2 Samuel 11
While Joab besieged Rabbah, David committeth adultery with Bath-sheba.
2 Samuel 11:1 And it came to pass, after the year had expired, at the time when kings go forth [to battle], that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and destroyed Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 11:2 And it came to pass in an evening, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman [was] very beautiful to look upon. 2 Samuel 11:3 And David sent and inquired 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 David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in to him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned to her house. 2 Samuel 11:5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I [am] with child.
Uriah, sent for by David to cover the adultery, would not go home neither sober nor drunken.
2 Samuel 11:6 And David sent to Joab, [saying], Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. 2 Samuel 11:7 And when Uriah had come to him, David inquired [of him] how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered. 2 Samuel 11:8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house, and there followed him a mess [of meat] from the king. 2 Samuel 11:9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house. 2 Samuel 11:10 And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down to his house, David said to Uriah, Camest thou not from [thy] journey? why [then] didst thou not go down to thy house? 2 Samuel 11:11 And Uriah said to David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? [as] thou livest, and [as] thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing. 2 Samuel 11:12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to-day also, and to-morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day and the morrow. 2 Samuel 11:13 And when David had called him, he ate and drank before him; and he made him drunk: and at evening he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house.
He carrieth to Joab the letter of his death.
2 Samuel 11:14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent [it] by the hand of Uriah. 2 Samuel 11:15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the front of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. 2 Samuel 11:16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah to a place where he knew that valiant men [were]. 2 Samuel 11:17 And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell [some] of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.
Joab sendeth the news thereof to David.
2 Samuel 11:18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war; 2 Samuel 11:19 And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war to the king, 2 Samuel 11:20 And if the king's wrath shall rise, and he shall say to thee, Why approached ye so nigh to the city for the fight? knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall? 2 Samuel 11:21 Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
2 Samuel 11:22 So the messenger went, and came and showed David all that Joab had sent him for. 2 Samuel 11:23 And the messenger said to David, Surely the men prevailed against us, and came out to us into the field, and we were upon them even to the entrance of the gate. 2 Samuel 11:24 And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants: and [some] of the king's servants are dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. 2 Samuel 11:25 Then David said to the messenger, Thus shalt thou say to Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another: make thy battle more strong against the city, and overthrow 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, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.