20In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, Joab led out the army, ravaged the country of the Ammonites, and came and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. Joab attacked Rabbah, and overthrew it. 2David took the crown of Milcom* from his head; he found that it weighed a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone; and it was placed on Davids head. He also brought out the booty of the city, a very great amount. 3He brought out the people who were in it, and set them to work* with saws and iron picks and axes.* Thus David did to all the cities of the Ammonites. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
4 After this, war broke out with the Philistines at Gezer; then Sibbecai the Hushathite killed Sippai, who was one of the descendants of the giants; and the Philistines were subdued. 5Again there was war with the Philistines; and Elhanan son of Jair killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weavers beam. 6Again there was war at Gath, where there was a man of great size, who had six fingers on each hand, and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number; he also was descended from the giants. 7When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, Davids brother, killed him. 8These were descended from the giants in Gath; they fell by the hand of David and his servants.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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