Then king Asa made a proclamation throughout all Judah; none was exempted: and they took away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, with which Baasha had built; and king Asa built with them Geba of Benjamin, and Mizpah.
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George Leo Haydock
Excused. "When the country is to be defended, all exemptions cease. "(Leg. ult.) (Calmet)
Septuagint seem to preserve the terms of the original untranslated, "Asa called all.to Annacim. "Hebrew en naki, (Haydock) means, "no one exempt. "(Calmet)
Rama belonged to the enemy; and, as it appears from this passage, was in the vicinity of Maspha. (Haydock)
Gabaa, the city of Saul, (Menochius) adding fresh fortifications, as this and Maspha were frontier towns, against the inroads of Israel. (Haydock)