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after this it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them: and David took Methegammah out of the hand of the Philistines.
David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.
Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief rulers.
New Defender's Study Bible Notes
8:4 seven hundred horsemen. I Chronicles 18:4 gives this number as “seven thousand horsemen.” The apparent discrepancy may be due to a copyist error, and most likely should be “seven thousand.” Both numbers could be correct, however, if the “seven hundred” were somehow regarded as an elite unit within the “seven thousand.”
8:4 houghed. See note on Joshua 11:6.
8:13 valley of salt. This probably refers to the Dead Sea region, and the “smiting” probably was in relation to the Edomites instead of the Syrians (see II Samuel 8:14; also I Chronicles 18:12). It is possible that the Syrians had sent a contingent to help the Edomites in their battles against Israel, and both had been defeated by David’s armies together.