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SECOND SAMUEL VIII—THE VICTORY OVER SYRIA

them down to the ground; even with two lines measured he to put to death, and with one full line to keep alive. And so the Moabites became David's servants, and brought gifts.

3 | David smote also Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his border at the river Euphrates.

4 And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and David houghed all the chariot horses, but reserved of them for an hundred chariots.

5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succor Hadadezer king of Zobah, David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand

men.

6 Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus: and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought gifts. And the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.

7 And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.

8 And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king David took exceeding much brass.

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 judg. ment 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.

1 This name is later spelt Hadarezer. in or near the modern Jautan.

He was king of Zobah, a small Aramaean kingdom somewhere

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The Ark Among the Philistines

BY NICHOLAS POUSSIN, THE FRENCH MASTER OF THE

SEVENTEENTH CENTURY.

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Behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the Lord.I. Sam., 5, 3.

HE biblical story of the captivity of the ark among

the Philistines is one of miracle and marvel. The

trophy was borne proudly to their great city of Ashdod and there placed in the temple at the feet of their own god, Dagon. In the night the image of Dagon, a strange marine figure, half fish and half man, fell down and lay prostrate before the ark. The priests of Dagon hastened to set him on his pedestal again; but the next morning he had again fallen and lay, with head and arms broken off, across the threshold of the temple. Never afterward, so legend tells us, would the Philistines tread upon the threshold of any of their temples, through fear of desecrating some spot their god had touched.

Meanwhile their troubles were but begun. A painful skin disease smote all the people of the city, and a plague of mice began to spread throughout the land. They sent the ark away to another of their cities, whereon the disease and the mice appeared there also. For seven months the ark was hurried about from place to place among the Philistines, and always the plagues followed it, until the people were crushed and despairing, and cried out that this terrible fetich of the Hebrews must be given back to them.

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