2 Samuel 11 ©
While Joab besiegeth Rabbah, David committeth adultery with Uriah's wife. Bath-sheba conceiveth; David sendeth for Uriah from the army, who cometh to David, but refuseth to go down to his house. He carrieth to Joab a letter requiring his death, is exposed in the front of the battle, and slain. Joab sendeth the news of it to David. The messenger's report, and David's answer. David taketh Bath-sheba to wife, who beareth a son.
AND it came to pass, 1after the year was 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 besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
¶And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David aarose from off his bed, and bwalked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he csaw a woman dwashing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to elook upon.
And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this 2Bath-sheba, the daughter of 3Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him 5how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.
And David said to Uriah, kGo down to thy house, and lwash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house, and mthere 6followed him na *mess of *meat from the king.
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.
And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house?
And Uriah said unto David, oThe ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and pmy lord Joab, and qthe servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as rthou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.
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.
And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the 7hottest battle, and retire ye 8from him, that he may ube smitten, and die.
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.
¶Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war;
And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king,
¶So the messenger went, and came and shewed David all that Joab had sent him for.
And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men prevailed against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entering of the gate.
And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants; and some of the king's servants be dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
¶And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.
And when the mourning was past, David sent and 12fetched her to his house, and she abecame his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done 13displeased the LORD.