David Defeats the Philistines

2 Samuel 5

17 y Now when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it z and went down to the stronghold. 18 The Philistines also went and deployed themselves in a the Valley of Rephaim. 19 So David b inquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?" And the LORD said to David, "Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand." 20 So David went to c Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, "The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water." Therefore he called the name of that place 1 Baal Perazim. 2 21 And they left their 3 images there, and David and his men d carried them away.

22 e Then the Philistines went up once again and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim. 23 Therefore f David inquired of the LORD, and He said, "You shall not go up; circle around behind them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. 24 "And it shall be, when you g hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then h the LORD will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines." 25 And David did so, as the LORD commanded him; and he drove back the Philistines from i Geba 4 as far as j Gezer.

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