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[joh-ab] /ˈdʒoʊ æb/
a commander of David's army and the slayer of Abner and Absalom. II Sam. 3:27; 18:14. Unabridged
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  • Young Isham was with him; Joab had been sent on with Jacqueline.

    Lewis Rand Mary Johnston
  • Then Joab said to a negro slave, "Go, tell the ruler of Israel what you have seen."

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • It was only after the great events narrated above that David was again enabled to send his forces, under Joab, against Ammon.

  • Most persons give the answer that Zeruiah was the father of Joab, necessarily.

  • But Levi and Benjamin he did not number: for Joab unwillingly executed the king's orders.

  • So Joab blows the trumpet, and the host retires from the walls, every man to his own tent.

    The Angels' Song Thomas Guthrie
  • Joab overlooked the insult which had been offered him, and joined the troops, or rather became their leader.

  • I hit one of them, and either Simri or Joab, who fired at the same time, hit another.

    Dick Onslow W.H.G. Kingston
  • Joab simply would not tolerate being superseded in the command which he had earned by lifelong and perilous services.

  • Simri and Joab, lashing their horses, rushed on to the assistance of their family.

    Dick Onslow W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for Joab


(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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Joab in the Bible

Jehovah is his father. (1.) One of the three sons of Zeruiah, David's sister, and "captain of the host" during the whole of David's reign (2 Sam. 2:13; 10:7; 11:1; 1 Kings 11:15). His father's name is nowhere mentioned, although his sepulchre at Bethlehem is mentioned (2 Sam. 2:32). His two brothers were Abishai and Asahel, the swift of foot, who was killed by Abner (2 Sam. 2:13-32), whom Joab afterwards treacherously murdered (3:22-27). He afterwards led the assault at the storming of the fortress on Mount Zion, and for this service was raised to the rank of "prince of the king's army" (2 Sam. 5:6-10; 1 Chr. 27:34). His chief military achievements were, (1) against the allied forces of Syria and Ammon; (2) against Edom (1 Kings 11:15, 16); and (3) against the Ammonites (2 Sam. 10:7-19; 11:1, 11). His character is deeply stained by the part he willingly took in the murder of Uriah (11:14-25). He acted apparently from a sense of duty in putting Absalom to death (18:1-14). David was unmindful of the many services Joab had rendered to him, and afterwards gave the command of the army to Amasa, Joab's cousin (2 Sam. 20:1-13; 19:13). When David was dying Joab espoused the cause of Adonijah in preference to that of Solomon. He was afterwards slain by Benaiah, by the command of Solomon, in accordance with his father's injunction (2 Sam. 3:29; 20:5-13), at the altar to which he had fled for refuge. Thus this hoary conspirator died without one to lift up a voice in his favour. He was buried in his own property in the "wilderness," probably in the north-east of Jerusalem (1 Kings 2:5, 28-34). Benaiah succeeded him as commander-in-chief of the army. (2.) 1 Chr. 4:14. (3.) Ezra 2:6.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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