Capture of the City of Rabbah
1In the spring Lit At the time of the return of the year when kings march out to war, 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. 2Sm 11:1 Joab attacked Rabbah and demolished it.
2Then David took the crown from the head of their king, LXX, Vg read of Milcom = Molech; 1Kg 11:5,7 1Kg 11:5,7 and it was placed on David’s head. He found that the crown weighed 75 pounds 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, Text emended; MT reads and sawed them with the saw ; 2Sm 12:31 iron picks, and axes. Text emended; MT reads saws ; 2Sm 12:31 2Sm 12:31 David did the same to all the Ammonite cities. Then he and all his troops returned to Jerusalem.
The Philistine Giants
4After this, 2Sm 21:18-22 a war broke out with the Philistines at Gezer. At that time Sibbecai the Hushathite killed Sippai, a descendant of the giants, Or the Rephaites and the Philistines were subdued.
5Once again there was a battle with the Philistines, and Elhanan son of Jair killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite. The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam. 1Sm 17:7; 1Ch 11:23
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 — 24 in all. He, too, was descended from the giant. Or Raphah
7When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of David’s brother Shimei killed him.
8These were the descendants of the giant Or Raphah in Gath killed by David and his soldiers.