18 But they fled before Israel, and David killed seven hundred of their charioteers and forty thousand of their foot soldiers.[1] He also struck down Shobak the commander of their army, and he died there.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 2 Samuel 10:18

Commentary on 2 Samuel 10:15-19

(Read 2 Samuel 10:15-19)

Here is a new attempt of the Syrians. Even the baffled cause will make head as long as there is any life in it; the enemies of the Son of David do so. But now the promise made to Abraham, Joshua 1:4, that the borders of Israel should extend to the river Euphrates, was performed. Learn hence, that it is dangerous to help those who have God against them; for when they fall, their helpers will fall with them.

21 The king of Israel advanced and overpowered the horses and chariots and inflicted heavy losses on the Arameans.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Kings 20:21

Commentary on 1 Kings 20:12-21

(Read 1 Kings 20:12-21)

The proud Syrians were beaten, and the despised Israelites were conquerors. The orders of the proud, drunken king disordered his troops, and prevented them from attacking the Israelites. Those that are most secure, are commonly least courageous. Ahab slew the Syrians with a great slaughter. God often makes one wicked man a scourge to another.

18 But they fled before Israel, and David killed seven thousand of their charioteers and forty thousand of their foot soldiers. He also killed Shophak the commander of their army.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Chronicles 19:18

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David's wars.

The history is here repeated which we read 2 Samuel 10. The only safety of sinners consists in submitting to the Lord, seeking peace with him, and becoming his servants. Let us assist each other in a good cause; but let us fear lest, while made instruments of good to others, we should come short of salvation, through unbelief and sin.