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1 Chronicles 20 International Standard Version (ISV)

The Capture of Rabbah

20 Later the next spring, at the time that kings go out to fight, Joab led out the army, ravaged the territory of the Ammonites, and then went out and attacked Rabbah, while David remained behind in Jerusalem. Joab besieged Rabbah and conquered it. David confiscated the crown of their king[a] from his head, and found that its weight was a talent[b] in gold. A precious stone had been set in it, and it was placed on David’s head. He also confiscated a great amount of war booty that had been plundered from the city, brought back the people who had lived in it, and put them to conscripted labor with saws, iron picks, and axes. David did this to every Ammonite city, and then David and his entire army[c] returned to Jerusalem.

Fighting Philistine Giants

Afterwards, war broke out against the Philistines at Gezer, where Sibbecai the Hushathite killed Sippai, one of the descendants of the Rephaim,[d] defeating the Philistines. There was also another battle against the Philistines, when Jair’s son Elhanan killed Lahmi the Gittite, Goliath’s brother, whose spear was as big as[e] a weaver’s beam. There was also a battle at Gath, where there was a very tall man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—for a total of 24 digits—who was a descendant of the Rephaim.[f] When he challenged Israel, Shimei’s son Jonathan, David’s nephew,[g] killed him. These descendants from the giants in Gath died at the hands of David and his servants.


  1. 1 Chronicles 20:2 Lit. of Malcam; LXX reads king Molchol. Cf. 1King 11:5, 33; Zeph 1:5
  2. 1 Chronicles 20:2 I.e. about 75 pounds; a talent weighed about 75 pounds
  3. 1 Chronicles 20:3 Lit. people
  4. 1 Chronicles 20:4 Or the giants
  5. 1 Chronicles 20:5 Lit. was like
  6. 1 Chronicles 20:6 Or the giants
  7. 1 Chronicles 20:7 Lit. brother
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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.


  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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