stricken of the Lord, David's sister, and the mother of Abishai, Joab, and Asahel (1 Chr. 2:16), who were the three leading heroes of David's army, and being his nephews, they were admitted to the closest companionship with him.
The subtle Scots (those sons of zeruiah) are too hard for you.
Most persons give the answer that zeruiah was the father of Joab, necessarily.
I am this day weak though anointed king, and these men, the sons of zeruiah, are too hard for me.
And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of zeruiah?
But it would never be listened to;—the weaver's beam, and the sons of zeruiah, would be too many for the proposers.
For once—and this time, unhappily—David was too strong for the son of zeruiah.