David’s Wives and Children
1And Hiram, king of Tyre, sent messengers to David and cedar trees, masons,#Literally “craftsmen of the wall” and carpenters#Literally “craftsmen of wood” to build a house for him. 2And David knew that Yahweh had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel. 3And David took more wives in Jerusalem, and David fathered more sons and daughters. 4Now these are the names of the children who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 5Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 6Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 7Elishama, Beeliada, and Eliphelet.
David Defeats the Philistines
8When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed as king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. But David heard and went out from before them. 9Now the Philistines came and carried out a raid in the Valley of Rephaim. 10Then David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you put them into my hand?” And Yahweh said to him, “Go up. I will put them into your hand.” 11And he went up to Baal-Perazim, and David struck them there. And David said, “God has burst out against my enemies by my hand like waters burst out.” Therefore they will call the name of this place Baal-Perazim. 12And they abandoned their gods there. And David commanded, and they were burnt with fire. 13Then the Philistines carried out another raid#Literally “they added again and made a raid” in the valley. 14Then David inquired again of God. And God said to him, “You shall not go up after them. Go around from before them and come against them the opposite way of the balsam trees. 15And it shall be that when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then go out into battle, for God goes out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.” 16And David did as God commanded him, and they struck the camp of the Philistines from Gibeon to Gezer. 17And the fame of David went out through all the lands. And Yahweh put the fear of him upon all the nations.