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2nd Samuel 18:1-15

Accidents Will Happen

1 Then David mustered the men who were with him, and set over them commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. 5 The king ordered Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, "Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom." And all the people heard when the king gave orders to all the commanders concerning Absalom. 9 Absalom happened to meet the servants of David. Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak. His head caught fast in the oak, and he was left hanging between heaven and earth, while the mule that was under him went on. 10 A man saw it, and told Joab, "I saw Absalom hanging in an oak." 11 Joab said to the man who told him, "What, you saw him! Why then did you not strike him there to the ground? I would have been glad to give you ten pieces of silver and a belt." 12 But the man said to Joab, "Even if I felt in my hand the weight of a thousand pieces of silver, I would not raise my hand against the king's son; for in our hearing the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, saying: For my sake protect the young man Absalom! 13 On the other hand, if I had dealt treacherously against his life (and there is nothing hidden from the king), then you yourself would have stood aloof." 14 Joab said, "I will not waste time like this with you." He took three spears in his hand, and thrust them into the heart of Absalom, while he was still alive in the oak. 15 And ten young men, Joab's armor-bearers, surrounded Absalom and struck him, and killed him.

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David's family could have been fodder for raunchy daytime television shows - full of incest, rape, revenge and other low-life drama. Had David simply been able to apply the same standards to his family as he did to his country, there might have been a chance to avoid a lot of strife. Suffice it to say that Absalom, one of David's sons, is out of control and working to usurp David's throne and Joab, loyal military leader, isn't going to let that happen. Unfortunately for Absalom in his attempt to flee a battle he got stuck in a tree and became essentially a sitting duck. Joab and his men kill him.


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