Bathsheba, David's Great Sin
1 Then R290 it happened in R291 F112 the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged R292 Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem.
2 Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the R293 roof of the king's house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. 3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, "Is this not Bathsheba, R294 the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah R295 the Hittite?" 4 David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he R296 lay with her; and R297 when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house. 5 The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, "I R298 am pregnant."
6 Then David sent to Joab, saying, "Send me Uriah the Hittite." So Joab sent Uriah to David. 7 When Uriah came to him, David R299 asked concerning the welfare of Joab and the F113 people and the state of the war. 8 Then David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house, and wash R300 your feet." And Uriah went out of the king's house, and a present from the king was F114 sent out after him. 9 But Uriah slept at R301 the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. 10 Now when they told David, saying, "Uriah did not go down to his house," David said to Uriah, "Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?" 11 Uriah said to David, "The R302 ark and Israel and Judah are staying in temporary F115 shelters, and my lord Joab and the R303 servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? By your life and the life of your soul, I will not do this thing." 12 Then David said to Uriah, "Stay R304 here today also, and tomorrow I will let you go." So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. F116 13 Now David called him, and he ate and drank before him, and he made R305 him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his bed with R306 his lord's servants, but he did not go down to his house.
14 Now in the morning David wrote R307 a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 He R308 had written in the letter, saying, "Place F117 Uriah in the front line of the fiercest F118 battle and withdraw from him, so R309 that he may be struck down and die." 16 So it was as Joab kept watch on the city, that he put Uriah at the place where he knew there were valiant men. 17 The men of the city went out and fought against Joab, and some of the people among David's servants fell; and Uriah R310 the Hittite also died. 18 Then Joab sent and reported to David all the events of the war. 19 He charged the messenger, saying, "When you have finished telling all the events of the war to the king, 20 and if it happens that the king's wrath rises and he says to you, `Why did you go so near to the city to fight? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall? 21 `Who struck R311 down Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Did not a woman throw an upper millstone on him from the wall so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?'--then you shall say, `Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.' "
22 So the messenger departed and came and reported to David all that Joab had sent him to tell. 23 The messenger said to David, "The men prevailed against us and came out against us in the field, but we pressed F119 them as far as the entrance of the gate. 24 "Moreover, the archers shot at your servants from the wall; so some of the king's servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead." 25 Then David said to the messenger, "Thus you shall say to Joab, `Do not let this thing displease F120 you, for the sword devours one as well as another; make your battle against the city stronger and overthrow it'; and so encourage him."
26 Now when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she R312 mourned for her husband. 27 When the time of mourning was over, David sent and brought F121 her to his house and she R313 became his wife; then she bore him a son. But the R314 thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the LORD.
F112: Lit at the return of the year
F113: Lit welfare of
F114: Lit went out
F115: Or booths
F116: Lit morrow
F117: Lit Give
F118: Lit strong
F119: Lit were upon
F120: Lit be evil in your sight
F121: Lit gathered
R290: 1 Chronicles 20:1
R291: 2 Samuel 10:14; 1 Kings 20:22,26
R292: 2 Samuel 12:26-29; Jeremiah 49:2,3; Amos 1:14
R293: Deuteronomy 22:8; 1 Samuel 9:25; Matthew 24:17; Acts 10:9
R294: 1 Chronicles 3:5
R295: 2 Samuel 23:39
R296: Psalms 51:1 (title); James 1:14,15
R297: Leviticus 12:2-5; 15:18-28; 18:19
R298: Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 22:22
R299: Genesis 37:14; 1 Samuel 17:22
R300: Genesis 43:24; Luke 7:44
R301: 1 Kings 14:27,28
R302: 2 Samuel 7:2,6
R303: 2 Samuel 20:6
R304: Job 1:20:12-14
R305: Proverbs 20:1; 23:29-35
R306: 2 Samuel 11:9
R307: 1 Kings 21:8-10
R308: Ecclesiastes 8:11; Jeremiah 17:9
R309: 2 Samuel 12:9
R310: 2 Samuel 11:21
R311: Judges 9:50-54
R312: Genesis 50:10; Deuteronomy 34:8; 1 Samuel 31:13
R313: 2 Samuel 12:9
R314: Psalms 51:4,5