1. After this, David defeated the Philistines, crushing them in such a way that they were no longer in control of the land.

2. Then he defeated the Moabites. He had them measured with a line and made them lie down on the ground; two thirds of them were to be executed, and one third to be spared. And so the Moabites became David's servants and paid tribute to him.

3. David also defeated Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah, when he tried to retake the valley of the Euphrates.

4. David captured from him a thousand and seven horsemen and twenty thousand foot soldiers. He hamstrung all the chariot horses but left a sufficient number for a hundred chariots.

5. The Arameans of Damascus came to help Hadadezer, king of Zobah, but David won over twenty-two thousand of their men.

6. Then David set up governors in Aram of Damascus and the Arameans became David's servants, paying tribute to him. Yahweh made David victorious wherever he went.

7. David took the golden shields carried by the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem;

8. he also took a great quantity of bronze from Betah and Berothai, cities of Hadadezer.

9. When Toi, king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer,

10. he sent his son Joram to King David to greet him and thank him for having fought against Hadadezer and defeating him. For the latter had often been at war with Toi. Joram brought with him articles of silver, gold and bronze

11. which King David consecrated to Yahweh together with the silver and gold which he consecrated from all the nations he subdued:

12. from Edom, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines, Amalek, as well as the booty of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

13. David became famous when he returned from defeating an army of eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.

14. He set up governors in Edom and the Edomites became his servants. So Yahweh made David victorious wherever he went.

15. David reigned over all Israel, issuing decrees and administering justice to all his people.

16. Joab, son of Zeruiah, was commander of the army; Jehoshaphat, son of Ahilud, recorder;

17. Zadok, son of Ahitub and Ahimelech, son of Abiathar, priests; Seraiah, secretary;

18. and Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, was in charge of the Cherethites and the Pelethites. David's sons were priests.

“Se você não entrega seu coração a Deus, o que lhe entrega?” “Você deve seguir outra estrada. Tire de seu coração todas as paixões deste mundo, humilhe-se na poeira e reze! Dessa forma, certamente você encontrará Deus, que lhe dará paz e serenidade nesta vida e a eterna beatitude na próxima.” São Padre Pio de Pietrelcina