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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Chronicles 18:1-8

After this, it is said (1 Chron. 18:1), David did those great exploits. After the sweet communion he had had with God by the word and prayer, as mentioned in the foregoing chapter, he went on his work with extraordinary vigour and courage, conquering and to conquer. Thus Jacob, after his vision, lifted up his feet, Gen. 29:1. We have taken a view of these victories before, and shall now only observe, 1. Those that have been long enemies to the Israel of God will be brought down at last. The... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Chronicles 18:1

David - took Gath and her towns - See the comparison between this chapter and 2 Samuel 8:1 ; (note), etc., in the notes on the latter. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Chronicles 18:1

EXPOSITION The course of last chapter's parallel is continued here, and answers closely to 2 Samuel 8:1-18 . The present chapter contains the wars and victories of David ( 2 Samuel 8:1-13 ), with the arrangements consequent upon them; and ( 2 Samuel 8:14-17 ) an enumeration of some of his chief officers. Took Gath and her towns out of the hand of the Philistines ; literally, her daughters. The compiler of Chronicles gives us this plain statement where, in the parallel... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Chronicles 18:1

Gath and her towns - In Samuel, Methegammah (see the marginal reference note). read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Chronicles 18:1

1 Chronicles 18:1. Now after this David smote the Philistines After the sweet communion he had had with God by the word and prayer, as is recorded in the foregoing chapter, he went on in his work with an extraordinary vigour and courage, conquering and to conquer. The reader will find all this chapter explained in the notes on 2 Samuel 8:0. Nevertheless we shall here make two or three short observations upon some parts of it. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 18:1-17

David’s fame (18:1-22:1)Before speaking further of the temple, the writer lists a number of David’s victories in war. These records show how God was strengthening David’s kingdom according to his promise, but they show also why God would not allow David to build the temple. One who had caused so much bloodshed was not a suitable person to build the nation’s sacred place of worship (see 22:7-10).The writer records victories over miscellaneous enemies (18:1-17; see notes on 2 Samuel 8:1-18);... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 1 Chronicles 18:1

it came to pass. Compare the parallel (2 Samuel 8:1-8 ); and note that the two accounts are supplementary and complementary, not contradictory. Gath. See note on "Metheg-ammah" (2 Samuel 8:1 ). In the time of Solomon (1 Kings 2:39 Gath was tributary. her towns. Hebrew her daughters. Figure of speech Prosopopoeia. App-6 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - 1 Chronicles 18:1

DAVID'S GOD-GIVEN VICTORIES OF HIS ENEMIES;VICTORY OVER THE PHILISTINES AND THE MOABITES"And after this it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them, and took Goth and its towns out of the hands of the Philistines. And he smote Moab; and the Moabites became servants to David, and brought tribute." read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - 1 Chronicles 18:1

1. David . . . took Gath and her towns—The full extent of David's conquests in the Philistine territory is here distinctly stated, whereas in the parallel passage (2 Samuel 8:1) it was only described in a general way. Gath was the "Metheg-ammah," or "arm-bridle," as it is there called—either from its supremacy as the capital over the other Philistine towns, or because, in the capture of that important place and its dependencies, he obtained the complete control of his restless neighbors. read more

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