Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 8:9-18. When Toi, king of Hamath, heard that David defeated the army of Hadadezer, he sent Joram, his son, to King David. King Toi wanted to salute David and bless him because he had fought against Hadadezer and conquered him. Toi also had battles with Hadadezer. Joram brought vessels of silver, gold, and brass with him as gifts to King David.
David dedicated the vessels to the LORD, along with the silver and gold that he collected from all the nations that he and his army conquered.
David gathered treasures from all the armies he defeated including, Syria, Moab, the children of Ammon, the Philistines, Amalek, and Hadadezer, son of Rehob, and king of Zobah.
David made a name for himself when he returned from smiting the Syrians in the valley of salt because they defeated eighteen thousand men.
David put garrisons in Edom and the people of Edom became David’s servants. The LORD protected David wherever he journeyed.
David reigned over all of Israel. He executed judgment and justice to the people.
Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was in charge of the army. Jehoshaphat, the son of Ahilud, was the recorder.
Zadok, the son of Ahitub, who was a grandson to Eli, and Ahimelech, the son of Abiathar, were the priests. Seraiah was the scribe, or secretary to David.
Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites, who were a group of foreign mercenary soldiers that served as body guards to king David and executioners, and the Pelethites who were couriers or guardsmen for king David. David’s sons were chief rulers.
David was dedicated to God and God blessed him for his service and dedication.
Daily Bible Reading:
2 Samuel 8:9-18
9 When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had smitten all the host of Hadadezer,
10 Then Toi sent Joram his son unto king David, to salute him, and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer, and smitten him: for Hadadezer had wars with Toi. And Joram brought with him vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and vessels of brass:
11 Which also king David did dedicate unto the LORD, with the silver and gold that he had dedicated of all nations which he subdued;
12 Of Syria, and of Moab, and of the children of Ammon, and of the Philistines, and of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
13 And David gat him a name when he returned from smiting of the Syrians in the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand men.
14 And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put he garrisons, and all they of Edom became David’s servants. And the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.
15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice unto all his people.
16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder;
17 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were the priests; and Seraiah was the scribe;
18 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David’s sons were chief rulers.
Things to think about:
- Who was the king that wanted to honor David for his victory?
- In what way did he honor David?
- What did David do with the treasures he gathered?
- Who were the people mentioned in this Scripture that were part of David’s staff and what were their duties?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture from 2 Samuel we see that David honored You with his success. He dedicated all gold, silver and brass he collected to You. Help us to honor You with whatever you bless us with. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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