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 2 Samuel 11:1 - 27
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   Book of 2 Samuel
   Chapter 11
11:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king's men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.
 
11:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,
 
11:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, "Isn't this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?"
 
11:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (She had purified herself from her uncleanness.) Then F30 she went back home.
 
11:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, "I am pregnant."
 
11:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So David sent this word to Joab: "Send me Uriah the Hittite." And Joab sent him to David.
 
11:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going.
 
11:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house and wash your feet." So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him.
 
11:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master's servants and did not go down to his house.
 
11:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When David was told, "Uriah did not go home," he asked him, "Haven't you just come from a distance? Why didn't you go home?"
 
11:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Uriah said to David, "The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my master Joab and my lord's men are camped in the open fields. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and lie with my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!"
 
11:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then David said to him, "Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back." So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next.
 
11:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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At David's invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master's servants; he did not go home.
 
11:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah.
 
11:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
In it he wrote, "Put Uriah in the front line where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die."
 
11:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were.
 
11:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David's army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.
 
11:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Joab sent David a full account of the battle.
 
11:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He instructed the messenger: "When you have finished giving the king this account of the battle,
 
11:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
the king's anger may flare up, and he may ask you, 'Why did you get so close to the city to fight? Didn't you know they would shoot arrows from the wall?
 
11:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Who killed Abimelech son of Jerub-Besheth F31 ? Didn't a woman throw an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? Why did you get so close to the wall?' If he asks you this, then say to him, 'Also, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.'"
 
11:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The messenger set out, and when he arrived he told David everything Joab had sent him to say.
 
11:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The messenger said to David, "The men overpowered us and came out against us in the open, but we drove them back to the entrance to the city gate.
 
11:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then the archers shot arrows at your servants from the wall, and some of the king's men died. Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead."
 
11:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
David told the messenger, "Say this to Joab: 'Don't let this upset you; the sword devours one as well as another. Press the attack against the city and destroy it.' Say this to encourage Joab."
 
11:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When Uriah's wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him.
 
11:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the LORD.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F30 Or with her. When she purified herself from her uncleanness,
F31 Also known as Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon)

 
 

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