War with Philistines (ca. 1020 B.C.)War with the Philistines (ca. 1020 B.C.) - "Now when the Philistines were at war again with Israel, David went down and his servants with him; and as they fought against the Philistines, David became weary.  Then Ishbi-benob, who was among the descendants of the giant*, the weight of whose spear was three hundred shekels of bronze in weight, was girded with a new sword, and he intended to kill David.  But Abishai the son of Zeruiah helped him, and struck the Philistine and killed him, saying, 'You shall not go out again with us to battle, so that you do not extinguish the lamp of Israel.'  Now it came about after this that there was war again with the Philistines at Gob; then Sibbecai the Hushathite struck down Saph*, who was among the descendants of the giant.  There was war with the Philistines again at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite*, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.  There was war at Gath again, where there was a man of great stature* who had six features on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number; and he also had been born to the giant.  When he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimei, David's brother, struck him down.  These four were born to the giant in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants." (II Samuel 21:15-22, NASB)


*It's unclear exactly who these four Philistines were.  They may have been Goliath's sons, and one may have been named Goliath himself.  I Chronicles 20:5 refers to Lahmi the brother of Goliath, in which case these four may have been Lahmi's sons.


This war against the Philistines was significant in that it is the last one recorded of David's reign.