And Joab saith, 'Not right -- I tarry before thee;' and he taketh three darts in his hand, and striketh them into the heart of Absalom, while he is alive, in the midst of the oak.
2 Samuel 18:14 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I may not tarry thus with thee - He had nothing to say in vindication of the purpose he had formed.
Thrust them through the heart of Absalom - He was determined to make sure work, and therefore he pierced his heart.
Joab should have obeyed the king's commandment: and yet the safety of the state required the sacrifice of Absalom. But independently of this, his life was quadruply forfeited to the law: -
1. In having murdered his brother Amnon.
2. In having excited an insurrection in the state.
3. In having taken up arms against his own father, Deuteronomy 21:18, Deuteronomy 21:21.
4. In having lain with his father's concubines, Leviticus 18:29.
Long ago he should have died by the hand of justice; and now all his crimes are visited on him in his last act of rebellion. Yet, in the present circumstances, Joab's act was base and disloyal, and a cowardly murder.
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with thee [heb] before thee
2 Samuel 18:5 And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom...
Judges 4:21 Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly to him...
Judges 5:26,31 She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head...
Psalm 45:5 Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under you.
1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes on them, as travail on a woman with child...
midst [heb] heart
Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly...
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