Then a wise woman called from the city, "Listen! Listen! Tell Joab, 'Come here, that I may speak to you.'"
And he came near her, and the woman said, "Are you Joab?" He answered, "I am." Then she said to him, "Listen to the words of your servant." And he answered, "I am listening."
Then she said, "They used to say in former times, 'Let them but ask counsel at 1Abel,' and so they settled 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 2swallow up 3the heritage of the LORD?"
Joab answered, "Far be it from me, far be it, that I should 4swallow up or destroy!
That is not true. But a man of 5the hill country of Ephraim, called Sheba the son of Bichri, has lifted up his hand against King David. Give up him alone, and I will withdraw from the city." And the woman said to Joab, "Behold, his head shall be thrown to you over the wall."