In the spring of the year, 1 when kings normally go out to war, Joab led the Israelite army in successful attacks against the land of the Ammonites. In the process he laid siege to the city of Rabbah. However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem.
2 When David arrived at Rabbah, he removed the crown from the king’s head, 2 and it was placed on his own head. The crown was made of gold and set with gems, and he found that it weighed seventy-five pounds. 3 David took a vast amount of plunder from the city. 3 He also made slaves of the people of Rabbah and forced them to labor with saws, iron picks, and iron axes. 4 That is how David dealt with the people of all the Ammonite towns. Then David and all the army returned to Jerusalem.