Then she said, "They used to say in the old days, "Let them inquire at Abel'; and so they would settle a matter.
I am one of those who are peaceable and faithful in Israel; you seek to destroy a city that is a mother in Israel; why will you swallow up the heritage of the Lord?"
Joab answered, "Far be it from me, far be it, that I should swallow up or destroy!
That is not the case! But a man of the hill country of Ephraim, called Sheba son of Bichri, has lifted up his hand against King David; give him up alone, and I will withdraw from the city." The woman said to Joab, "His head shall be thrown over the wall to you."
Then the woman went to all the people with her wise plan. And they cut off the head of Sheba son of Bichri, and threw it out to Joab. So he blew the trumpet, and they dispersed from the city, and all went to their homes, while Joab returned to Jerusalem to the king.
Now Joab was in command of all the army of Israel; a Benaiah son of Jehoiada was in command of the Cherethites and the Pelethites;
Adoram was in charge of the forced labor; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the recorder;
Sheva was secretary; Zadok and Abiathar were priests;
and Ira the Jairite was also David's priest.
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