American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- In the Bible, the nephew and adviser of David whose military victories greatly strengthened David's monarchy. His violent acts of revenge to protect David led to his execution under Solomon.
- n. biblical The nephew of King David, and son of Zeruiah
“No wonder, then, that while this act of friendly gratulation after long absence occupied Amasa's attention, he did not perceive the sword that was in Joab's left hand.”
“After this David called Joab, and bade him number the people of Israel, and so Joab walked through all the tribes of”
“A soldier conjoined his name with David's, and such a magic spell was in the word "Joab," that all the people "went on" -- Amasa's men as well as the rest.”
“Joab," he said, "this youth will, henceforth, make one of your party.”
“She started to read in her impeccably clear, lilting, Bible-reading voice, enunciating each word c-r-i-s-p-l-y and pronouncing the biblical names perfectly: Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah.”
“Unfortunately for him, David knew what he was up to and had his son, Solomon put Joab down when he was on his deathbed.”
“So when David gave orders to NOT kill people, Joab did his own thing and had the people killed anyway.”
“The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve.”
“Joab immediately replied (v. 20): “Far be it, far be it from me.””
“She continued: “Perhaps Joab will go down from the number that he demanded if we mollify him.””
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