Why do the nations rebel and the peoples plot in vain?
Ask of Me, and I will make the nations Your inheritance and the ends of the earth Your possession.
You will break them with a rod of iron; You will shatter them like pottery."
He drove out nations before them. He apportioned their inheritance by lot and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.
Why should the nations ask, "Where is their God?" Before our eyes, let vengeance for the shed blood of Your servants be known among the nations.
inflicting vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples,
David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with a dagger, spear, and sword, but I come against you in the name of the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel's armies-- you have defied Him.
Today, the LORD will hand you over to me. Today, I'll strike you down, cut your head off, and give the corpses of the Philistine camp to the birds of the sky and the creatures of the earth. Then all the world will know that Israel has a God,
and this whole assembly will know that it is not by sword or by spear that the LORD saves, for the battle is the LORD's. He will hand you over to us."
When the Philistine started forward to attack him, David ran quickly to the battle line to meet the Philistine.
David put his hand in the bag, took out a stone, slung [it], and hit the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.
David defeated the Philistine with a sling and a stone. Even though David had no sword, he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
David ran and stood over him. He grabbed the Philistine's sword, pulled it from its sheath, and used it to kill him. Then he cut off his head. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they ran.
The king and his men marched to Jerusalem against the Jebusites who inhabited the land. The Jebusites had said to David: "You will never get in here. Even the blind and lame can repel you," thinking, "David can't get in here."
Yet David did capture the stronghold of Zion, the city of David.
He said that day, "Whoever attacks the Jebusites must go through the water shaft to reach the lame and the blind who are despised by David." For this reason it is said, "The blind and the lame will never enter the house."
David took up residence in the stronghold, which he named the city of David. He built it up all the way around from the supporting terraces inward.
David became more and more powerful, and the LORD God of Hosts was with him.
King Hiram of Tyre sent envoys to David; [he also sent] cedar logs, carpenters, and stonemasons, and they built a palace for David.
Then David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of His people Israel.
After he arrived from Hebron, David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him.
These are the names of those born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,
Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia,
Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.
After this, David defeated the Philistines, subdued them, and took Metheg-ammah from Philistine control.
He also defeated the Moabites, and after making them lie down on the ground, he measured them off with a cord. He measured every two cord lengths [of those] to be put to death and one length [of those] to be kept alive. So the Moabites became David's subjects and brought tribute.
David also defeated Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah, who went to restore his control at the Euphrates River.
David captured 1,700 horsemen and 20,000 foot soldiers from him, and he hamstrung all the horses, and he kept 100 chariots.
When the Arameans of Damascus came to assist King Hadadezer of Zobah, David struck down 22,000 Aramean men.
Then he placed garrisons in Aram of Damascus, and the Arameans became David's subjects and brought tribute. The LORD made David victorious wherever he went.
David took the gold shields of Hadadezer's officers and brought them to Jerusalem.
King David also took huge quantities of bronze from Betah and Berothai, Hadadezer's cities.
When King Toi of Hamath heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer,
he sent his son Joram to King David to greet him and to congratulate him because David had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him, for Toi and Hadadezer had fought many wars. Joram had items of silver, gold, and bronze with him.
King David also dedicated these to the LORD, along with the silver and gold he had dedicated from all the nations he had subdued--
from Edom, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines, the Amalekites, and the spoil of Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
David made a reputation for himself when he returned from striking down 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
He placed garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites were subject to David. The LORD made David victorious wherever he went.
So David reigned over all Israel, administering justice and righteousness for all his people.
When the Ammonites realized they had become repulsive to David, they hired 20,000 foot soldiers from the Arameans of Beth-rehob and Zobah, 1,000 men from the king of Maacah, and 12,000 men from Tob.
David heard about it and sent Joab and all the fighting men.
The Ammonites marched out and lined up in battle formation at the entrance to the city gate while the Arameans of Zobah and Rehob and the men of Tob and Maacah were in the field by themselves.
When Joab saw that there was a battle line in front of him and another behind him, he chose some men out of all the elite troops of Israel and lined up in battle formation to engage the Arameans.
The Philistines again waged war against Israel. David went down with his soldiers, and they fought the Philistines, but David became exhausted.
Then Ishbi-benob, one of the descendants of the giant, whose bronze spear weighed about eight pounds and who wore new armor, intended to kill David.
But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to his aid, struck the Philistine, and killed him. Then David's men swore to him: "You must never again go out with us to battle. You must not extinguish the lamp of Israel."
After this, there was another battle with the Philistines at Gob. At that time Sibbecai the Hushathite killed Saph, who was one of the descendants of the giant.
Once again there was a battle with the Philistines at Gob, and Elhanan son of Jaare-oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite. The shaft of his spear was like a weaver's beam.
At Gath there was still another battle. A huge man was there with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot-- 24 in all. He, too, was descended from the giant.
When he taunted Israel, Jonathan, son of David's brother Shimei, killed him.
These four were descended from the giant in Gath and were killed by David and his soldiers.
You have freed me from the feuds among my people; You have appointed me the head of nations; a people I had not known serve me.
Foreigners submit to me grudgingly; as soon as they hear, they obey me.
Foreigners lose heart and come trembling from their fortifications.
From His mouth came a sharp sword, so that with it He might strike the nations. He will shepherd them with an iron scepter. He will also trample the winepress of the fierce anger of God, the Almighty.
You destroy those who tell lies; the LORD abhors a man of bloodshed and treachery.
Then David said to Abigail, "Praise to the LORD God of Israel, who sent you to meet me today!
Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, "Draw your sword and run me through with it, or these uncircumcised men will come and run me through and torture me." But his armor-bearer would not do it because he was terrified. Then Saul took his sword and fell on it.
When Ahithophel realized that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out for his house in his hometown. He set his affairs in order and hanged himself. So he died and was buried in his father's tomb.
You will trample the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day I am preparing," says the LORD of Hosts.
Leave Me alone, and I will destroy them and blot out their name under heaven. Then I will make you into a nation stronger and more numerous than they.'
The remembrance of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.
The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is extinguished.