8:13 David became famous 1 when he returned from defeating the Arameans 2 in the Valley of Salt, he defeated 3 18,000 in all. 8:14 He placed garrisons throughout Edom, 4 and all the Edomites became David’s subjects. The Lord protected David wherever he campaigned. 8:15 David reigned over all Israel; he guaranteed justice for all his people. 5
1 tn Heb “made a name.”
3 tn The words “he defeated” are supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons.
4 tc The MT is repetitious here: “He placed in Edom garrisons; in all Edom he placed garrisons.” The Vulgate lacks “in all Edom”; most of the Greek tradition (with the exception of the Lucianic recension and the recension of Origen) and the Syriac Peshitta lack “he placed garrisons.” The MT reading appears here to be the result of a conflation of variant readings.
5 tn Heb “and David was doing what is just and fair for all his people.”