and slew him

2 Samuel 18:15

18:15 and slew him. Joab essentially took the law into his own hands here, in order to forestall any future Absalom intrigues. He knew that Absalom deserved death for his treason and for his attempt to kill David (II Samuel 17:11-14), but he also realized that David would not agree to such a sentence if he could prevent it.

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