2 Samuel 8:8
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English Standard Version
And from Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, King David took very much bronze.

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

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
And out of Bete, and out of Beroth, cities of Adarezer, king David took an exceeding great quantity of brass.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king David took very much brass.

2 Samuel 8:8 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Subjugation of Moab. - "He smote Moab (i.e., the Moabites), and measured them with the line, making them lie down upon the ground, and measured two lines (i.e., two parts) to put to death, and one line full to keep alive." Nothing further is known about either the occasion or the history of this war, with the exception of the cursory notice in 1 Chronicles 11:22, that Benaiah, one of David's heroes, smote two sons of the king of Moab, which no doubt took place in the same war. In the earliest period of his flight from Saul, David had met with a hospitable reception from the king of Moab, and had even taken his parents to him for safety (1 Samuel 22:3-4). But the Moabites must have very grievously oppressed the Israelites afterwards, that David should have inflicted a severer punishment upon them after their defeat, than upon any other of the nations that he conquered, with the exception of the Ammonites (2 Samuel 12:31), upon whom he took vengeance for having most shamefully insulted his ambassadors (2 Samuel 10:2.). The punishment inflicted, however, was of course restricted to the fighting men who had been taken prisoners by the Israelites. They were ordered to lie down in a row upon the earth; and then the row was measured for the purpose of putting two-thirds to death, and leaving one-third alive. The Moabites were then made "servants" to David (i.e., they became his subjects), "bringing gifts" (i.e., paying tribute).

2 Samuel 8:8 Parallel Commentaries

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Betah Probably the same as {Bathne} in Syria, between Berocea and Hierapolis.

1 Chronicles 18:8 Likewise from Tibhath, and from Chun, cities of Hadarezer, brought David very much brass, with which Solomon made the brazen sea...

Tibhath, chun.
Berothai Berothai is probably the {Barathena} of Ptolemy, which he mentions, along with {Sabe}, as a city of Arabia Deserta, in the confines of the Palmyrenain district.

exceeding

1 Chronicles 22:14,16 Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold...

1 Chronicles 29:7 And gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents...

2 Chronicles 4:1-18 Moreover he made an altar of brass, twenty cubits the length thereof, and twenty cubits the breadth thereof...

Cross References
2 Samuel 8:7
And David took the shields of gold that were carried by the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 47:16
Berothah, Sibraim (which lies on the border between Damascus and Hamath), as far as Hazer-hatticon, which is on the border of Hauran.

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