Joab Destroys the Ammonites
1 In the spring,* In the spring Literally, “At the return of the year.” Joab led the army of Israel out to battle. That was the time of year when kings went out to battle, but David stayed in Jerusalem. The army of Israel went to the country of Ammon and destroyed it. Then they went to the city of Rabbah. The army camped around the city—they stayed there to keep people from going in or out of the city. Joab and the army of Israel fought against the city of Rabbah until they destroyed it.
2 David took the crown from their king’s† their king’s Or “Milcom,” the god of the Ammonite people. head. That gold crown weighed about 75 pounds‡ 75 pounds Literally, “1 talent” (34.5 kg). and there were valuable stones in it. The crown was put on David’s head. Then David had a great many valuable things brought out of the city of Rabbah. 3 He brought out the people in Rabbah and forced them to work with saws, iron picks, and axes. He did the same thing to all the cities of the Ammonites. Then David and all the army went back to Jerusalem.
Philistine Giants Are Killed
4 Later, the Israelites went to war with the Philistines at the town of Gezer. At that time Sibbecai from Hushah killed Sippai, who was one of the sons of the giants. So those Philistines became like slaves to the Israelites.
5 Another time when the Israelites fought against the Philistines, Elhanan son of Jair killed Lahmi. Lahmi was Goliath’s brother. Goliath was from the town of Gath. Lahmi’s spear was very big and heavy. It was like the large pole on a loom.
6 Later, the Israelites fought another war with the Philistines at the town of Gath. In this town there was a very large man. He had 24 fingers and toes. He had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. He also was a son of the giants. 7 So when that man made fun of Israel, Jonathan killed him. Jonathan was Shimea’s son. Shimea was David’s brother.
8 These Philistine men were sons of the giants from the town of Gath. David and his servants killed those giants.
*20:1 In the spring Literally, “At the return of the year.”
†20:2 their king’s Or “Milcom,” the god of the Ammonite people.
‡20:2 75 pounds Literally, “1 talent” (34.5 kg).