Old Testament

1 Chronicles 14
Events of David's Reign
141Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar logs, stonemasons, and carpenters to build a palace for him. 2David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel because his kingdom had been lifted high for the sake of his people Israel.
3David took wives in Jerusalem and fathered sons and daughters. 4These are the names of the children born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 5Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 6Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 7Elishama, Be'eliada, and Eliphelet.
David Defeats the Philistines
8The Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel. So all the Philistines went up to search for David. David heard about it and went out to face them. 9The Philistines came and made a raid in the Valley of Rephaim. 10David asked God, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?”
The Lord said to him, “Go up, and I will give them into your hand.” 11So they went up to Baal Perazim,[] and David defeated the Philistines there. David said, “By my hand God has broken through my enemies like a wall of water.” That is why they named that place Baal Perazim. 12The Philistines abandoned their gods there. David gave the order, and they were burned with fire.
13The Philistines made another raid in the valley. 14David again consulted God. God said to him, “Do not go directly at them. Go around them and come to them in the area of the balsam trees.[] 15When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, you are to go out in battle, because God has gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines.” 16David did what God had commanded him, and they struck the army of the Philistines from Gibeon to Gezer.
17David's reputation spread into all the lands. The Lord caused all the nations to be terrified.


  • 14:11 Baal Perazim means lord of breakthroughs.
  • 14:14 The identification of the type of tree is uncertain. Other suggestions are mulberry trees, aspens, or mastic trees.