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14 Meanwhile Sheba had traveled across Israel to mobilize his own clan of Bichri at the city of Abel in Beth-maacah. 15 When Joab’s forces arrived, they besieged Abel and built a mound to the top of the city wall and began battering it down.

16 But a wise woman in the city called out to Joab, “Listen to me, Joab. Come over here so I can talk to you.”

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14 Sheba passed through all the tribes of Israel to Abel Beth Maakah and through the entire region of the Bikrites,[a](A) who gathered together and followed him. 15 All the troops with Joab came and besieged Sheba in Abel Beth Maakah.(B) They built a siege ramp(C) up to the city, and it stood against the outer fortifications. While they were battering the wall to bring it down, 16 a wise woman(D) called from the city, “Listen! Listen! Tell Joab to come here so I can speak to him.”

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  1. 2 Samuel 20:14 See Septuagint and Vulgate; Hebrew Berites.