Joab did not think much of taking innocent lives

2 Samuel Bible Background

04.24.2019 – Old Testament: 2Sa 11.18–21

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 10–12 on April 24, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

David wanted Joab to put Uriah the Hittite in a place during battle where he would die, and Joab did not seem to think anything of it, for he himself often killed innocent people, even as Uriah was innocent:

Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war, and charged the messenger, saying, “When you have finished telling the matters of the war to the king, if it happens that the king’s wrath rises, and he says to you: Why did you approach so near to the city when you fought? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall? Who struck Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Was it not a woman who cast a piece of a millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? Why did you go near the wall?—then you shall say, Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.”

– 2 Samuel 11.18–21

It was no big deal to Joab that Uriah died and Joab believed David would accept it as well, but later when the Lord exposed what David had done, his remorse was deep and he repented of his sin. The Bible does not record any repentance on Joab’s part.

Be sure that you do not hurt people so often that it ceases to bother you. Someday you will have to answer to God for it.


  • Do you remember any people whom you have hurt?
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