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1 Chronicles 20 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

The End of the War with Ammon

20 The next spring, the time when kings go to war, Joab marched out in command of the Israelite army and destroyed towns all over the country of Ammon. He attacked the capital city of Rabbah and left it in ruins. But David stayed in Jerusalem.

Later, David himself went to Rabbah, where he took the crown from the statue of their god Milcom.[a] The crown was made of seventy-five pounds of gold, and there was a valuable jewel on it. David put the jewel on his crown,[b] then carried off everything else of value. He forced the people of Rabbah to work with saws, iron picks, and axes. He also did the same thing with the people in all the other Ammonite towns.

David then led Israel’s army back to Jerusalem.

The Descendants of the Rephaim

Some time later, Israel fought a battle against the Philistines at Gezer. During this battle, Sibbecai from Hushah killed Sippai, a descendant of the Rephaim,[c] and the Philistines were defeated.

In another battle against the Philistines, Elhanan the son of Jair killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath from Gath, whose spear shaft was like a weaver’s beam.[d]

Another one of the Philistine soldiers who was a descendant of the Rephaim was as big as a giant and had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. During a battle at Gath, he made fun of Israel, so David’s nephew Jonathan[e] killed him.

David and his soldiers killed these three men from Gath who were descendants of the Rephaim.

Footnotes:

  1. 20.2 the statue of their god Milcom: Or “their king.”
  2. 20.2 David put the jewel on his crown: Or “David put the crown on his head.”
  3. 20.4 Rephaim: This may refer to a group of people that lived in Palestine before the Israelites and who were famous for their large size.
  4. 20.5 weaver’s beam: When a weaver made cloth, one set of threads was tied onto a large wooden rod that was known as a weaver’s beam.
  5. 20.7 David’s nephew Jonathan: Hebrew “Jonathan son of Shimea, David’s brother.”

1 Chronicles 20 New International Version (NIV)

The Capture of Rabbah

20 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, Joab led out the armed forces. He laid waste the land of the Ammonites and went to Rabbah and besieged it, but David remained in Jerusalem. Joab attacked Rabbah and left it in ruins. David took the crown from the head of their king[a]—its weight was found to be a talent[b] of gold, and it was set with precious stones—and it was placed on David’s head. He took a great quantity of plunder from the city and brought out the people who were there, consigning them to labor with saws and with iron picks and axes. David did this to all the Ammonite towns. Then David and his entire army returned to Jerusalem.

War With the Philistines

In the course of time, war broke out with the Philistines, at Gezer. At that time Sibbekai the Hushathite killed Sippai, one of the descendants of the Rephaites, and the Philistines were subjugated.

In another battle with the Philistines, Elhanan son of Jair killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver’s rod.

In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha. When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him.

These were descendants of Rapha in Gath, and they fell at the hands of David and his men.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Chronicles 20:2 Or of Milkom, that is, Molek
  2. 1 Chronicles 20:2 That is, about 75 pounds or about 34 kilograms
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