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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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1 Chronicles 14:1-17

14  And King Hiram of Tyre sent envoys to David, and cedar timber and masons and carpenters to build him a house. 2  And David knew that Jehovah had established him as king over Israel because his empire was exalted on high for the sake of his people Israel. 3  And David took more wives at Jerusalem; and David begot more children. 4  And these are the names of the sons he had at Jerusalem: Shammuaʽ and Shobab, Nathan and Solomon 5  and Ibhar and Elishuaʽ and Elphelet 6  and Nogah and Nepheg and Japhiaʽ 7  and Elishamaʽ and Beʽeljadaʽ and Eliphelet. 8  And the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel; 9  and all the Philistines came up to look for David; 10  and David heard of it and went out before them. And the Philistines had come and spread out in Ghost Hollow; and David put the question to God “Shall I go up against the Philistines, and will you give them into my hands?” and Jehovah said to him “Go up, and I will give them into your hands.” 11  And they went up at Baal-Perasim, and David defeated them there; and David said “God has burst my enemies by my hands like a bursting dam”; hence the place is named Baal-Perasim, “Baal of bursts.” 12  And they left their gods there, and by David’s orders they were burned up. 13  And again the Philistines spread out in the vale, 14*  and David again questioned God, and God said to him “Do not go up behind them; make a circuit away from them and come to them opposite the pear-trees, 15  so that when you hear the sound of stepping in the tops of the pear-trees, then you may come out with an attack because God has gone out before you to strike down the Philistine army.” 16  And David did as God ordered, and they routed the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer. 17  And David’s fame went out through all countries, and Jehovah put the dread of him upon all nations.


14:14, 15 (pear-trees) Unc.