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Dagger for When the Wolf Howls

© by Ross Cochrane

Chapter 41

“I have fought against Rabbah and taken its water supply. It is time now to gather the rest of the troops, besiege the city and capture it. If you do not wish to take the city, I will capture it myself, but it will be named after me.” Joab’s messages were always sharp and to the point.

Although David was now at peace with God, he was still at war with the Ammonites. Joab stood on the battlefield, waiting for David. He regarded himself as the sword that David wielded. He had fought hard and long and the victory was now almost complete.

It seems that the sword will never depart from David’s house. So much bloodshed. Many of my best men have died. His mind went back to a man called Uriah who had died in the thick of battle. Others had died that day because of David’s strange request. He had dispatched his message to the king so that no more would be lost unnecessarily.

Dagger for When the Wolf Howls

With the fortifications he was raising up against David in his heart, Absalom determined he would remain free of any domination. I will never be a slave to my father like Joab. Rebellion and jealousy armed him with small poison darts that he aimed at David. He was careful not to sound too sarcastic, “Let Joab take the city. He deserves honour for this victory. After all, you chose to remain behind in Jerusalem while he has been at battle.”

Voices in court immediately expressed their disagreement with Absalom’s suggestion and David was bewildered by his son’s disrespect, but he dismissed it from his mind and began to gather the entire army. Absalom’s advice did, however, prompt him to think again of Nathan’s words of prophecy, Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.

David proceeded to Rabbah, led the final attack and captured it.

Absalom accompanied him and watched as the crown was taken from the head of their king and placed on David’s head. Its weight was a talent of gold, and it was set with precious stones. It seemed to him that his father was getting all the praise for something he certainly didn’t deserve. For most of this campaign you have been absent and involved in bringing disrepute to our family. This public display is a charade, he thought.

David made a great show of the great quantity of plunder that was taken from the city and then in front of everyone he brought out the Ammonite people who were there and made them his slaves. Many would be sent to Manahaim, and consigned to work with Barzillai the iron smith and his servant Obed-edom, labouring with saws, iron picks and axes, and brickmaking for the kilns.

Absalom decided to go with the guards to Manahaim and enquire of the Canaanite iron smith about the carvings on his knife, while David and his entire army returned to Jerusalem.