2 Samuel 20:15

15 All the troops with Joab came and besieged Sheba in Abel Beth Maakah. They built a siege ramp up to the city, and it stood against the outer fortifications. While they were battering the wall to bring it down,

Read 2 Samuel 20:15 Using Other Translations

And they came and besieged him in Abel of Bethmaachah, and they cast up a bank against the city, and it stood in the trench: and all the people that were with Joab battered the wall, to throw it down.
And all the men who were with Joab came and besieged him in Abel of Beth-maacah. They cast up a mound against the city, and it stood against the rampart, and they were battering the wall to throw it down.
When Joab’s forces arrived, they attacked Abel-beth-maacah. They built a siege ramp against the town’s fortifications and began battering down the wall.

What does 2 Samuel 20:15 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Samuel 20:15

And they came and besieged him in Abel of Bethmaachah
That is, Joab and Abishai, with the forces under them, who pursued him hither:

and they cast up a bank against the city;
which some understand of a warlike machine or engine, with which stones were cast; but it rather seems to be a bank of earth thrown up, for the better working of such engines to more advantage against the city, by throwing from thence darts into the city, or stones against the walls of it, to batter it down; such banks were used in sieges, as that Caesar's soldiers raised in twenty five days, which was three hundred thirty feet broad, and eighty feet high F26; Kimchi interprets this of filling up the ditches round about the city with dust and earth, and so making it level, whereby they could come the more easily to the walls and batter them, or scale them, and take the city by storm:

and it stood in the trench;
the army under Joab stood where the trench round the city had been, now filled up:

and all the people that [were] with Joab battered the wall to throw it
down;
with their engines, or whatever battering instruments they had; so, often, as Hesiod F1 says, a whole city suffers for one bad man.


FOOTNOTES:

F26 Caesar. Comment. l. 7. c. 24.
F1 Opera & Dies, l. 1. ver. 236.
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