King David’s Craftiness – 2 Samuel 11

2 Samuel 11:1 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 Jerusalem.  
2 Samuel 11:2 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.  

2 Samuel 11:3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And  one said, Is not this Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam,  the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 

2 Samuel 11:4 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. 

2 Samuel 11:5 And the woman  conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with  child.  

2 Samuel 11:6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah  the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. 

2 Samuel 11:7 And when  Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how  Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war  prospered. 

2 Samuel 11:8 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 king. 

2 Samuel 11:9 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. 

2 Samuel 11:10 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? 

2 Samuel 11:11 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. 

2 Samuel 11:12 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. 

2 Samuel 11:13 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.   

2 Samuel 11:14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David  wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.  

2 Samuel 11:15 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. 

2 Samuel 11:16 And it came to  pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah  unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.  

2 Samuel 11:17 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.  

2 Samuel 11:18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things  concerning the war; 

2 Samuel 11:19 And charged the messenger,  saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the matters  of the war unto the king, 

2 Samuel 11:20 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? 

2 Samuel 11:21  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.  

2 Samuel 11:22 So the messenger went, and came and shewed  David all that Joab had sent him for. 

2 Samuel 11:23 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. 

2 Samuel 11:24 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. 

2 Samuel 11:25 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.  

2 Samuel 11:26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her  husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. 

2 Samuel 11:27  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  LORD.  


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