18:1 Now after this it came to pass, that David smote the
Philistines, and subdued them, and took a Gath and her
towns out of the hand of the Philistines.
(a) Which (2Sa 8:1) calls the bridle of bondage,
because it was a strong town and kept the country
around it in subjection.
18:6 Then David put [garrisons] in Syriadamascus; and the
Syrians became David's servants, [and] brought gifts. Thus
the LORD b preserved David whithersoever he went.
(b) That is in all things that he attempted.
18:8 Likewise from c Tibhath, and from Chun, cities of
Hadarezer, brought David very much brass, wherewith Solomon
made the brasen sea, and the pillars, and the vessels of
(c) Which in (2Sa 8:8) is called Betah and Berothai.
18:10 He sent d Hadoram his son to king David, to enquire of
his welfare, and to congratulate him, because he had
fought against Hadarezer, and smitten him; (for Hadarezer
had war with Tou;) and [with him] all manner of vessels of
gold and silver and brass.
18:11 Them also king David dedicated unto the LORD, with the
silver and the gold that he brought from all [these]
nations; from e Edom, and from Moab, and from the
children of Ammon, and from the Philistines, and from
(e) Because the Edomites and the Syrians joined their
power together, it is said, (2Sa 8:12) that the
Amramites were spoiled.
18:12 Moreover Abishai the son of Zeruiah slew of the Edomites
in the valley of salt f eighteen thousand.
(f) Which is understood that Joab slew 12,000 as is in
(Ps 60:1) and Abishai the rest.
18:17 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada [was] over the g
Cherethites and the Pelethites; and the sons of David
[were] chief about the king.