Destiny Defined – Absalom Knife

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This is the abhorrent truth: to protect some, we must destroy others.

Absalom Knife

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Released: Destiny 2: Season of the Worthy

Rarity: Legendary

Category: Other

Other SubCategory: Jumpship

Affiliations: Rasputin

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Item ties in nicely between Rasputin’s character. The story of Absalom seems to mirror much of what we perceive what Rasputin’s motives and underlying goals are.

Definition Summary

Absalom was the third son of King David, by Maacah, and most handsome man in the kingdom who rebelled and sought out to overthrow his father’s rule.

Absalom was a man who even though having everything, tried to take what was not his. It was said no man in Israel had a more handsome appearance. He cut his hair only once a year when it became too heavy. It was reported to weigh five pounds.

Absalom had a sister Tamar, who was a virgin. Another of David’s sons, Amnon, was their half-brother and raped Tamar, then rejected her in disgrace. Absalom expected his father David to punish Amnon for this, but David did nothing. Absalom’s rage and anger was kept silent for two years until his revenge could take place.

Absalom invited all the king’s sons to a sheep-shearing festival. While Amnon was celebrating, Absalom and his soldiers stabbed him to death in front of everyone. Absalom fled to his grandfathers land, where he hid for three years.

Even still King David missed his son deeply and he “mourned for his son day after day.” David allowed Absalom to come back to his kingdom, but Absalom began to undermine King David, usurping his authority and speaking out against him to the people. He secretly began to gather an army and sent messengers out to proclaim his future kingship.

King David learned of the rebellion, so he and his followers fled. Absalom took advice from his counselors, where one in particular was secretly working for King David and misled him on what would be the best way to defeat his father.

Before their final battle, David ordered his troops not to harm Absalom. The two armies clashed at Ephraim Woods, (a large oak forest). Twenty thousand men fell that day and the army of David prevailed.

As Absalom was riding his mule under a tree, his hair was entangled in the branches. The mule ran off, leaving Absalom hanging in the air. Joab, one of David’s generals, took three javelins and thrust them into Absalom’s heart. Then ten of Joab’s armor-bearers circled Absalom and finished him.

This particular scene is detailed in 2 Samuel 18:9,14 ESV:

And 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, and his head caught fast in the oak, and he was suspended between heaven and earth, while the mule that was under him went on…Joab said, “I will not waste time like this with you.” And he took three javelins in his hand and thrust them into the heart of Absalom while he was still alive in the oak.

David was heartbroken over the death of his son, even though he tried to kill him and steal his throne.

He loved Absalom and David’s grief showed the depth of a father’s love over the loss of a son. This also showed his regret for his own personal failures which led to many family and national tragedies.

Absalom was charismatic and easily drew other people to him, but when he took justice into his own hands and followed bad counsel, he ultimately met his fate.

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