2nd Samuel 10

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The Second Book of Samuel

Chapter 11


And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings 4397 go forth2 [to battle], that David sent4 Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed55 the children of Ammon, and besieged4 Rabbah. But David tarried6 still at Jerusalem.


And it came to pass in an eveningtide, 6256 that David arose4 from off his bed, and walked101 upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw4 a woman washing5 herself; and the woman [was] very beautiful to look upon.


And David sent4 and enquired4 after the woman. And [one] said,4 [Is] not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?


And David sent4 messengers, and took4 her; and she came in4 unto him, and he lay4 with her; for she was purified102 from her uncleanness: and she returned4 unto her house.


And the woman conceived,4 and sent4 and told55 David, and said,4 I [am] with child.


And David sent4 to Joab, [saying], Send3 me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent4 Uriah to David.


And when Uriah was come4 unto him, David demanded4 [of him] how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.


And David said4 to Uriah, Go down3 to thy house, and wash3 thy feet. And Uriah departed4 out of the king's house, and there followed4 310 him a mess [of meat] from the king.


But Uriah slept4 at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down1 to his house.


And when they had told55 David, saying,2 Uriah went not down1 unto his house, David said4 unto Uriah, Camest6 thou not from [thy] journey? why [then] didst thou not go down1 unto thine house?


And Uriah said4 unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide6 in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped6 in the open fields; shall I then go4 into mine house, to eat2 and to drink,2 and to lie2 with my wife? [as] thou livest, and [as] thy soul liveth, I will not do4 this thing.


And David said4 to Uriah, Tarry3 here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart.17 So Uriah abode4 in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow.


And when David had called4 him, he did eat4 and drink4 before him; and he made him drunk:17 and at even he went out4 to lie2 on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down1 to his house.


And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote4 a letter to Joab, and sent4 [it] by the hand of Uriah.


And he wrote4 in the letter, saying,2 Set3 ye Uriah in the forefront 4136 of the hottest battle, and retire1 ye from him, that he may be smitten,8 and die.1


And it came to pass, when Joab observed2 the city, that he assigned4 Uriah unto a place where he knew1 that valiant men [were].


And the men of the city went out,4 and fought11 with Joab: and there fell4 [some] of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died4 also.


Then Joab sent4 and told55 David all the things concerning the war;


And charged17 the messenger, saying,2 When thou hast made an end15 of telling15 the matters of the war unto the king,


And if so be that the king's wrath arise,4 and he say1 unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so nigh8 unto the city when ye did fight?9 knew1 ye not that they would shoot55 from the wall?


Who smote52 Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast52 a piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, that he died4 in Thebez? why went ye nigh8 the wall? then say1 thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead1 also.


So the messenger went,4 and came4 and shewed55 David all that Joab had sent1 him for.


And the messenger said4 unto David, Surely the men prevailed1 against us, and came out4 unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entering of the gate.


And the shooters56 shot55 from off the wall upon thy servants; and [some] of the king's servants be dead,4 and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead1 also.


Then David said4 unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say4 unto Joab, Let not this thing displease4 5869 thee, for the sword devoureth4 one as well as another: make thy battle more strong54 against the city, and overthrow3 it: and encourage16 thou him.


And when the wife of Uriah heard4 that Uriah her husband was dead,1 she mourned4 for her husband.


And when the mourning was past,4 David sent4 and fetched4 her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare4 him a son. But the thing that David had done1 displeased4 5869 the LORD.

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