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David is a great warrior(no doubt), at a very young age, He killed Goliath, killed a bear and he he generally considered fearless. But, while going through the Bible, I discovered David feared Joab greatly (see 2 Sam 3:39, "these sons of Zeruiah are too strong for me") and I wondered why he had so much fear for him. An example, Joab killed Abner and Amasa and David did nothing about it and He also gave instructions that Absalom's life should be speared but Joab went against the order by killing Absalom and it also took Joab alone to get David to address the people when Absalom died.

Did he feared him because of Joab is mightier and powerful than him or because Joab had more troop than him or why did he feared him so much that Joab became lawless at times

  • Your question is not associated with any text / passage. please indicate the passage that contains the background to your question. questions not related to a specific text or generally speaking off topic. But it's a great question and possibly related to my question about why Peter et al feared James. – Ruminator Feb 18 at 17:11
  • Do Peter and the rest of the apostles fear James? I don't think so. Although, I won't mind to have a link to that your question – jaquar pow Feb 22 at 8:39
  • Do Peter and the rest of the apostles fear James? I don't think so. Although, I won't mind to have a link to that your question – jaquar pow Feb 22 at 8:41
  • Sure; here you go: hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/32684/… – Ruminator Feb 22 at 11:03
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David commanded Joab to place Uriah at the front of the battle lines of Israel in order to have him die in the battle so as to hide David's sin with Uriah's wife, after he had tried to trick him into having relations with Bathsheba so others would think the child conceived from the illicit union was Uriah's, thus hiding his own sin. David feared Joab might reveal his adultery if David treated him to harshly.

  • But David was afraid of Joab even before his relations with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 3:39) – b a Feb 19 at 11:34
  • The fear is already there before the Bathsheba incident. – jaquar pow Feb 22 at 8:37

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