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1 Chronicles 20:1-3 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Capture of the City of Rabbah

20 In the spring[a] when kings march out to war, Joab led the army and destroyed the Ammonites’ land. He came to Rabbah and besieged it, but David remained in Jerusalem. Joab attacked Rabbah and demolished it. Then David took the crown from the head of their king,[b][c] and it was placed on David’s head. He found that the crown weighed seventy-five pounds[d] of gold, and there was a precious stone in it. In addition, David took away a large quantity of plunder from the city. He brought out the people who were in it and put them to work with saws,[e] iron picks, and axes.[f] David did the same to all the Ammonite cities. Then he and all his troops returned to Jerusalem.


  1. 20:1 Lit At the time of the return of the year
  2. 20:2 LXX, Vg read of Milcom
  3. 20:2 = Molech; 1Kg 11:5,7
  4. 20:2 Lit a talent
  5. 20:3 Text emended; MT reads and sawed them with the saw; 2Sm 12:31
  6. 20:3 Text emended; MT reads saws; 2Sm 12:31
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1 Chronicles 20:1-3 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Siege and Capture of Rabbah

20 In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, Joab led out the army, ravaged the country of the Ammonites, and came and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. Joab attacked Rabbah, and overthrew it. David took the crown of Milcom[a] from his head; he found that it weighed a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone; and it was placed on David’s head. He also brought out the booty of the city, a very great amount. He brought out the people who were in it, and set them to work[b] with saws and iron picks and axes.[c] Thus David did to all the cities of the Ammonites. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.


  1. 1 Chronicles 20:2 Gk Vg See 1 Kings 11.5, 33: MT of their king
  2. 1 Chronicles 20:3 Compare 2 Sam 12.31: Heb and he sawed
  3. 1 Chronicles 20:3 Compare 2 Sam 12.31: Heb saws
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