17:1And it came to pass as David dwelt in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Behold, I dwell in a house of cedars, and the ark of the covenant of Jehovah under curtains.
17:2And Nathan said to David, Do all that is in thy heart; for God is with thee.
17:3And it came to pass that night that the word of God came to Nathan saying,
17:4Go and say to David my servant, Thus saith Jehovah: Thou shalt not build me a house to dwell in;
17:5for I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up Israel to this day; but I have been from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another.
17:6In all my going about with all Israel, did I speak a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why build ye me not a house of cedars?
17:7And now, thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: I took thee from the pasture-grounds, from following the sheep, to be prince over my people Israel;
17:8and I have been with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name, like unto the name of the great men that are on the earth.
17:9And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and be disturbed no more; neither shall the sons of wickedness waste them any more, as formerly,
17:10and since the days that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. And I will subdue all thine enemies; and I tell thee that Jehovah will build thee a house.
17:11And it shall come to pass, when thy days are fulfilled that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.
17:12It is he who shall build me a house, and I will establish his throne for ever.
17:13I will be his father, and he shall be my son; and I will not take away my mercy from him, as I took it from him that was before thee;
17:14and I will settle him in my house and in my kingdom for ever; and his throne shall be established for ever.
17:15According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak to David.
17:16And king David went in and sat before Jehovah, and said, Who am I, Jehovah Elohim, and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
17:17And this hath been a small thing in thy sight, O God; and thou hast spoken of thy servant's house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the rank of a man of high degree, Jehovah Elohim.
17:18What can David say more to thee for the glory of thy servant? thou indeed knowest thy servant.
17:19Jehovah, for thy servant's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all this greatness, to make known all these great things.
17:20Jehovah, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
17:21And who is like thy people Israel, the one nation in the earth that God went to redeem to be a people to himself, to make thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations from before thy people, which thou hast redeemed out of Egypt?
17:22And thy people Israel hast thou made thine own people for ever; and thou, Jehovah, art become their God.
17:23And now, Jehovah, let the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house be established for ever, and do as thou hast said.
17:24Let it even be established, and let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, is God to Israel; and let the house of David thy servant be established before thee.
17:25For thou, my God, hast revealed to thy servant that thou wilt build him a house; therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray before thee.
17:26And now, Jehovah, thou art that God, and hast promised this goodness unto thy servant;
17:27and now, let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may be before thee for ever; for thou, Jehovah, hast blessed it, and it shall be blessed for ever.
18:1And after this it came to pass that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them, and took Gath and its towns out of the hand of the Philistines.
18:2And he smote the Moabites; and the Moabites became David's servants, and brought gifts.
18:3And David smote Hadarezer king of Zobah, at Hamath, as he went to establish his dominion by the river Euphrates.
18:4And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven thousand horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen; and David houghed all the chariot horses, but reserved of them for a hundred chariots.
18:5And the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadarezer king of Zobah, and David smote of the Syrians twenty-two thousand men.
18:6And David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought gifts. And Jehovah preserved David whithersoever he went.
18:7And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadarezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.
18:8And from Tibhath, and from Chun, cities of Hadarezer, David took very much brass, of which Solomon made the brazen sea, and the pillars, and the vessels of brass.
18:9And Tou king of Hamath heard that David had smitten all the forces of Hadarezer king of Zobah;
18:10and he sent Hadoram his son to king David to inquire of his welfare, and to congratulate him, because he had fought against Hadarezer and smitten him; for Hadarezer was continually at war with Tou; he sent also all manner of vessels of gold and silver and bronze.
18:11Them also king David dedicated to Jehovah, with the silver and the gold that he had brought from all the nations: from the Edomites, and from the Moabites, and from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines, and from the Amalekites.
18:12And Abishai the son of Zeruiah smote of the Edomites in the valley of salt eighteen thousand.
18:13And he put garrisons in Edom; and all they of Edom became servants to David. And Jehovah preserved David whithersoever he went.
18:14And David reigned over all Israel, and executed judgment and justice to all his people.
18:15And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was chronicler;
18:16and Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Abimelech the son of Abiathar, were the priests; and Shavsha was scribe;
18:17and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and the sons of David were the first at the king's hand.
19:1And it came to pass after this that Nahash king of the children of Ammon died, and his son reigned in his stead.
19:2And David said, I will shew kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, because his father shewed kindness to me. And David sent messengers to comfort him concerning his father. And David's servants came into the land of the children of Ammon to Hanun, to comfort him.
19:3And the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun, Is it, in thine eyes, to honour thy father that David has sent comforters to thee? Is it not to search and overthrow, and to spy out the land that his servants are come to thee?
19:4And Hanun took David's servants, and had them shaved, and their raiment cut off in the midst, as far as the hip, and sent them away.
19:5And certain went and told David concerning the men; and he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, Abide at Jericho until your beards be grown, and then return.
19:6And the children of Ammon saw that they had made themselves odious to David; and Hanun and the children of Ammon sent a thousand talents of silver to hire them chariots and horsemen out of Mesopotamia, and from the Syrians of Maacah, and from Zobah.
19:7And they hired thirty-two thousand chariots, and the king of Maacah and his people; and they came and encamped before Medeba. And the children of Ammon gathered together from their cities, and came to battle.
19:8And David heard of it, and he sent Joab, and all the host, the mighty men.
19:9And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array at the entrance of the city; and the kings that had come were by themselves on the field.
19:10And Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him before and behind; and he chose out of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians;
19:11and the rest of the people he gave into the hand of Abishai his brother, and they set themselves in array against the children of Ammon.
19:12And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then thou shalt help me; and if the children of Ammon be too strong for thee, then I will help thee.
19:13Be strong, and let us shew ourselves valiant for our people, and for the cities of our God; and Jehovah will do what is good in his sight.
19:14And Joab and the people that were with him drew near in front of the Syrians to the battle; and they fled before him.
19:15And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians fled, they likewise fled before Abishai his brother, and entered into the city. And Joab came to Jerusalem.
19:16And when the Syrians saw that they were routed before Israel, they sent messengers, and drew forth the Syrians that were beyond the river; and Shophach the captain of the host of Hadarezer went before them.
19:17And it was told David; and he gathered all Israel, and passed over the Jordan, and came upon them, and set the battle in array against them. And David put the battle in array against the Syrians, and they fought with him.
19:18And the Syrians fled from before Israel; and David slew of the Syrians seven thousand in chariots, and forty thousand footmen, and slew Shophach the captain of the host.
19:19And the servants of Hadarezer saw that they were routed before Israel, and they made peace with David, and became his servants. And the Syrians would no more help the children of Ammon.