The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Chronicles 14:8–17

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And when the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went out to meet them.

1Chr14:9  Now the Philistines, arriving, spread out in the Valley of the Rephaim.

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Now the Philistines had come and made a raid in the valley of Rephaim.

And the Philistines came and assembled together in the giants’ valley.

1Chr14:10  And so David consulted the Lord, saying, “Shall I ascend to the Philistines, and will you deliver them into my hand?” And the Lord said to him, “Ascend, and I will deliver them into your hand.”

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10  And David inquired of God, saying: 'Shall I go up against the Philistines? and wilt Thou deliver them into my hand?' And YHWH said unto him: 'Go up; for I will deliver them into thy hand.'

1Chr14:11  And when they had ascended to Baal-perazim, David struck them there, and he said: “God has divided my enemies by my hand, just as waters are divided.” And therefore the name of that place was called Baal-perazim.

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11  So they came up to Baal-perazim, and David smote them there; and David said: 'God hath broken mine enemies by my hand, like the breach of waters.' Therefore they called the name of that place Baal-perazim.

1Chr14:12  And they left behind their gods in that place, and so David ordered them to be burned.

11  So they came up to the valley of Toretha, and David smote them there. Then David said. The LORD has broken in upon my enemies before me like the breaking forth of waters; therefore they called the name of that place the valley of Toretha.

12  And they left their gods there; and David gave commandment, and they were burned with fire.

1Chr14:13  And then, at another time, the Philistines invaded, and they spread out in the valley.

12  And when they had left their idols there, David gave a commandment to his mighty men, saying. Burn them with fire and scatter their ashes to the wind.

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13  And the Philistines yet again made a raid in the valley.

1Chr14:14  And again, David consulted God. And God said to him: “You shall not ascend after them. Draw away from them. And you shall come against them opposite the balsam trees.

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14  And David inquired again of God; and God said unto him: 'Thou shalt not go up after them; turn away from them, and come upon them over against the mulberry-trees.

1Chr14:15  And when you hear a sound approaching in the tops of the balsam trees, then you shall go forth to war. For God has gone forth before you, so that he may strike down the army of the Philistines.”

14  Therefore David inquired again of God; and God said to him, You shall not go up after them; but turn away from them, and go attack them from the front.

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15  And it shall be, when thou hearest the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry-trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle; for God is gone out before thee to smite the host of the Philistines.'

1Chr14:16  Therefore, David did just as God had instructed him. And he struck down the army of the Philistines, from Gibeon as far as Gazera.

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16  And David did as God commanded him; and they smote the host of the Philistines from Gibeon even to Gezer.

16  And he did as God commanded him: and he smote the army of the Philistines from Gabaon to Gazera.

1Chr14:17  And the name of David became well-known in all the regions. And the Lord placed the fear of him over all the nations.

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17  And the fame of David went out into all lands; and YHWH brought the fear of him upon all nations.

1Chr15:1  Also, he made houses for himself in the City of David. And built a place for the ark of God, and he set up a tent for it.