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Joab(jō`ăb), in the Bible, son of David's sister Zeruiah and commander of his uncle's armies. A trusted and skillful administrator, he was often vindictive and cruel, as in his killing of Abner, Absalom, and Amasa. David's dying curse on Joab is remarkable. For his support of Adonijah, Solomon had him put to death.
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admonishes David for ingratitude to troops and servants. [O.T.: II Samuel 19:1–8]
murders two fellow commanders; sides with usurper, Adonijah. [O.T.: I Kings 2:32]
kills Abner, murderer of his brother. [O.T.: II Samuel 3:27]
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Old Testament the successful commander of King David's forces and the slayer of Abner and Absalom (II Samuel 2:18--23; 3:24--27; 18:14--15)
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