Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 8:6

Then David put garrisons among the Arameans of Damascus, and the Arameans became servants to David, bringing tribute. And the Lord helped David wherever he went.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Damascus;   Garrison;   Hadadezer;   Syria;   Zobah;   Thompson Chain Reference - Damascus;   Garrisons;   Preservation;   Promises, Divine;   Providence, Divine;   Sustaining Providence;   Syria;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Aram;   Damascus;   Philistines;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Amos, Theology of;   Israel;   Victory;   Easton Bible Dictionary - David;   Euphrates;   Garrison;   Gift;   Hadarezer;   Rabbah;   Rezon;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Eglon;   Euphrates;   Garrison;   Rezon;   Saviour;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Damascus;   Garrison;   Hadad-Ezer;   King, Kingship;   Samuel, Books of;   Syria;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Aram, Aramaeans;   Damascus;   David;   Gift, Giving;   Samuel, Books of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Hadadezer ;   Zoba, Zobah ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Damascus;   Moab;   War;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Damas'cus,;   Garrison;   Hadade'zer;   Tower;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Aram-Dammesek;   David;   Gift;   Palestine;   War;   Zobah;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Aram;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Gifts;   Hadadezer;   Races of the Old Testament;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Brought gifts - Paid tribute.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 8:6". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-samuel-8.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Garrisons - The word is used for officers in 1 Kings 4:5, 1 Kings 4:19, and some think that that is its meaning here. Perhaps, however, it is best to take it with the King James Version in the same sense as in 1 Samuel 10:5; 1 Samuel 13:3.

Brought gifts - Rather, “tribute” (and in 2 Samuel 8:2); meaning they became subject and tributary.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 8:6". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-samuel-8.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus,.... Which was Coele-Syria, and lay between Libanus and Antilibanus, the chief city of which was Damascus; which CurtiusF17Hist. l. 3. c. 8. calls Damascus of Syria, being the head of it, Isaiah 7:8; in the principal places of which he put garrisons of soldiers to keep the country in subjection to him; or he put commanders or governors, as the Targum, in the, chief cities, and so Ben Gersom and R. Isaiah interpret it:

and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought gifts; or paid him tribute by way of homage, acknowledging themselves his subjects:

and the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went; he covered his head in the day of battle, and saved him from the hurtful sword.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 8:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-8.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Then David put garrisons in c Syria of Damascus: and the Syrians became servants to David, d [and] brought gifts. And the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.

(c) In that part of Syria, where Damascus was.

(d) They paid yearly tribute.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 8:6". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-samuel-8.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 8:6 Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus: and the Syrians became servants to David, [and] brought gifts. And the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.

Ver. 6. Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus.] Which lay north of Judea, as the Moabites did east, the Philistines west, and the Edomites [2 Samuel 8:14] south. Thus he laid about him lustily; beating his enemies on all sides; himself the chief actor; for as Virgil hath it -

Urget praesentia Turni.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 8:6". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-8.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations
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Brought gifts, to purchase their peace, and acknowledge their subjection to him.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 8:6". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-samuel-8.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

6.Garrisons — Large military forces. David wisely took measures to preserve order and maintain his authority over the subjugated provinces.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 8:6". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-samuel-8.html. 1874-1909.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

gifts: i.e. tribute.

the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 8:6". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-samuel-8.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(6) Garrisons.—The primary meaning of this word in the original is something placed, and then placed over. Hence it comes to have the different derived meanings of officer in 1 Kings 4:5; 1 Kings 4:19; 2 Chronicles 8:10, and garrison (1 Samuel 10:5; 1 Samuel 13:3), which is probably its meaning here.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 8:6". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-samuel-8.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus: and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought gifts. And the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.
garrisons
14; 23:14; 1 Samuel 13:3; 14:1,6,15; 2 Chronicles 17:2; Psalms 18:34-46
became
the Lord
14; 7:9; 1 Chronicles 18:13; Psalms 5:11,12; 121:7,8; 140:7; 144:1,2; Proverbs 21:31
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 10:19 - feared;  1 Kings 2:3 - whithersoever;  2 Kings 14:28 - Damascus;  2 Kings 17:3 - presents;  2 Kings 18:7 - he prospered;  1 Chronicles 17:8 - I have been;  1 Chronicles 18:5 - the Syrians;  Psalm 144:10 - that giveth;  Song of Solomon 7:4 - Damascus;  Isaiah 7:8 - For the head;  Isaiah 36:16 - Make an agreement with me by a present;  Matthew 4:24 - Syria;  Acts 21:3 - Syria;  Acts 22:6 - Damascus

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 8:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-8.html.