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2 Samuel 8:1–18

David’s Victories

8:1–14pp—1Ch 18:1–13

8 In the course of time, David defeated the Philistinesv and subduedw them, and he took Metheg Ammah from the control of the Philistines.

David also defeated the Moabites.x 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 him tribute.y

Moreover, David defeated Hadadezerz son of Rehob, king of Zobah,a when he went to restore his monument ata the Euphratesb River. David captured a thousand of his chariots, seven thousand charioteersb and twenty thousand foot soldiers. He hamstrungc all but a hundred of the chariot horses.

When the Arameans of Damascusd came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck down twenty-two thousand of them. He put garrisonse in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, and the Arameans became subjectf to him and brought tribute. The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.g

David took the gold shieldsh that belonged to the officers of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. From Tebahc and Berothai,i towns that belonged to Hadadezer, King David took a great quantity of bronze.

When Toud king of Hamathj heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer,k 10 he sent his son Jorame 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.

11 King David dedicatedl these articles to the Lord, as he had done with the silver and gold from all the nations he had subdued: 12 Edomf m and Moab,n the Ammoniteso and the Philistines,p and Amalek.q He also dedicated the plunder taken from Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

13 And David became famousr after he returned from striking down eighteen thousand Edomitesg in the Valley of Salt.s

14 He put garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomitest became subject to David.u The Lord gave David victoryv wherever he went.w

David’s Officials

8:15–18pp—1Ch 18:14–17

15 David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and rightx for all his people. 16 Joaby son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphatz son of Ahilud was recorder;a 17 Zadokb son of Ahitub and Ahimelek son of Abiatharc were priests; Seraiah was secretary;d 18 Benaiahe son of Jehoiada was over the Kerethitesf and Pelethites; and David’s sons were priests.h

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Septuagint (see also Dead Sea Scrolls and 1 Chron. 18:4); Masoretic Text captured seventeen hundred of his charioteers

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See some Septuagint manuscripts (see also 1 Chron. 18:8); Hebrew Betah.

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Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac (see also 1 Chron. 18:11); most Hebrew manuscripts Aram

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A few Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac (see also 1 Chron. 18:12); most Hebrew manuscripts Aram (that is, Arameans)

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2 Samuel 9:1–13

David and Mephibosheth

9 David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”g

Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba.h They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?”

“At your service,” he replied.

The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”

Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan;i he is lamej in both feet.”

“Where is he?” the king asked.

Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makirk son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.”

So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.

When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor.l

David said, “Mephibosheth!”

“At your service,” he replied.

“Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan.m I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.n

Mephiboshetho bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dogp like me?”

Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s steward, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. 10 You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandsonq may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.” (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)

11 Then Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do whatever my lord the king commands his servant to do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’sa table like one of the king’s sons.r

12 Mephibosheth had a young son named Mika, and all the members of Ziba’s household were servants of Mephibosheth.s 13 And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet.

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