1It was spring. It was the time when kings go off to war. So David sent Joab out with the king's special troops and the whole army of Israel. They destroyed the Ammonites. They went to the city of Rabbah. They surrounded it and got ready to attack it. But David remained in Jerusalem.2One evening David got up from his bed. He walked around on the roof of his palace. From the roof he saw a woman taking a bath. She was very beautiful.3David sent a messenger to find out who she was. The messenger returned and said, “She is Bathsheba. She's the daughter of Eliam. She's the wife of Uriah. He's a Hittite.”4Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him. And he had sex with her. Then she went back home. All of that took place after she had already made herself “clean” from her monthly period.5Later, Bathsheba found out she was pregnant. She sent a message to David. It said, “I'm pregnant.”6So David sent a message to Joab. It said, “Send me Uriah, the Hittite.” Joab sent him to David.7Uriah came to David. David asked him how Joab and the soldiers were doing. He also asked him how the war was going.8David said to Uriah, “Go home and enjoy some time with your wife.” So Uriah left the palace. Then the king sent him a gift.9But Uriah didn't go home. Instead, he slept at the entrance to the palace. He stayed there with all of his master's servants.10David was told, “Uriah didn't go home.” So he sent for Uriah. He said to him, “You have been away for a long time. Why didn't you go home?”11Uriah said to David, “The ark and the army of Israel and Judah are out there in tents. My master Joab and your special troops are camped in the open fields. How could I go to my house to eat and drink? How could I go there and make love to my wife? I could never do a thing like that. And that's just as sure as you are alive!”12Then David said to him, “Stay here one more day. Tomorrow I'll send you back to the battle.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next.13David invited Uriah to eat and drink with him. David got him drunk. But Uriah still didn't go home. In the evening he went out and slept on his mat. He stayed there among his master's servants.14The next morning David wrote a letter to Joab. He sent it along with Uriah.15In it he wrote, “Put Uriah on the front lines. That's where the fighting is the heaviest. Then pull your men back from him. When you do, the Ammonites will strike him down and kill him.”16So Joab attacked the city. He put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest enemy fighters were.17The troops came out of the city. They fought against Joab. Some of the men in David's army were killed. Uriah, the Hittite, also died.18Joab sent David a full report of the battle.19He told the messenger, “Tell the king everything that happened in the battle. When you are finished,20his anger might explode. He might ask you, ‘Why did you go so close to the city to fight against it? Didn't you know that the enemy soldiers would shoot arrows down from the wall?21Don't you remember how Abimelech, the son of Jerub‑Besheth, was killed? A woman dropped a large millstone on him from the wall. That's how he died in Thebez. So why did you go so close to the wall?’ If the king asks you that, tell him, ‘Your servant Uriah, the Hittite, is also dead.’ ”22The messenger started out for Jerusalem. When he arrived there, he told David everything Joab had sent him to say.23The messenger said to David, “The men who were in the city were more powerful than we were. They came out to fight against us in the open. But we drove them back to the entrance of the city gate.24Then those who were armed with bows shot arrows at us from the wall. Some of your special troops were killed. Your servant Uriah, the Hittite, is also dead.”25David told the messenger, “Tell Joab, ‘Don't get upset over what happened. Swords kill one person as well as another. So keep on attacking the city. Destroy it.’ Tell that to Joab. It will cheer him up.”26Uriah's wife heard that her husband was dead. She sobbed over him.27When her time of sadness was over, David had her brought to his house. She became his wife. And she had a son by him. But the Lord wasn't pleased with what David had done.
2 Samuel 11
English Standard Version
David and Bathsheba
1In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. (De 3:11; 2Sa 12:26; 1Ki 20:22; 1Ki 20:26; 1Ch 20:1; 2Ch 36:10)2It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. (1Sa 9:25)3And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” (2Sa 23:39; 1Ch 3:5)4So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. (Le 15:19; Le 15:28; Le 18:19)5And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.”6So David sent word to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David.7When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab was doing and how the people were doing and how the war was going.8Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” And Uriah went out of the king’s house, and there followed him a present from the king. (Ge 18:4)9But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.10When they told David, “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?”11Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah dwell in booths, and my lord Joab and the 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? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.” (1Sa 1:26; 2Sa 7:2; 2Sa 7:6; 2Sa 20:6; 1Ki 1:33)12Then David said to Uriah, “Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next.13And David invited him, and he ate in his presence and drank, so that he made him drunk. And in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house. (Ge 19:33; Ge 19:35; 2Sa 11:11)14In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. (1Ki 21:8)15In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, that he may be struck down, and die.” (2Sa 12:9)16And as Joab was besieging the city, he assigned Uriah to the place where he knew there were valiant men.17And the men of the city came out and fought with Joab, and some of the servants of David among the people fell. Uriah the Hittite also died.18Then Joab sent and told David all the news about the fighting.19And he instructed the messenger, “When you have finished telling all the news about the fighting to the king,20then, if the king’s anger rises, and if he says to you, ‘Why did you go so near the city to fight? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall?21Who killed Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Did not a woman cast 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.’” (Jud 9:53)22So the messenger went and came and told David all that Joab had sent him to tell.23The messenger said to David, “The men gained an advantage over us and came out against us in the field, but we drove them back to the entrance of the gate.24Then the archers shot at your servants from the wall. Some of the king’s servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.”25David said to the messenger, “Thus shall you say to Joab, ‘Do not let this matter displease you, for the sword devours now one and now another. Strengthen your attack against the city and overthrow it.’ And encourage him.”26When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she lamented over her husband.27And when the mourning was over, 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. (2Sa 12:9)