1 Chronicles 14

David becomes famous

1 Huram was the king of Tyre. He sent men to David. Also, he sent some wood from cedar trees. And he sent some workers who could work with stone and with wood. They came to build a house for David. 2 Now David knew that the LORD had made him safe as king over Israel. The LORD had made David's kingdom great. The LORD did that to help his people, that is, Israel.

3 In Jerusalem, David married more wives. And he became the father of more sons and daughters. 4-7 These children were born in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Beeliada and Eliphelet.

David fights the Philistines

8 People told the Philistines that the Israelites had anointed David as king of all Israel. They all came to attack him. But people told David about it so he went out to fight them. 9 The Philistines had come. And they had attacked the people in the valley called Rephaim. 10 David asked God, ‘Should I attack the Philistines? Will you help me to beat them?’ The LORD answered him, ‘Yes, attack. I will help you to beat them.’

11 So David and his men went to the town called Baal-Perazim. There they won the fight against the Philistines. David said, ‘God has used me to stop my enemies. He attacked them, like a river that has too much water.’ So, they called that place Baal-Perazim. 12 The Philistines did not take their false gods when they left. David told his men what they should do. And so they burned those things.

13 Again at another time, the Philistines attacked the people in the valley. 14 David prayed to God again. This time God said, ‘Do not go by the straight way to attack them. Instead, go round them. Attack them near the trees called balsams. 15 Wait there until you hear a sound. You will hear that sound from the tops of the trees called balsams. It will be like the sound when soldiers march. Then attack because I will march in front of you. I will win the fight against the Philistine's army.’ 16 David obeyed God. So he and his men fought the army of the Philistines. And David's men killed Philistines all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.

14:16The trees called ‘balsams’ had a sweet smell.

17 So, David became famous in every country. And the LORD made the people in all the countries afraid of David.