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1Ch 20:1-3. RABBAH BESIEGED BY JOAB, SPOILED BY DAVID, AND THE PEOPLE TORTURED.
1. at the time when kings go out to battle--in spring, the usual
season in ancient times for entering on a campaign; that is, a year
subsequent to the Syrian war.
2. David took the crown of their king . . ., and found it
to weigh a talent of gold--equal to one hundred twenty-five pounds.
Some think that Malcom, rendered in our version "their king,"
should be taken as a proper name, Milcom or Molech, the Ammonite idol,
which, of course, might bear a heavy weight. But, like many other
state crowns of Eastern kings, the crown got at Rabbah was not worn on
the head, but suspended by chains of gold above the throne.
3. cut them with saws, &c.--The Hebrew word, "cut them," is, with the difference of the final letter, the same as that rendered "put them," in the parallel passage of Samuel [2Sa 12:31]; and many consider that putting them to saws, axes, and so forth, means nothing more than that David condemned the inhabitants of Rabbah to hard and penal servitude.
1Ch 20:4-8. THREE OVERTHROWS OF THE PHILISTINES AND THREE GIANTS SLAIN.
4. war at Gezer--or Gob (see 2Sa 21:18-22).