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David Defeats the Philistines(A)

20 In the spring, the time when kings go out to battle, Joab led the army to war. They destroyed the Ammonites and came to Rabbah to attack it, while David stayed in Jerusalem. Joab defeated Rabbah and tore it down. He took the gold crown from the head of Rabbah’s king and put it on David’s head. (The crown was found to weigh 75 pounds, and in it was a precious stone.) David also took a lot of goods from the city. He brought out the troops who were there and put them to work with saws, hoes, and axes.[a] He did the same to all the Ammonite cities. Then David and all the troops returned to Jerusalem.

After this, war broke out with the Philistines at Gezer. Then Sibbecai from Hushah[b] killed Sippai, a descendant of Haraphah, and the Philistines were defeated. When more fighting broke out with the Philistines, Elhanan, son of Jair, killed Lahmi, the brother of Goliath from Gath. (The shaft of Lahmi’s spear was like a beam used by weavers.) In another battle at Gath, there was a tall man who had 24 fingers and toes: six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. He also was a descendant of Haraphah. When he challenged Israel, Jonathan, son of David’s brother Shimea, killed him. These men were the descendants of Haraphah from Gath, and David and his men killed them.


  1. 1 Chronicles 20:3 One Hebrew manuscript, 2 Samuel 12:31; other Hebrew manuscripts “saws.”
  2. 1 Chronicles 20:4 Or “a descendant of Hushah.”