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17 He approached her, and the woman said, “Are you Joab?”

He said, “I am.”

She said to him, “Listen to the words of your servant.”

He said, “I am listening.”

18 She said, “In former times they always said, ‘Let them ask in Abel.’ That is how they settled things. 19 I am one of the peaceful, faithful people of Israel. You are seeking to put to death a whole city that is a mother in Israel. Why do you want to swallow up the inheritance of the Lord?”

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