And it came to pass, after 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
And it came to pass in an eveningtide, 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.
And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba,
the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with
her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.
And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.
And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to
And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the
people did, and how the war prospered.
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
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
And Uriah said unto 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 mine 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.
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 when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him
drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but
went not down to his house.
And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it
by the hand of Uriah.
And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest
battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a
place where he knew that valiant men were.
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,
And if so be that the king’s wrath arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore
approached ye so nigh unto the city when ye did fight? knew ye not that they would
shoot from the wall?
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.
So the messenger went, and came and shewed David all that Joab had sent him
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
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.
Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto 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.
And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for
And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she
became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the