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When men war side by side in life or death battle, a lifelong brotherhood is formed. That brotherhood can cover a multitude of sins; Uriah's murder, the census, even the ugly reality of taking life in battle. David and Joab had been a lifetime of good and bad together. Since God put David in the position of King, King David was led by the Lord to protect ...


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From the testimony of Holy Scripture (2 Samuel 2:13 and 1 Chronicles 2:12-16, and others) it's apparent that David was Joab's uncle. Only speculating here, but perhaps David and Joab grew up together as boys, or David remembers when his nephew was born and could not bring himself to commit such an act? Remember David's reaction to Absalom's death. It just ...


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The "distaff" part of David's curse is still a subject of speculation1. There are two suggestions supported by scholarly research. The Wikipedia article for distaff explains that it is a term for a spindle used for holding the fiber which is to be spun into thread or yarn. The Wikipedia article also notes that distaff is used as an adjective to denote the ...


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David didn’t kill Joab for the sole reason that he was Joab’s uncle. Joab was the son of David’s sister Zeruiah. This being the case, even if David wanted to kill Joab, he couldn’t because of his love for his sister, and yes he loved the boy Joab as well. All of the above explains why Joab sort of like did as he pleased because he knew David wouldn’t bring ...


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The absolute answers are only those that can be arrived at by a direct reference to the text. The only explicit reason given is in 1 kings 2:4, namely that Joab had killed two of David's captains when he sided with Adonijah against his Father David. When Solomon had him killed, the reason given is that he had shed innocent blood in the killing of the two ...


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It doesn't appear to be a euphemism. The word translated distaff here (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance) is from an unused root meaning to be round, hence a circuit, spindle or crutch. It appears 10 times in the Old Testament and is translated as district (or circuit) 8 times in Nehemiah. Once, in Proverbs it is translated as spindle and the KJV has it, in ...


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Joab believed in God's power. He was not an idol worshiper. 2 Samuel 2:27 Joab answered, "As surely as God lives, if you had not spoken, the men would have continued pursuing them until morning." 2 Samuel 10:11 Joab said, “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you are to come to my rescue; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I ...


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If you are looking for an interpretation that's loyal to the text and preserves the spindle translation as the true one (from your OP it is evident that you favor that one), then you have one in the IVP Bible Background Commentary, p. 326: The word the NIV translates "crutch" has now been identified from Ugaritic and Akkadian as the word for "spindle" ...


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