17 And when he came near unto her, the woman said, Art thou Joab? And he answered, Yea. And she said to him, Hear the words of thine handmaid. And he answered, I do hear.

18 Then she spake thus, [a]They spake in the old time, saying, They should ask of Abel: and so they have continued.

19 I am [b]one of them that are peaceable, and faithful in Israel: and thou goest about to destroy a city, and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou devour the inheritance of the Lord?

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  1. 2 Samuel 20:18 She showeth that the old custom was not to destroy a city before peace was offered, Deut. 20:10, 11.
  2. 2 Samuel 20:19 She speaketh in the name of the city.

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