battering ram

battering ram

A war engine that usually consisted of a heavy wooden ramrod, probably metal tipped, suspended within a wooden tower in a fashion that allowed it to be worked back and forth. Biblical references to battering rams include possibly (2Sam 20:15), which speaks of Joab “battering” the walls of Abel of Beth-maacah. The prophecies of (Ezek 4:2); (Ezek 21:22); and (Ezek 26:9) depict the siege of Jerusalem and Tyre with a surrounding ramp topped with battering rams (Isa 22:5).

2Sam 20:15

15Joab's forces came and besieged him in Abel of Beth-maacah; they threw up a siege ramp against the city, and it stood against the rampart. Joab's forces were ... View more

Ezek 4:2

2and put siegeworks against it, and build a siege wall against it, and cast up a ramp against it; set camps also against it, and plant battering rams against it ... View more

Ezek 21:22

22Into his right hand comes the lot for Jerusalem, to set battering rams, to call out for slaughter, for raising the battle cry, to set battering rams against t ... View more

Ezek 26:9

9He shall direct the shock of his battering rams against your walls
and break down your towers with his axes.

Isa 22:5

5For the Lord GOD of hosts has a day
of tumult and trampling and confusion
in the valley of vision,
a battering down of walls
and a cry for help to the mountain ... View more

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