1 Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David. He also sent cedar logs, stonemasons and carpenters to build a palace for him.
2 David knew that Jehovah had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom had been highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.
3 In Jerusalem David took more wives and became the father of more sons and daughters.
4 These are the names of the children born to him there: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,
5 Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet,
6 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia,
7 Elishama, Beeliada and Eliphelet.
8 The Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel. So they went up in full force to search for him. David heard about it and went out to meet them.
9 The Philistines raided the Valley of Rephaim.
10 David inquired of God: »Should I attack the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?« Jehovah answered him: »Go, I will hand them over to you.«
11 David and his men went to Baal Perazim. He defeated them there. He said: »As waters break out, God has broken out against my enemies by my hand.« So that place was called Baal Perazim the lord who breaks out.
12 The Philistines abandoned their gods. So David gave orders to burn them in the fire.
13 Once more the Philistines raided the valley.
14 David inquired of God again, and God answered him: »Do not go straight up, but circle around them and attack them in front of the balsam trees.
15 »As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, move out to battle. That will mean God has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.«
16 David did as God commanded him. They struck down the Philistine army all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.
17 Thus Davids fame spread throughout every land. Jehovah made all the nations fear him.