Cruelty and Violence
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Dwindling in Unbelief
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1 Chronicles 20
(20:1) "Joab ... wasted the country of the children of Ammon,
and ... smote Rabbah, and destroyed it."|
David's army massacres the people of Ammon and Rabbah.
God's 81st Killing
(20:2) "David took the crown of their king from off his head, and found it to weigh a talent of gold ...
and tt was set upon David's head."
David puts on a crown weighing 1 talent (somewhere between 26 and 60
(He had a very strong neck.)
(20:3) "He ... cut them with saws, and with harrows of iron, and with axes."
David tortured or enslaved (depending on translation) all the inhabitants of several cities.
(20:4) "The children of the giant"
(20:5) "Elhanan ... slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath."
Whom did Elhanan kill?
"A man of great stature ... he also was the son of a giant."
And 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.
And 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.
And 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.
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.
And 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
And 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.
But when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea David's brother slew
"These were born unto the giant in Gath."
These were born unto the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand of
David, and by the hand of his servants.
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- The Bible's
guide to torture
- David, a man after God's own
- The Heroes of Faith
- God's 81st Killing: Thus did David
unto all the children of Ammon (20:1-3)
- Christian Response
- SAB Author Answered