But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall
be established for evermore.
||According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak
||And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, Who am I, O LORD God, and
what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
||And yet this was a small thing in thine eyes, O God; for thou hast also spoken of thy
servant's house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of
a man of high degree, O LORD God.
||What can David speak more to thee for the honour of thy servant? for thou knowest thy
||O LORD, for thy servant's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all
this greatness, in making known all these great things.
||O LORD, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to
all that we have heard with our ears.
||And what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to
be his own people, to make thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out
nations from before thy people whom thou hast redeemed out of Egypt?
||For thy people Israel didst thou make thine own people for ever; and thou, LORD,
becamest their God.
||Therefore now, LORD, let the thing that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and
concerning his house be established for ever, and do as thou hast said.
||Let it even be established, that thy name may be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD
of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel: and let the house of David thy
servant be established before thee.
||For thou, O my God, hast told thy servant that thou wilt build him an house: therefore
thy servant hath found in his heart to pray before thee.
||And now, LORD, thou art God, and hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:
||Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may be
before thee for ever: for thou blessest, O LORD, and it shall be blessed for ever.
||Now after this it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them,
and took Gath and her towns out of the hand of the Philistines.
||And he smote Moab; and the Moabites became David's servants, and brought gifts.
||And David smote Hadarezer king of Zobah unto Hamath, as he went to stablish his
dominion by the river Euphrates.
||And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven thousand horsemen, and twenty
thousand footmen: David also houghed all the chariot horses, but reserved of them an
||And when the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadarezer king of Zobah, David slew of
the Syrians two and twenty thousand men.
||Then David put garrisons in Syriadamascus; and the Syrians became David's servants,
and brought gifts. Thus the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.
||And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadarezer, and brought
them to Jerusalem.
||Likewise from Tibhath, and from Chun, cities of Hadarezer, brought David very much
brass, wherewith Solomon made the brasen sea, and the pillars, and the vessels of brass.
||Now when Tou king of Hamath heard how David had smitten all the host of Hadarezer king
||He sent Hadoram his son to king David, to enquire of his welfare, and to congratulate
him, because he had fought against Hadarezer, and smitten him; (for Hadarezer had war with
Tou;) and with him all manner of vessels of gold and silver and brass.
||Them also king David dedicated unto the LORD, with the silver and the gold that he
brought from all these nations; from Edom, and from Moab, and from the children of Ammon,
and from the Philistines, and from Amalek.
||Moreover Abishai the son of Zeruiah slew of the Edomites in the valley of salt
||And he put garrisons in Edom; and all the Edomites became David's servants. Thus the
LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.
||So David reigned over all Israel, and executed judgment and justice among all his
||And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud,
||And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Abimelech the son of Abiathar, were the priests; and
Shavsha was scribe;
||And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and the
sons of David were chief about the king.
||Now it came to pass after this, that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon died,
and his son reigned in his stead.
||And David said, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, because his father
shewed kindness to me. And David sent messengers to comfort him concerning his father. So
the servants of David came into the land of the children of Ammon to Hanun, to comfort
||But the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun, Thinkest thou that David doth
honour thy father, that he hath sent comforters unto thee? are not his servants come unto
thee for to search, and to overthrow, and to spy out the land?
||Wherefore Hanun took David's servants, and shaved them, and cut off their garments in
the midst hard by their buttocks, and sent them away.
||Then there went certain, and told David how the men were served. And he sent to meet
them: for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your
beards be grown, and then return.
||And when the children of Ammon saw that they had made themselves odious to David,
Hanun and the children of Ammon sent a thousand talents of silver to hire them chariots
and horsemen out of Mesopotamia, and out of Syriamaachah, and out of Zobah.
||So they hired thirty and two thousand chariots, and the king of Maachah and his
people; who came and pitched before Medeba. And the children of Ammon gathered themselves
together from their cities, and came to battle.
||And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty men.
||And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array before the gate of the
city: and the kings that were come were by themselves in the field.
||Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him before and behind, he chose out
of all the choice of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians.
||And the rest of the people he delivered unto the hand of Abishai his brother, and they
set themselves in array against the children of Ammon.
||And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then thou shalt help me: but if the
children of Ammon be too strong for thee, then I will help thee.
||Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the
cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in his sight.
||So Joab and the people that were with him drew nigh before the Syrians unto the
battle; and they fled before him.
||And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled, they likewise fled
before Abishai his brother, and entered into the city. Then Joab came to Jerusalem.
||And when the Syrians saw that they were put to the worse before Israel, they sent
messengers, and drew forth the Syrians that were beyond the river: and Shophach the
captain of the host of Hadarezer went before them.
||And it was told David; and he gathered all Israel, and passed over Jordan, and came
upon them, and set the battle in array against them. So when David had put the battle in
array against the Syrians, they fought with him.
||But the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew of the Syrians seven thousand men
which fought in chariots, and forty thousand footmen, and killed Shophach the captain of
||And when the servants of Hadarezer saw that they were put to the worse before Israel,
they made peace with David, and became his servants: neither would the Syrians help the
children of Ammon any more.