King David's Fighting / Military Career
As a youth David slays Goliath the Philistine Giant with nothing more than a slingshot, a few stones, and a simple but profound faith in God.
26 David asked the men who were near him, 'What will the man get who kills this Philistine and frees Israel from this disgrace? After all, who is this heathen Philistine to defy the army of the living God?'
37 The Lord has saved me from lions and bears; he will save me from this Philistine.' 'All right,' Saul answered. 'Go, and the Lord be with you.' 40 He took his shepherd’s stick and then picked up five smooth stones from the stream and put them in his bag. With his sling ready, he went out to meet Goliath.
45 David answered, 'You are coming against me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the Israelite armies, which you have defied. 46 This very day the Lord will put you in my power; I will defeat you and cut off your head.'
48 Goliath started walking toward David again, and David ran quickly toward the Philistine battle line to fight him. 49 He reached into his bag and took out a stone, which he slung at Goliath. It hit him on the forehead and broke his skull, and Goliath fell face downward on the ground. (1Samuel 17)
David conducts a campaign against the Philistines and defeats them.
8. And there was war again. And David went out and fought with the Philistines, and killed them with a great slaughter. And they fled from him. (1Samuel 19:8)
Invades the Geshurites, and the Gezrites, and the Amalekites south of Ziklag and kills all the people.
2. And David arose and passed over, he and the six hundred men with him to Achish the son of Maoch, king of Gath. 3. And David lived with Achish of Gath, he and his men, each one with his house- hold - David with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel, and Abigail of Carmel, Nabal's former wife.
6. And Achish gave him Ziklag that day. And Ziklag belongs to the kings of Judah to this day. 8. And David and his men went up and invaded the Geshurites, and the Gezrites, and the Amalekites, for they were the inhabitants of the land from the past days, as one comes into Shur, even into the land of Egypt. 9. And David struck the land, and did not keep alive man nor woman, and took away the sheep and the oxen and the donkeys and the camels and the clothing, and returned and came to Achish. (1Samuel 27:2-3, 6,8-9)
The people of Ziklag, who were captured by the Amalekites, are rescued. David is able to overcome them, in part, due to a young Egyptian slave who led him and his army to where the Amalekites were.
The Amalekites had raided southern Judah and attacked Ziklag. They had burned down the town 2 and captured all the women . . .
9 So David and his six hundred men started out, and when they arrived at Besor Brook, some of them stayed there.
11 The men with David found a young Egyptian out in the country and brought him to David. 15 'Will you lead me to those raiders?' David asked him. He answered, 'I will if you promise me in God’s name that you will not kill me or hand me over to my master.'
17 At dawn the next day David attacked them and fought until evening. Except for four hundred young men who mounted camels and got away, none of them escaped. 18 David rescued everyone and everything the Amalekites had taken (1Samuel 30)
David conquers the city of Jebus (Jerusalem).
4. And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus, where the Jebusites were the people of the land. 5. And the people of Jebus said to David, "You shall not come in here." But David took the stronghold of Zion, which is the city of David. 7. And David lived in the stronghold. Therefore, they called it the city of David. (1Chronicles 11:4-5, 7)
Philistines war against David but are defeated.
17 The Philistines were told that David had been made king of Israel, so their army set out to capture him. 19 David asked the Lord, 'Shall I attack the Philistines? Will you give me the victory?' 'Yes, attack!' the Lord answered. 'I will give you the victory!' 20 So David went to Baal Perazim and there he defeated the Philistines. (2Samuel 5)
Philistines, Moabites, Zobah, Syria and Edom are conquered.
1. And after this it came to pass that David struck the Philistines and humbled them . . . 2. And he struck Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down to the ground. Even with two lines he measured those to put to death and with one full line those to keep alive. And the Moabites became David's servants, bringing gifts.
3. David also struck Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his border at the river Euphrates. 4. And David took from him seventeen hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen . . . 5. And when the Syrians of Damascus came to rescue Hadadezer king of Zobah, David killed twenty-two thousand men of the Syrians. 6. And David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus. And the Syrians became servants to David, bringing gifts . . .
14. And he put garrisons in Edom. He put garrisons throughout all Edom and all the men of Edom became David's servants . . . (2Samuel 8:1-6, 14)
Hanun, son of the king of Ammon, mistreats David's emissaries. Ammon is invaded and defeated along with their allies the Syrians.
2 King David said, 'I must show loyal friendship to Hanun, as his father Nahash did to me.' So David sent messengers to express his sympathy. When they arrived in Ammon, 3 the Ammonite leaders said to the king, 'Do you think that it is in your father’s honor that David has sent these men to express sympathy to you? Of course not! He has sent them here as spies to explore the city, so that he can conquer us!' 4 Hanun seized David’s messengers, shaved off one side of their beards, cut off their clothes at the hips, and sent them away.
7 David heard of it (the Ammonites hiring others to protect themselves against David) and sent Joab against them with the whole army. 13 Joab and his men advanced to attack, and the Syrians fled. 14 When the Ammonites saw the Syrians running away, they fled from Abishai and retreated into the city.
15 The Syrians realized that they had been defeated by the Israelites, and so they called all their troops together. 17 When David heard of it, he gathered the Israelite troops, crossed the Jordan River, and marched to Helam, where the Syrians took up their position facing him. The fighting began, 18 and the Israelites drove the Syrian army back. (2Samuel 10)
Philistines war and battle Israel four more times, but are defeated each time.
15. And again the Philistines warred with Israel. And David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines. And David became faint. 16. And Ishbi-Benob, who was of the sons of the giant (the weight of whose spear was three hundred shekels of bronze), being girded with a new sword, thought to kill David. 17. But Abishai the son of Zeruiah came to his aid and struck the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, "You shall not go out to battle with us any more, so that you do not put out the light of Israel."
18. Now it came to pass after this there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob. Then Sibbechai the Hushathite killed Saph, who was of the sons of the giant.
19. And there was again a battle with the Philistines in Gob, where Elhanan of Bethlehem, the son of Jaare-Oregim, killed one of the brothers of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.
20. And there was yet again a battle in Gath. And there was a man of stature who had six fingers on each hand, and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number. And he also was born to the giant. 21. And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah, the brother of David, killed him. 22. These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants. (2Samuel 21:15-22)