2 Samuel 8

God gave David victory wherever he went
8:1-18

8:1 And after this it came to pass that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them: and David took Methegammah out of the hand of the Philistines.

David smote the Philistines (again) and subdued them.

8:2 And he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down to the ground; even with two lines measured he to put to death, and with one full line to keep alive. And so the Moabites became David's servants, and brought gifts.

He also smote Moab, dividing them into two groups: two-thirds he killed, the rest he enslaved.

DWB: 79. David killed two thirds of the Moabite POWs and enslaved the rest

8:3 David smote also Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his border at the river Euphrates.

8:4 And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and David houghed all the chariot horses, but reserved of them for an hundred chariots.

And David smote Hadadezer, the king of Zobah, mulilating the horses and killing 22,000 men.

David took 700 horsemen. Or was it 7000?
How many horsemen did David take?

8:5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succour Hadadezer king of Zobah, David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men.

8:6 Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus: and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought gifts. And the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.

God gave David victory wherever he went.

8:7 And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.

8:8 And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king David took exceeding much brass.

David took the golden shields of Hadadezer's soldiers and "exceeding much brass" from the conquered cities.

8:9 When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had smitten all the host of Hadadezer,

8:10 Then Toi sent Joram his son unto king David, to salute him, and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer, and smitten him: for Hadadezer had wars with Toi. And Joram brought with him vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and vessels of brass:

8:11 Which also king David did dedicate unto the LORD, with the silver and gold that he had dedicated of all nations which he subdued;

When Toi, the king of Hamath, heard what David did to Hadadezer, he sent him silver, gold, and brass, which David accepted and dedicated to God.

8:12 Of Syria, and of Moab, and of the children of Ammon, and of the Philistines, and of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

David also got "the spoil" from Syria, Moab, Ammon, the Philistines, Amalekites, and Zobah.

8:13 And David gat him a name when he returned from smiting of the Syrians in the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand men.

But David really made a name for himself when he killed 18,000 Syrians at the valley of salt.

DWB: 81. David killed every male in Edom

8:14 And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put he garrisons, and all they of Edom became David's servants. And the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.

8:15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice unto all his people.

8:16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder;

God gave David victory wherever he went.

8:17 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were the priests; and Seraiah was the scribe;

8:18 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief rulers.

Ahimelech the son of Abiathar

Was Abiathar the father or the son of Ahimelech?