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2 Samuel 8:1. Not in the parallel 1 Chronicles 18:1. The name Metheg-Ammah must have fallen into disuse, originally designating the region wherein Gath was. Rather it is figurative: "David took the bridle of the mother (Gath the metropolis, i.e. wrested the supremacy) out of the hand of the Philistines." The Arabic idiom for submission is to give up one's bridle to another. The phrase "Gath and her daughter towns" (Hebrew, 1 Chronicles 18:1) favors the rendering "mother." Gath became tributary to David.

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Fausset, Andrew Robert M.A., D.D., "Definition for 'metheg-ammah' Fausset's Bible Dictionary". - Fausset's; 1878.

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