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14 Sheba[a] passed through all the tribes of Israel to Abel of Beth-maacah;[b] and all the Bichrites[c] assembled, and followed him inside. 15 Joab’s forces[d] came and besieged him in Abel of Beth-maacah; they threw up a siege ramp against the city, and it stood against the rampart. Joab’s forces were battering the wall to break it down. 16 Then a wise woman called from the city, “Listen! Listen! Tell Joab, ‘Come here, I want to speak to you.’”

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  1. 2 Samuel 20:14 Heb He
  2. 2 Samuel 20:14 Compare 20.15: Heb and Beth-maacah
  3. 2 Samuel 20:14 Compare Gk Vg: Heb Berites
  4. 2 Samuel 20:15 Heb They