18 And after this David defeated the Philistines and humbled them, and took Gath and its dependencies out of the Philistines’ hands. 2 And he defeated the Moabites, and the Moabites became subject to David as tributaries. 3 * And David defeated King Hadarʽezer of Sobah at Hamath, when he went to set up his power by the river Euphrates; 4 and David took from him a thousand chariots and seven thousand horsemen and ten thousand footmen, and hamstrung all the chariot ponies, leaving a hundred teams. 5 And the Syrians of Damascus came to help King Hadarʽezer of Sobah; and David killed twenty-two thousand men of the Syrians. 6 * And David set up prefects in Damascene Syria, and the Syrians became tributary subjects of David; and Jehovah made David victorious wherever he went. 7 * And David took the golden bucklers that were on Hadarʽezer’s officers, and brought them to Jerusalem. 8 And from Tibhath and from Cun, Hadarʽezer’s cities, David took very much bronze; with it Solomon made the bronze sea and the pillars and the bronze vessels. 9 And King Toghu of Hamath heard that David had defeated all the forces of King Hadarʽezer of Sobah, 10 and he sent his son Hadoram to King David to ask how he was doing and to bless him for having fought and beaten Hadarʽezer (for Hadarʽezer was a standing enemy of Toghu), and all sorts of articles of silver and gold and bronze; 11 these too King David dedicated to Jehovah, with the silver and gold that he had carried away from all the nations, Edom and Moab and the ʽBene-Ammon and the Philistines and the ʽAmalekites. 12 * And when he came back he defeated the Edomites in Salt Valley, killing eighteen thousand; 13 and he set up prefects in Edom, and all the Edomites became subjects of David; and Jehovah made David victorious wherever he went. 14 And David reigned over all Israel, and did justice and equity for all his people. 15 And Joab the son of Serujah was over the army, and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was private secretary, 16 and Sadok the son of Ahitub and Abimelec the son of Abiathar were priests, and Shausha was secretary for documents, 17 and Benajah the son of Jehojadaʽ was over the Cretans and the Pletans, and David’s first sons were at the king’s side.
^ 18:3 (to set up his power) Unc.
^ 18:6, 13 Or set up posts
^ 18:7 (bucklers) Unc.
^ 18:12 Codd. And Abshai the son of Serujah defeated