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Then Menahem struck Tiphsah and all who were in it and its territory from Tirzah, because they did not open to him. So he struck it, and all the women in it who were with child he ripped up. Bible

“and its territory.” A powerful town would control the territory around it, and draw support from the people in that territory. The ancient versions differ as to the names of the towns. For example, the Septuagint text has Tirzah instead of Tiphsah, and thus has Tirzah twice.

“and all the women in it who were with child he ripped up.” Tyrants are generally cold and heartless, and use horrific methods to produce fear in people and thus control them.


Commentary for: 2 Kings 15:16