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  • David brought the gold shields of Hadadezer's officers to Jerusalem, - 2 Samuel 8:7

  • When King Toi of Hamath heard that David had destroyed the army of Hadadezer, - 2 Samuel 8:9

  • he sent his son Joram to congratulate David on his success. Hadadezer and Toi had long been enemies, and there had been many wars between them. Joram presented David with many gifts of silver, gold, and bronze. - 2 Samuel 8:10

  • King David dedicated all these gifts to the LORD, along with the silver and gold he had set apart from the other nations he had subdued-- - 2 Samuel 8:11

  • So David became very famous. After his return he destroyed eighteen thousand Edomites* in the Valley of Salt.5 - 2 Samuel 8:13

  • He placed army garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became David's subjects. This was another example of how the LORD made David victorious wherever he went. - 2 Samuel 8:14

  • David reigned over all Israel and was fair to everyone. - 2 Samuel 8:15

  • Benaiah son of Jehoiada was captain of the king's bodyguard.* David's sons served as priestly leaders.*6 - 2 Samuel 8:18

  • One day David began wondering if anyone in Saul's family was still alive, for he had promised Jonathan that he would show kindness to them. - 2 Samuel 9:1

  • So David sent for him and brought him from Makir's home. - 2 Samuel 9:5

  • His name was Mephibosheth*; he was Jonathan's son and Saul's grandson. When he came to David, he bowed low in great fear and said, "I am your servant."1 - 2 Samuel 9:6

  • But David said, "Don't be afraid! I've asked you to come so that I can be kind to you because of my vow to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the land that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you may live here with me at the palace!" - 2 Samuel 9:7

  • "Yes, my lord; I will do all that you have commanded." And from that time on, Mephibosheth ate regularly with David, as though he were one of his own sons. - 2 Samuel 9:11

  • David said, "I am going to show complete loyalty to Hanun because his father, Nahash, was always completely loyal to me." So David sent ambassadors to express sympathy to Hanun about his father's death. But when David's ambassadors arrived in the land of Ammon, - 2 Samuel 10:2

  • Hanun's advisers said to their master, "Do you really think these men are coming here to honor your father? No! David has sent them to spy out the city so that they can come in and conquer it!" - 2 Samuel 10:3

  • So Hanun seized David's ambassadors and shaved off half of each man's beard, cut off their robes at the buttocks, and sent them back to David in shame. - 2 Samuel 10:4

  • When David heard what had happened, he sent messengers to tell the men to stay at Jericho until their beards grew out, for they were very embarrassed by their appearance. - 2 Samuel 10:5
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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