Kiriath Baal (that is, Kiriath Jearim) and Rabbah – a total of two cities and their towns.
1 So Joab fought against Rabbah of the Ammonites and captured the royal city.
So David assembled all the army and went to Rabbah and fought against it and captured it.
Mark out the routes for the sword to take: “Rabbah of the Ammonites” and “Judah with Jerusalem in it.” 1
In the spring, at the time when kings normally conduct wars, 1 Joab led the army into battle and devastated the land of the Ammonites. He went and besieged Rabbah, while David stayed in Jerusalem. Joab defeated Rabbah and tore it down.
Joab then sent messengers to David, saying, “I have fought against Rabbah and have captured the water supply of the city. 1
When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi the son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, Makir the son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim
I will make Rabbah a pasture for camels and Ammon 1 a resting place for sheep. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
In the spring of the year, at the time when kings 1 normally conduct wars, 2 David sent out Joab with his officers 3 and the entire Israelite army. 4 They defeated the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed behind in Jerusalem. 5
Only King Og of Bashan was left of the remaining Rephaites. (It is noteworthy 1 that his sarcophagus 2 was made of iron. 3 Does it not, indeed, still remain in Rabbath 4 of the Ammonites? It is thirteen and a half feet 5 long and six feet 6 wide according to standard measure.) 7
Because you did that, I, the Lord, affirm that 1 a time is coming when I will make Rabbah, the capital city of Ammon, hear the sound of the battle cry. It will become a mound covered with ruins. 2 Its villages will be burned to the ground. 3 Then Israel will take back its land from those who took their land from them. I, the Lord, affirm it! 4
Wail, you people in Heshbon, because Ai in Ammon is destroyed. Cry out in anguish, you people in the villages surrounding 1 Rabbah. Put on sackcloth and cry out in mourning. Run about covered with gashes. 2 For your god Milcom will go into exile along with his priests and officials. 3
They say to the people: 1 “Journey over to Calneh and look at it! Then go from there to Hamath-Rabbah! 2 Then go down to Gath of the Philistines! Are they superior to our two 3 kingdoms? Is their territory larger than yours?” 4
He removed 1 the people who were in it and made them do hard labor with saws, iron picks, and iron axes, putting them to work at the brick kiln. This was his policy 2 with all the Ammonite cities. Then David and all the army returned to Jerusalem. 3