1 Chronicles 18

David wins all his fights with his enemies

1 After some time, David had won all his fights with the Philistines. They became quiet and they did not fight him after that. He won Gath and the villages round it from the Philistines.

18:1The events in chapter 18 happened before the events in chapter 17. Also, the events in chapter 19 happened before the events in chapter 18.

2 David also fought the Moabites and he beat them. He ruled them and they had to bring gifts to him.

3 David also beat Hadadezer, king of Zobah. He won land as far as Hamath and he ruled the land up to the River Euphrates. 4 David took from Hadadezer 1,000 chariots, 7,000 men who drove them and 20,000 walking soldiers. David kept 100 horses for his chariots. But he hurt the other horses so that they could not walk well.

5 Men from Damascus in Syria came to help Hadadezer, the king of Zobah. And David killed 22,000 men from Syria. 6 David put some of his soldiers in Damascus in Syria to keep it for him. Then he ruled over the people in Syria and they had to bring gifts to him. The Lord helped David to win his fights everywhere that he went.

7 David took the gold shields that Hadadezer's soldiers carried. And he brought them to Jerusalem. 8 David also took a lot of bronze from Tibhath and Cun. Those towns had been Hadadezer's towns. Solomon used that bronze to make the big bowl in the temple. It seemed like a small sea. He also used that bronze to make pillars that held up the temple's roof. And he made the smaller bronze bowls out of that bronze too.

9 People told Tou, king of Hamath, that David had beaten the whole army of Hadadezer, king of Zobah. 10 Hadadezer had often fought against Tou. So Tou sent his son Hadoram to ask King David if he was well. And he wanted Hadoram to tell David that he had done well against Hadadezer. He also sent many kinds of things of gold, silver and bronze to David.

11 King David saved all those things for the Lord. He had done that with all the silver and gold that he had taken from other nations. Those nations were Edom, Moab, Ammon, Philistia and Amalek.

12 And Zeruiah's son Abishai killed 18,000 men from Edom in the Valley of Salt. 13 He put groups of soldiers in Edom. Then David ruled over all Edom. The Lord caused David to win all the fights that he had in every place.

David's officers

14 David ruled over all Israel. He did only things that were good and fair for all his people. 15 Zeruiah's son Joab was over the army. And Ahilud's son Jehoshaphat recorded the things that happened. 16 Ahitub's son Zadok and Abiathar's son Ahimelech were priests and Shavsha wrote things for the king. 17 Jehoiada's son Benaiah was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites. And David's sons were important officers who helped the king.