Capture of the City of Rabbah
1In the spring20:1 Lit At the time of the return of the year when kings march out to war,20:1–3 2Sm 12:26–31 Joab led the army and destroyed the Ammonites’ land. He came to Rabbah and besieged it, but David remained in Jerusalem.20:1 2Sm 11:1 Joab attacked Rabbah and demolished it.
2Then David took the crown from the head of their king,20:2 LXX, Vg read of Milcom20:2 = Molech; 1Kg 11:5,720:2 1Kg 11:5,7 and it was placed on David’s head. He found that the crown weighed seventy-five pounds20:2 Lit a talent of gold, and there was a precious stone in it. In addition, David took away a large quantity of plunder from the city.
3He brought out the people who were in it and put them to work with saws,20:3 Text emended; MT reads and sawed them with the saw; 2Sm 12:31 iron picks, and axes.20:3 Text emended; MT reads saws; 2Sm 12:3120:3 2Sm 12:31 David did the same to all the Ammonite cities. Then he and all his troops returned to Jerusalem.
The Philistine Giants
6There was still another battle at Gath where there was a man of extraordinary stature with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot — twenty-four in all. He, too, was descended from the giant.20:6 Or Raphah, also in v. 8
7When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of David’s brother Shimei killed him.
8These were the descendants of the giant in Gath killed by David and his soldiers.
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