The military tactic of surrounding a community, cutting off its supplies, and reducing its resistance to the point of surrender or destruction. Biblical references to siegeworks, siege towers, and siege mounds indicate common experience with the process (Deut 20:20; 2Kgs 25:1; Job 19:12; Eccl 9:14; Isa 29:3; Dan 11:15). Ezekiel’s description of a siege is quite graphic and accurate, combining a siege wall, a ramp, camps, and battering rams (Ezek 4:2-3). One of the longest sieges in biblical history occurred at Samaria; the city held out for three years against the Assyrians before capitulating in 722 BCE.

Deut 20:20

20You may destroy only the trees that you know do not produce food; you may cut them down for use in building siegeworks against the town that makes war with yo ... View more

2Kgs 25:1

1And in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came with all his army against Jerusalem, ... View more

Job 19:12

12His troops come on together;
they have thrown up siegeworks against me,
and encamp around my tent.

Eccl 9:14

14There was a little city with few people in it. A great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it.

Isa 29:3

3And like David I will encamp against you;
I will besiege you with towers
and raise siegeworks against you.

Dan 11:15

15Then the king of the north shall come and throw up siegeworks, and take a well-fortified city. And the forces of the south shall not stand, not even his picke ... View more

Ezek 4:2-3

2and put siegeworks against it, and build a siege wall against it, and cast up a ramp against it; set camps also against it, and plant battering rams against it ... View more

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