1Sometime after this, David attacked and subdued the Philistines, taking Metheg-ammah from the them.
2David also defeated the Moabites. He made them lie down on the ground, and he measured them with a length of cord. He measured two lengths for those to be killed, and one cord length for those to be allowed to live. So he made them subject to him and required them to pay taxes.
3David also defeated Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he tried to enforce his control along the Euphrates River.
4David captured from him 1,000 chariots, 7,000 charioteers, and 20,000 foot soldiers. David hamstrung all the chariot horses—except he saved enough for 100 chariots.
5When the Arameans of Damascus came to help King Hadadezer of Zobah, David killed twenty-two thousand of them.
6He placed garrisons in Aramean kingdom with its capital in Damascus, and made the Arameans subject to him and required them to pay taxes. The Lord gave David victories wherever he went.
7David took the shields of gold that belonged to Hadadezer's officers and brought them to Jerusalem.
8King David also took a large quantity of bronze from Betah and Berothai, towns that had belonged to Hadadezer.
9When Tou, king of Hamath, learned that David had destroyed the entire army of Hadadezer, king of Zobah,
10he sent his son Joram to David to make friends with him and to congratulate him on his victory in battle over Hadadezer. Tou and Hadadezer had often been at war. Joram brought all kinds of gifts of gold, silver, and bronze.
11King David dedicated these gifts to the Lord, along with the silver and gold he had taken from all the nations he had subdued:
12Edom, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines, and Amalekites; as well as the plunder taken from Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
13David also made a name for himself when he came back after defeating eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
14He placed garrisons all through Edom, and all the Edomites became subject to David. The Lord gave David victories wherever he went.
15David ruled over all Israel. He did what was fair and right for all his people.
16Joab, son of Zeruiah, was the army commander, and Jehoshaphat, son of Ahilud, kept the official records.
17Zadok, son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech, son of Abiathar, were priests, while Seraiah was the secretary.
18Benaiah, son of Jehoiada was in charge of the Cherethites and Pelethites; and David's sons were priests.