And Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah, and built Ramah, that he might not allow any to go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.
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George Leo Haydock
Rama, fortifying it with a wall all round, 2 Paralipomenon xvi. (Haydock)
Rama signifies, "a height. "This fort commanded a narrow pass, between the two kingdoms, (Calmet) and cut off all communication; which Baasa dreaded, lest his subjects should return to the service of the true God, and of Juda. (Haydock)
Josue (xviii. 25.) mentions Rama, near Gaboan, (Calmet) about five miles north of Jerusalem. (St. Jerome)
There was another towards the south. (Menochius)
But there the king of Israel would have no power. (Haydock)