New International Version
From watchtower to fortified city, he defeated the Philistines, as far as Gaza and its territory.
King James Bible
He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.
Darby Bible Translation
He smote the Philistines unto Gazah and its borders, from the watchmen's tower to the fortified city.
World English Bible
He struck the Philistines to Gaza and its borders, from the tower of the watchmen to the fortified city.
Young's Literal Translation
he hath smitten the Philistines unto Gaza, and its borders, from a tower of watchers unto the fenced city.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
From the tower of the watchmen - See the same words, 2 Kings 17:9 (note). It seems a proverbial mode of expression: he reduced every kind of fortification; nothing was able to stand before him.
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2 Kings 17:9
The Israelites secretly did things against the LORD their God that were not right. From watchtower to fortified city they built themselves high places in all their towns.
2 Chronicles 28:18
while the Philistines had raided towns in the foothills and in the Negev of Judah. They captured and occupied Beth Shemesh, Aijalon and Gederoth, as well as Soko, Timnah and Gimzo, with their surrounding villages.
Do not rejoice, all you Philistines, that the rod that struck you is broken; from the root of that snake will spring up a viper, its fruit will be a darting, venomous serpent.
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