3 David smote also 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 a thousand chariots, and seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: 

and David houghed all the chariot horses, but reserved of them for an hundred chariots.

5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succour Hadadezer king of Zobah, 

David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men.

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.

7 And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.

8 And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king David took exceeding much brass.

- 2 Samuel 8: 3-8 KJV KJV

 The Dramatic, Spiritual and Exciting Story of Hadadezer 

"In the KJV Bible"


March 23, 2024


Reverend Danny Rhoades

Dear Brothers and Sisters, over the course of four days, I’ve embarked on a unique journey. Today, we delve into Part Three: “The Dramatic, Spiritual, and Exciting Story of Hadadezer in the KJV Bible.” What roles did they play, and why were they important? I sincerely hope that this exploration will enrich your understanding.

In addition, our devotional today leads us to Part Three: “The Dramatic, Spiritual, and Exciting Story of Hadadezer in the KJV Bible.” Hadadezer, an intriguing figure intricately woven into the tapestry of the King James Version (KJV) Bible, played a distinct role in shaping the narratives of ancient times. Let us uncover the significance behind his story.

May these reflections deepen our knowledge and faith.


Hadadezer, a prominent figure in the KJV Bible, is a character whose story unfolds dramatically, spiritually, and with great excitement. From his rise to power and confrontations with King David to his military campaigns and victories, Hadadezer's narrative is rich with lessons and implications that resonate throughout biblical history. This devotional delves into the intriguing tale of Hadadezer, exploring the context of his story, his impact on the greater biblical narrative, and the spiritual themes and lessons that emerge from his experiences.

If you think Game of Thrones has nothing on the drama in the KJV Bible, then you haven't heard of Hadadezer. This guy's story is a rollercoaster of power, diplomacy, and epic battles that would make even the Iron Throne seem tame.

as a fearsome warlord. Nope, this guy had humble beginnings and a wild youth that set the stage for his rise to power. Find out how he went from zero to hero in the blink of an eye.

It was the ultimate showdown – Hadadezer, the seasoned warlord, against King David, the legendary ruler. But before the swords clashed, there were some awkward meet-and-greets and a whole lot of reasons why these two heavyweights just couldn't see eye to eye.

When it came to battles, Hadadezer was no rookie. From cunning strategies to forming alliances (and making enemies), Hadadezer's military campaigns were the stuff of legends. Find out how this warlord conquered lands and left a trail of glory in his wake.

Hadadezer's story in the KJV Bible highlights the importance of maintaining faith and displaying strong leadership qualities during challenging times. Despite facing numerous adversities, Hadadezer's unwavering faith and decisive leadership serve as a powerful example for readers to emulate in their own trials and tribulations.

Through Hadadezer's experiences, we witness the intersection of divine intervention and moral decision-making. His story prompts reflection on the consequences of moral choices and the role of divine guidance in shaping our paths. By examining Hadadezer's narrative, readers are encouraged to contemplate the intricate balance between personal agency and spiritual intervention.

Hadadezer's legacy extends beyond his own narrative, influencing successors and shaping future events within biblical history. His actions and character leave a lasting impact on subsequent generations, underscoring the enduring nature of lessons learned from his story.

Scholars and theologians have delved into Hadadezer's story, offering interpretations that enrich our understanding of its significance within biblical scholarship. Through varied perspectives and analyses, Hadadezer's narrative continues to spark scholarly debate and contemplation, contributing to a deeper exploration of the complexities inherent in biblical texts.

Hadadezer's presence in the KJV Bible contributes to the overarching narrative by adding depth and complexity to the broader themes of faith, leadership, and divine intervention. His story serves as a compelling thread woven into the larger tapestry of biblical texts, enriching the reader's experience and offering valuable insights into the multifaceted nature of spiritual journeys and moral dilemmas.

Brothers and Sisters now let's review what we just learned, from today's devotional.

First, we learn who was Hadadezer was.

  • Hadadezer was a king of Zobah in Syria during the time of King David.
  • His kingdom extended as far eastward as the Euphrates River and as far southward as Ammon.
  • The name Hadadezer itself is derived from Hadad, which means “help.”

Second, we learn where is Hadadezer mentioned in the KJV Bible.

Hadadezer appears in several passages:

  • 2 Samuel 8:3-8: In this account, Hadadezer suffered a severe defeat at the hands of David as he attempted to restore his power near the Euphrates. David also defeated 22,000 Syrians who came to aid Hadadezer.
  • 2 Samuel 10:5-14: The Ammonites formed a league with other Aramean rulers to protect themselves from David’s wrath. David’s general, Joab, defeated them, and Hadadezer was part of this conflict.
  • 2 Samuel 10:15-18: Hadadezer’s army faced another defeat at Helam, and he eventually made peace with Israel, becoming a tributary.

Third, we learn the about the key battles and victories of Hadadezer:

  • Hadadezer engaged in battles against David, but in each encounter, he was defeated.
  • His military campaigns were marked by losses, ultimately leading to his submission to David’s authority.

Fourth, we learn about the Spiritual Themes and Lessons from Hadadezer’s Story:

  • Submission to God’s Will: Hadadezer’s defeats highlight the importance of submitting to God’s purposes. Even powerful rulers must yield to divine plans.
  • Consequences of Pride: Hadadezer’s desire for power and expansion led to his downfall. Pride often blinds us to our limitations.
  • God’s Sovereignty: Despite Hadadezer’s efforts, God orchestrated events to fulfill His purposes through David’s victories.

Fifth, we learn about the impact on the Broader Narrative of the KJV Bible:

  • Hadadezer’s story underscores the theme of divine providence throughout the Bible. God uses both great and small events to accomplish His will.
  • His legacy serves as a reminder that earthly power and conquests are fleeting, while God’s sovereignty endures.

In summary, Hadadezer’s encounters with David reveal deeper spiritual truths about humility, God’s sovereignty, and the consequences of pride. His legacy echoes throughout Scripture, emphasizing God’s ultimate control over human affairs. Through Hadadezer’s story, we learn that even the mightiest rulers are subject to divine purposes, and true strength lies in surrendering to God’s will. His defeats serve as a reminder that earthly power is fleeting, but God’s sovereignty endures eternally.

In conclusion, the story of Hadadezer in the KJV Bible stands as a testament to the complexities of power, faith, and divine intervention. Through his victories, defeats, and enduring legacy, Hadadezer offers readers profound insights into the human experience and the intricate workings of God's plan. As we reflect on Hadadezer's journey, we are reminded of the enduring relevance of biblical narratives in shaping our understanding of spiritual truths and the timeless lessons they impart.

Tomorrow I will go into Part Four of this four-part series, "The Story of Sanballat I and its significance."

Brothers and Sisters, I hope and pray that you have enjoyed and gained some great knowledge reading my devotional today on "The Dramatic, Spiritual and Exciting Story of Hadadezer in the KJV Bible." What roles did he play in it and why were they important" as I have researching and writing about them. 

As you continue your journey of faith, I would love to hear from you, so I'm inviting you to join me in my ministry "Rhoades Well Traveled Ministry," and share your passion for spiritual growth and service, with me.

May we carry the light of compassion, the strength of faith, and the warmth of community with us as we step out into the world. Have a great and blessed day ahead. Amen.

Reverend Danny Rhoades 



Dear Heavenly Father, as we come before you today, we lift up the entire humanity into your gracious hands. We pray for your mercy and guidance as we embark on the journey of life, just as Hadadezer faced his own dramatic, spiritual, and exciting story.

Like Hadadezer, we face challenges and obstacles that can make us falter. But we trust in your strength and power to overcome them. Help us to stay steadfast in our faith and never lose sight of your love and grace.

As we witness the unfolding of your plan for our lives, may our spirits be filled with excitement and anticipation. Let your Holy Spirit guide us, and may we continuously seek your will in all that we do.

Lord, we ask for your protection and blessings over mankind. May we be united in love and peace, and may our stories reflect your glory.

We thank you for the dramatic, spiritual, and exciting journey of life that you have set before us. May we trust in your unfailing goodness every step of the way. These things I pray in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen 

“If God had not made Sherry, 

how imperfect his work would have been.”

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