I am among those who are peaceable and faithful in Israel. You seek to destroy a city and a mother in Israel. Why will you swallow up the inheritance of Yahweh?” Bible see other translations

“mother.” Here in 2 Samuel 20:19, the “mother” can be either or both the “mother-city” or the wise mothers in Israel. A mother-city is a city that is strong and usually well fortified and supports the smaller villages and towns around it, which are sometimes referred to as “daughters” (see commentary on Josh. 15:45). In this case, the city of Abel was a “mother” in Israel.

Commentary for: 2 Samuel 20:19