2 Samuel 11
While Joab besieged Rabbah, David committeth adultery with Bath-sheba.
2 Samuel 11:1 And it came to passe, that after the yeere was expired, at the time when kings goe foorth [to battell], that Dauid sent Ioab and his seruants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah: but Dauid taried still at Ierusalem.
2 Samuel 11:2 And it came to passe in an euening tide, that Dauid arose from off his bed, and walked vpon the roofe of the kings house: and from the roofe he saw a woman washing her selfe; and the woman was very beautifull to looke vpon. 2 Samuel 11:3 And Dauid sent and enquired after the woman: and one said, Is not this Bath-sheba the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 2 Samuel 11:4 And Dauid sent messengers, and tooke her, and shee came in vnto him, and he lay with her, (for she was purified from her vncleannesse) and shee returned vnto her house. 2 Samuel 11:5 And the woman conceiued, and sent and tolde Dauid, and said, I am with childe.
Uriah, sent for by David to cover the adultery, would not go home neither sober nor drunken.
2 Samuel 11:6 And Dauid sent to Ioab, [saying], Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Ioab sent Uriah to Dauid. 2 Samuel 11:7 And when Uriah was come vnto him, Dauid demanded of him how Ioab did, and how the people did, and how the warre prospered. 2 Samuel 11:8 And Dauid said to Uriah, Goe downe to thy house, and wash thy feete. And Uriah departed out of the Kings house, and there followed him a messe [of meat] from the king. 2 Samuel 11:9 But Uriah slept at the doore of the kings house, with all the seruants of his lord, and went not downe to his house. 2 Samuel 11:10 And when they had tolde Dauid, saying, Uriah went not downe vnto his house, Dauid said vnto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy iourney? why [then] diddest thou not goe downe vnto thine house? 2 Samuel 11:11 And Uriah said vnto Dauid, The Arke, and Israel, and Iudah abide in tents, and my lord Ioab, and the seruants of my lord are encamped in the open fields; shall I then goe into mine house, to eate and to drinke, and to lie with my wife? As thou liuest, and as thy soule liueth, I will not doe this thing. 2 Samuel 11:12 And Dauid said to Uriah, Tary here to day also, and to morow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Ierusalem that day, and the morrow. 2 Samuel 11:13 And when Dauid had called him, hee did eate and drinke before him, and he made him drunke: and at euen hee went out to lie on his bed with the seruants of his lord, but went not downe to his house.
He carrieth to Joab the letter of his death.
2 Samuel 11:14 And it came to passe in the morning, that Dauid wrote a letter to Ioab, and sent [it] by the hand of Uriah. 2 Samuel 11:15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set yee Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battel, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. 2 Samuel 11:16 And it came to passe when Ioab obserued the citie, that he assigned Uriah vnto a place where hee knewe that valiant men were. 2 Samuel 11:17 And the men of the city went out, and fought with Ioab: and there fell some of the people of the seruants of Dauid, and Uriah the Hittite died also.
Joab sendeth the news thereof to David.
2 Samuel 11:18 Then Ioab sent, and tolde Dauid all the things concerning the warre: 2 Samuel 11:19 And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an ende of telling the matters of the warre vnto the King; 2 Samuel 11:20 And if so be that the kings wrath arise, and hee say vnto thee, Wherefore approched ye so nigh vnto the city when yee did fight? Knew yee not that they would shoot from the wall? 2 Samuel 11:21 Who smote Abimelech the sonne of Ierubesheth? Did not a woman cast a piece of a milstone vpon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh the wall? Then say thou, Thy seruant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
2 Samuel 11:22 So the messenger went, and came and shewed Dauid all that Ioab had sent him for. 2 Samuel 11:23 And the messenger said vnto Dauid, Surely the men preuailed against vs, and came out vnto vs into the field, and we were vpon them euen vnto the entring of the gate. 2 Samuel 11:24 And the shooters shot from off the wall vpon thy seruants, and some of the Kings seruants be dead, and thy seruant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. 2 Samuel 11:25 Then Dauid said vnto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say vnto Ioab, Let not this thing displease thee: for the sword deuoureth one as well as another: Make thy battell more strong against the citie, and ouerthrow it; and encourage thou him.
David taketh Bath-sheba to wife.
2 Samuel 11:26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. 2 Samuel 11:27 And when the mourning was past, Dauid sent, and fet her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a sonne: but the thing that Dauid had done, displeased the LORD.