Joab had an innocent man killed

2 Samuel Bible Background

04.24.2018 – Old Testament: 2Sa 11.14–17

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 10–12 on April 24, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

After David committed adultery with Bathsheba, he worked to have her husband killed in battle, asking Joab to put Uriah in a dangerous place in the battle and then to withdraw from him,

In the morning it happened that David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.” So it was, while Joab besieged the city, that he assigned Uriah to a place where he knew there were valiant men. Then the men of the city came out and fought with Joab. And some of the people of the servants of David fell; and Uriah the Hittite died also (2 Samuel 11.14–17).

We all know that David sinned, but here Joab all too willingly complied with his uncle’s wishes and had Uriah, one of the mighty men of David, killed in battle. How could Joab live with himself after doing something of this nature?


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