Assassinate • Kill
Compton’s Encyclopedia
assassinationThe murder of a public figure is called assassination. Usually, the term refers to the killing of government leaders and other prominent persons for political purposes—such as to seize power, to start a revolution, to draw attention to a cause, to exact revenge, or to undermine a regime
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ASSASSIN. The Bible contains numerous examples of politically motivated murders of important figures. Such assassinations include those of Eglon, the king of Moab, by Ehud (Judg 3:15–22); of Abner, David’s adversary, by Joab, the commander-in-chief of David’s army (2 Sam 3:27); of Ishbaal, Saul’s son,
Key passages
Jdg 5:25–27

He asked for water, and she gave milk; in a drinking bowl for nobles, she brought curds. She reached out her hand to the peg, and her right hand for the workman’s hammer; and she struck Sisera, crushed his head, and she shattered and pierced his temple. Between her feet he sank, he fell, …

1 Sa 19:1

Now Saul spoke to Jonathan his son and to all his servants about killing David, but Saul’s son Jonathan liked David very much.

1 Sa 19:11

Then Saul sent messengers to David’s house to guard him and to kill him in the morning, but Michal his wife told David, saying, “If you do not save your life tonight, then tomorrow you will be killed!”

2 Sa 3:27

When Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside to the middle of the gate to speak with him in private. Then he struck him in the stomach there and he died, for he had shed the blood of Asahel his brother.

2 Sa 4:6–7

They came as far as the middle of the house as if takers of wheat, and they struck him in the stomach. Then Recab and Baanah his brother escaped. When they had come into the house, he was lying on his couch in his bedchamber, and they attacked him and killed him. Then they beheaded him, …

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