But it could not be Moses that said this, because Moses could know nothing about Rabbah, nor of what was in it.
However, we had some fish for dinner in “Rabbah, the city of waters.”
Rabbah was to be a sheep-fold, Babylon a menagerie of wild beasts—a very specific difference and very improbable.
It appears that David did not destroy the city of Rabbah, as he had intended.
And David went to Rabbah, and fought against it, and took it.
Rabbah once saw a sea-monster on the day it was brought forth, and it was as large as Mount Tabor.
Rabbah was not a city belonging to this giant king, nor was it one of the cities that Moses took.
When David arrived at Rabbah with fresh troops, he succeeded in subduing the whole town, and in obtaining rich booty.
Rabbah, of Ammon, was to become a stable for camels and a couching place for flocks.
Rabbah was to be a sheepfold, Babylon a menagerie of wild beasts; a very specific difference, and very improbable.
or Rab'bath, great. (1.) "Rabbath of the children of Ammon," the chief city of the Ammonites, among the eastern hills, some 20 miles east of the Jordan, on the southern of the two streams which united with the Jabbok. Here the bedstead of Og was preserved (Deut. 3:11), perhaps as a trophy of some victory gained by the Ammonites over the king of Bashan. After David had subdued all their allies in a great war, he sent Joab with a strong force to take their city. For two years it held out against its assailants. It was while his army was engaged in this protracted siege that David was guilty of that deed of shame which left a blot on his character and cast a gloom over the rest of his life. At length, having taken the "royal city" (or the "city of waters," 2 Sam. 12:27, i.e., the lower city on the river, as distinguished from the citadel), Joab sent for David to direct the final assault (11:1; 12:26-31). The city was given up to plunder, and the people were ruthlessly put to death, and "thus did he with all the cities of the children of Ammon." The destruction of Rabbath was the last of David's conquests. His kingdom now reached its farthest limits (2 Sam. 8:1-15; 1 Chr. 18:1-15). The capture of this city is referred to by Amos (1:14), Jeremiah (49:2, 3), and Ezekiel (21:20; 25:5). (2.) A city in the hill country of Judah (Josh. 15:60), possibly the ruin Rubba, six miles north-east of Beit-Jibrin.