Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 8:1-8. David’s rest soon came to an end. He was at battle with the Philistines again. He attacked and captured them. David seized Methegammah, the mother city, out of the hand of the Philistines.
He also conquered Moab. He divided them with a line, forcing them to lie down on the ground; with two lines he measured those who were to be put to death, and with one full line those who were to be kept alive and taken captive. The Moabites became David’s servants and brought him gifts.
David also smote Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, who was the king of Zobah, as he was going to secure the border at the Euphrates river.
David seized a thousand chariots, seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen from Hadadezar. He also crippled the chariot horses by cutting their hamstrings, rendering them useless, except for a hundred which he reserved to use for his chariots.
David slew twenty-two thousand Syrians from Damascus when they came to support Hadadezer, king of Zobah.
He put army garrisons or forts in Syria of Damascus. The Syrians became David’s servants and paid tribute to him. The LORD protected David and delivered him from his enemies wherever he went.
David took the shields of gold that were on Hadadezer’s servants and brought them back to Jerusalem with him.
He also collected massive amounts of brass from Betah and Berothai, which were two cities of Hadadezer.
David was always victorious because the LORD was on his side. David was a man after God’s own heart therefore God protected him and blessed him in battle against Israel’s enemies.
God allowed David to enslave those he defeated in battle and confiscate their wealth. Was David perfect? No, but David was always mindful of God’s law and expectations of him as God’s servant.
Daily Bible Reading:
2 Samuel 8:1-8
1 And after this it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them: and David took Methegammah out of the hand of the Philistines.
2 And he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down to the ground; even with two lines measured he to put to death, and with one full line to keep alive. And so the Moabites became David’s servants, and brought gifts.
3 David smote also Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his border at the river Euphrates.
4 And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and David houghed all the chariot horses, but reserved of them for an hundred chariots.
5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succour Hadadezer king of Zobah, David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men.
6 Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus: and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought gifts. And the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.
7 And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.
8 And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king David took exceeding much brass.
Things to think about:
- Why did God bless David?
- In what ways did God bless David?
- Who did David conquer in this battle?
- What bounty did David confiscate from the enemies?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see that David was victorious over his enemies because You were on his side. He not only conquered his enemies but he also able to recover much from them. Help us to have confidence that we can be victorious in the battles of this life with you on our side. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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