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  • David brought the gold shields of Hadadezer's officers to Jerusalem, - 1 Chronicles 18:7

  • When King Toi* of Hamath heard that David had destroyed the army of King Hadadezer of Zobah,3 - 1 Chronicles 18:9

  • 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 gold, silver, and bronze.4 - 1 Chronicles 18:10

  • King David dedicated all these gifts to the LORD, along with the silver and gold he had taken from the other nations he had subdued--Edom, Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and Amalek. - 1 Chronicles 18:11

  • 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. - 1 Chronicles 18:13

  • David reigned over all Israel and was fair to everyone. - 1 Chronicles 18:14

  • Benaiah son of Jehoiada was captain of the king's bodyguard.* David's sons served as the king's chief assistants.6 - 1 Chronicles 18:17

  • 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, - 1 Chronicles 19:2

  • Hanun's advisers said to him, "Do you really think these men are coming here to honor your father? No! David has sent them to spy out the land so that they can come in and conquer it!" - 1 Chronicles 19:3

  • So Hanun seized David's ambassadors and shaved their beards, cut off their robes at the buttocks, and sent them back to David in shame. - 1 Chronicles 19:4

  • 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. - 1 Chronicles 19:5

  • Now the people of Ammon realized how seriously they had angered David, so Hanun and the Ammonites sent thirty-eight tons* of silver to hire chariots and troops from Aram-naharaim, Aram-maacah, and Zobah.2 - 1 Chronicles 19:6

  • When David heard about this, he sent Joab and all his warriors to fight them. - 1 Chronicles 19:8

  • When David heard what was happening, he mobilized all Israel, crossed the Jordan River, and positioned his troops in battle formation. Then he engaged the enemy troops in battle, and they fought against him. - 1 Chronicles 19:17

  • But again the Arameans fled from the Israelites. This time David's forces killed seven thousand charioteers and forty thousand foot soldiers, including Shobach, the commander of their army. - 1 Chronicles 19:18

  • When the servants of Hadadezer realized they had been defeated by Israel, they surrendered to David and became his subjects. After that, the Arameans were no longer willing to help the Ammonites. - 1 Chronicles 19:19

  • The following spring, the time of year when kings go to war, Joab led the Israelite army in successful attacks against the towns and villages of the Ammonites. In the process they laid siege to the city of Rabbah and destroyed it. But David had stayed behind in Jerusalem. - 1 Chronicles 20:1
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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