1And it came to pass, that after the year was expired, at the time that kings go out to battle, Joab led forth the power of the army, and wasted the country of the children of Ammon, and came and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried at Jerusalem. And Joab smote Rabbah, and destroyed it.20.1 after…: Heb. at the return of the year 2And David took the crown of their king from off his head, and found it to weigh a talent of gold, and there were precious stones in it; and it was set upon David’s head: and he brought also exceeding much spoil out of the city.20.2 to weigh: Heb. the weight of 3And he brought out the people that were in it, and cut them with saws, and with harrows of iron, and with axes. Even so dealt David with all the cities of the children of Ammon. And David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
4¶ And it came to pass after this, that there arose war at Gezer with the Philistines; at which time Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Sippai, that was of the children of the giant: and they were subdued.20.4 arose: or, continued: Heb. stood20.4 Gezer: also called, Gob20.4 Sippai: also called, Saph20.4 the giant: or, Rapha 5And there was war again with the Philistines; and Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, whose spear staff was like a weaver’s beam.20.5 Jair: also called, Jaare-oregim 6And yet again there was war at Gath, where was a man of great stature, whose fingers and toes were four and twenty, six on each hand, and six on each foot: and he also was the son of the giant.20.6 great…: Heb. measure20.6 the son…: Heb. born to the giant, or, Rapha 7But when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea David’s brother slew him.20.7 defied: or, reproached20.7 Shimea: also called Shammah 8These were born unto the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.
A conquista de Rabá
(2 Sm 11.1; 12.26-31)
1Na primavera do ano seguinte, na altura em que as guerras costumam recomeçar, Joabe levou o exército israelita a vitoriosos ataques contra as cidades e aldeias dos amonitas. Depois de as destruir, pôs cerco a Rabá e conquistou-a. David ficara em Jerusalém. 2Deslocando-se ao local da batalha, tirou a coroa da cabeça do rei de Rabá, que se chamava Milcom, e colocou-a na sua própria cabeça. Era feita toda de ouro, com pedras preciosas incrustadas, e pesava 34 quilos. Levou também da cidade grande despojo. 3Obrigou ainda o povo da cidade a trabalhar com serras, machados e picaretas, como era hábito fazer com todos os povos amonitas. David e todo o seu exército regressaram a Jerusalém.
Guerra contra os filisteus
(2 Sm 21.18-22)
4A guerra seguinte foi contra os filisteus em Gezer. Contudo, um homem de Husate, chamado Sibecai, matou um dos filhos dos refaítas Sipai e os filisteus renderam-se.
5Durante outra guerra contra os filisteus, El-Hanã, filho de Jair, matou Lami, irmão de Golias, o giteu, cuja lança era tão grande como a viga dum tecelão.
6Noutra batalha, em Gate, um gigante com seis dedos em cada mão e em cada pé, filho também dum gigante, 7injuriava a nação de Israel; Jónatas, sobrinho de David, filho de Simeia, irmão de David, matou-o.
8Estes gigantes pertenciam à tribo dos gigantes de Gate e foram mortos por elementos das tropas de David.