And when the woman of Tekoah spake to the king
Or after she had spoken to him, being introduced by Joab, as is probable; when she had saluted him with God save the king, or May the king live, or some such like expressions:
she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance;
to him as her king, in reverence of his majesty:
and said, help, O king;
signifying that she was in great distress, and came to him for assistance and deliverance.