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20 And it came about at the time of the year’s return,+ at the time that kings sally forth,+ that Joʹab proceeded to lead the combat force of the army+ and lay the land of the sons of Amʹmon in ruin and to come and besiege Rabʹbah,+ while David was dwelling in Jerusalem; and Joʹab went on to strike+ Rabʹbah and throw it down. 2 But David took the crown of Malʹcam* off its head,+ and found it to be a talent* of gold in weight, and in it there were precious stones;* and it came to be on David’s head. And the spoil of the city that he brought out was very much.+ 3 And the people that were in it he brought out, and he kept them employed+ at sawing stones and at sharp instruments of iron and at axes;*+ and that was the way David proceeded to do to all the cities of the sons of Amʹmon. Finally David and all the people returned to Jerusalem. 4 And it came about after this that war began breaking out at Geʹzer+ with the Phi·lisʹtines.+ It was then that Sibʹbe·cai+ the Huʹshath·ite struck down Sipʹpai* of those born of the Rephʹa·im,*+ so that they were subdued. 5 And there came to be war again with the Phi·lisʹtines; and El·haʹnan+ the son of Jaʹir got to strike down Lahʹmi the brother of Go·liʹath+ the Gitʹtite,* the shaft of whose spear was like the beam of loom workers.+ 6 And there came to be war again at Gath,+ when there happened to be a man of extraordinary size+ whose fingers and toes were in sixes, twenty-four;+ and he, too, had been born to the Rephʹa·im.*+ 7 And he kept taunting+ Israel. Finally Jonʹa·than* the son of Shimʹe·a+ the brother of David struck him down. 8 These were the ones that had been born to the Rephʹa·im+ in Gath;+ and they came to fall+ by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.
^ See App 8A.
^ Or, “there was a precious stone.”
^ “The Rephaim.” BHK(Heb.), ha·Repha·ʼimʹ; Vg, “Raphaim”; LXX, “the giants.”
^ Or, “Goliath of Gath.”
^ Lit., “to the Rapha.” Heb., leha·Ra·phaʼʹ. The father’s name here is taken to stand for the entire race of giants.
^ Lit., “Jehonathan.”