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1Ch 18:1, 2. DAVID SUBDUES THE PHILISTINES AND MOABITES.
1. David . . . took Gath and her towns--The full extent of David's conquests in the Philistine territory is here distinctly stated, whereas in the parallel passage (2Sa 8:1) it was only described in a general way. Gath was the "Metheg-ammah," or "arm-bridle," as it is there called--either from its supremacy as the capital over the other Philistine towns, or because, in the capture of that important place and its dependencies, he obtained the complete control of his restless neighbors.
2. he smote Moab--The terrible severities by which David's conquest
of that people was marked, and the probable reason of their being
subjected to such a dreadful retribution, are narrated
1Ch 18:3-17. DAVID SMITES HADADEZER AND THE SYRIANS.
3. Hadarezer--or, "Hadadezer"
which was probably the original form of the name, was derived from
Hadad, a Syrian deity. It seems to have become the official and
hereditary title of the rulers of that kingdom.
4-8. And David took from him a thousand
David is said to have taken seven hundred horsemen, whereas here it is
said that he took seven thousand. This great discrepancy in the text of
the two narratives seems to have originated with a transcriber in
confounding the two Hebrew letters which indicate the numbers, and in
neglecting to mark or obscure the points over one of them. We have no
means of ascertaining whether seven hundred or seven thousand be the
more correct. Probably the former should be adopted [DAVIDSON'S HERMENUTICS].
8. from Tibhath and from Chun--These places are called Betah and Berothai (2Sa 8:8). Perhaps the one might be the Jewish, the other the Syrian, name of these towns. Neither their situation nor the connection between them is known. The Arabic version makes them to be Emesa (now Hems) and Baal-bek, both of which agree very well with the relative position of Zobah.
17. the Cherethites and the Pelethites--who formed the royal bodyguard. The Cherethites were, most probably, those brave men who all along accompanied David while among the Philistines, and from that people derived their name (1Sa 30:14; Eze 25:16; Zep 2:5) as well as their skill in archery--while the Pelethites were those who joined him at Ziklag, took their name from Pelet, the chief man in the company (1Ch 12:3), and, being Benjamites, were expert in the use of the sling.