2 Samuel 20:14-26 - Wisdom From A Woman Under Siege

2 Samuel 20:14-26 - Wisdom From A Woman Under Siege

14 Now he went through all the tribes of Israel to Abel, even Beth-maacah, and all the Berites; and they were gathered together and also went after him. 15 They came and besieged him in Abel Beth-maacah, and they cast up a siege ramp against the city, and it stood by the rampart; and all the people who were with Joab were wreaking destruction in order to topple the wall. 16 Then a wise woman called from the city, "Hear, hear! Please tell Joab, 'Come here that I may speak with you.'"

17 So he approached her, and the woman said, "Are you Joab?" And he answered, "I am." Then she said to him, "Listen to the words of your maidservant." And he answered, "I am listening."

18 Then she spoke, saying, "Formerly they used to say, 'They will surely ask advice at Abel,' and thus they ended the dispute. 19 "I am of those who are peaceable and faithful in Israel. You are seeking to destroy a city, even a mother in Israel Why would you swallow up the inheritance of the LORD?"

20 Joab replied, "Far be it, far be it from me that I should swallow up or destroy! 21 "Such is not the case. But a man from the hill country of Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, has lifted up his hand against King David. Only hand him over, and I will depart from the city." And the woman said to Joab, "Behold, his head will be thrown to you over the wall." 22 Then the woman wisely came to all the people And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri and threw it to Joab So he blew the trumpet, and they were dispersed from the city, each to his tent. Joab also returned to the king at Jerusalem.

23 Now Joab was over the whole army of Israel, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; 24 and Adoram was over the forced labor, and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was the recorder; 25 and Sheva was scribe, and Zadok and Abiathar were priests; 26 and Ira the Jairite was also a priest to David.

2 Samuel 20:4-13 - Joab Assassinates Amasa

2 Samuel 21:15-22 - Battles With The Philistines Recounted

2 Samuel 22:1-51 - The Victory Song Of David

2 Samuel 23:8-23 - David's Faithful Soldiers

2 Samuel 24:18-25 - David's Altar

2 Samuel 20:14-26 - Wisdom From A Woman Under Siege

1 Kings 1:7-27 - Adonijah Tries To Become King

1 Kings 2:1-12 - David's Instructions For Solomon

1 Kings 3:1-4 - Solomon's Walk With Yahweh

1 Kings 4:21-28 - Solomon's Wisdom: Prosperity

1 Kings 5:13-18 - Solomon's Work Force

Definitions of siege



a military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies, with the aim of compelling the surrender of those inside.

Verdun had withstood a siege of ten weeks


blockade encirclement

Examples of Siege

Several historians of the 1569 Protestant siege on Poitiers provide detailed descriptions of the city's topography.

Synonyms of siege


blockade encirclement

beleaguering besieging