2 Samuel Chapter 11

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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.

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 David.

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 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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war;

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

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

38 thoughts on “2 Samuel Chapter 11

  1. v1 ” At the time when kings go to battle
    …….” But David tarried still at Jerusalem.”

    Had David been serving in battle, he might have avoided adultery and murder.
    It’s been said,” That doctors and surgeons need instruments.
    Scientist need tools
    GOD needs surrendered lives!
    ” But yield unto the LORD and serve the
    LORD.” 2 Chron.30:8
    GOD wants our eyes,ears,mouth,hands and feet. HE. Wants us while we are live to HIM
    Rom.12:1

    Give our ALL TO JESUS as we learn to die to self sin will not have dominion over us
    As we empty out self everyday in prayer and know and pray HIS WILL
    ” Thy will be done” Mk 14:36
    GOD gives the orders
    “It shall be told thee” Acts 9:6

    The answer and key to victory is
    submission, obedience, and service
    What can I do for my Savior today?
    iPray
    iObey
    iSubmit
    iWork…….. In JESUS Name.

  2. We need to be deligent about doing what we are supposed to be doing. David was supposed to go to war, but tarried. He got in a heap of trouble. If we stay in prayer, in the Word and in prayer the way we should, we can avoid a lot of problems and especially, sin.

    In this situation Uriah was more honorable than David. His only concern was for his men and the battle. He was not going to tarry, as David did, when there was work to be done for the Kingdom. We too should not tarry when there is work to be done.

    iwork!

  3. iLove to eat breakfast with Jesus

    LUST

    (James 4:1) From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

    (James 4:2) Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

    (James 4:3) Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

    (James 4:4) Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

    (James 4:5) Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

    (James 4:6) But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

    (James 4:7) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

    (James 4:8) Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

    (James 4:9) Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

    (James 4:10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

  4. Uriah the Hittite loved his King. He was devoted to his people and to his country. He trusted in David’s decision. Uriah did what he was supposed to do.

    In an attempt to “cover up” his sin, David tempts Uriah. First he tries to make him eat the King’s meat so he would go home to his wife. Uriah slept at the door of the King’s house.

    Next he tried to tempt him with wine and get him drunk so he would go home to his wife. He drank but still would not go home.

    Though we see the tragic end of Uriah was fighting for his King in the front lines of the battle – He may have thought this was his promotion – Uriah remained faithful and true to his King.

    We are encouraged today to be faithful to our great King Jesus! Not to take of the meat of the world, or slip into a state of complacency. Uriah knew his season and I believe He died content and where he wanted to be, in the service of the King.

    2 Timothy 2:3-4
    Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

  5. this is a good excample of makeing one bad decision and how one thing leads to somthing worse if david was were he was supost to be he may not have sinned

  6. Uriah was showing more integrity as a leader in this chapter than David was. He would not go into the comfort of his own home and wife while his leaders were in battle. This speaks to all of us to not allow the world to exhibit more integrity than the hidden of the Most High God. He has called us to be lights and examples and if there are people exhibiting more convictions in eir lifestyle than Holy Ghost filled saints, we need to examine our hearts.

  7. The Wrong place at the Wrong time.

    David put himself at the wrong place at the wrong time. Instead of going to take care of his responsibilities he stayed behind. The right thing was to come back in once he realized what the lady was doing but he chose incorrectly and sinned. That was not enough having everything he desire what his captain had. In the military that is the lowest thing a commander can do. A military leader does not eat until all his troop eats first, they do not come home until their last soldier is home, as a leader you put the needs & wants of your soldiers first. On top of that after sinning he decides he wants to trick Uriah into taking responsibility for the consequences of his sin but Uriah was a correct leader he was not going to sleep in a bed with his wife when the rest of his troop was still out.

    That wasn’t enough he had to take an innocent man’s life to fulfill his carnal needs.

    We can not cover a sin with another. The only way to wash sin away is by the Blood of Jesus Christ which is applied by repentance, baptism in Jesus Name, and the gift of the Holy Ghost.

  8. THE PROCESS OF SIN

    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 Bath–sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? (2 Samuel 11:2, 3 KJV)

    There are several steps we learn from David in this chapter about the process of sin. We have learned many things from the testimony of David’s life about relationship, courage, fear, triumph, recovery, praise and battle. Now we learn how to fail GOD. Let’s observe some of the steps that lead to sin and death:

    1. The first thing David did wrong was be “Out of POSITION” it was time for battle and David remained home.

    2. Secondly, David “Lingured in the LOOK” David violated has own personal value system in looking until LUST and desire took over his actions.

    3. The third and probably most critical point of the fall into sin was that “LUST lead to INQUIRY” It was inquiry that led Eve astray and eventually mankind.

    4. Finally, he acted on his own personal, selfish, burning desire to have something that was forbidden.

    Morality and Godly convictions were lost in the burning passion of lust. The only way to defeat lust is to avoid lust.

    iPray
    iWork

  9. Davvid’s notorious moral lapse was

    1 Neglect of his business
    2 Love of ease and the indulgence of a slothful temper
    3 A wandering eye

  10. But David tarried , and that is when it all started. If you know what you are supposed to be doing for the Kingdom of God and we tarry what will happen, not to just us but the others around us that we are set forth to help.I pray that the Lord help me to keep to my path and my eyes forward and the truth in all things

  11. Uriah was a faithful servant and soldier. It is sad that he lost his life because of a mans lust.
    Lust is a deceiver… Let it overtake you and many lives are injured and here even lost. Love is the real power. Uriah loved his king. Loved his soldiers. Not so sure that God did not allow Uriah s death to spare him the pain of the betrayal of his wife and his king.

  12. 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.

    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.

    This chapter starts with “but David” and ends with “but God.” Getting out of the will of God can be as easy as omission (not doing what you’re supposed to do, not being where you’re supposed to be, etc.) God had a plan, “but David” did his own thing; David came up with a plan, “but God” said, not so fast. There is an attitude that can help us stay committed and focused:

    And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you? (Nehemiah 6:3 KJV)

    We gotta stay in the flow of the will of God, and be sensitive to identify those things that will be a snare to us. David was out of position and ended up falling to temptation; the sacrifice of daily obedience and discipline to stay in our position can make a world of difference, both for us and those around us.

  13. It seems that sometimes we use our authority to get what doesn’t belong to us. We Play with fire, eventually we will get burned. Any sin or anything that we do can’t be hidden, God knows and sees it all. One sin led to another in David’s life. But the price of sin is death. Again whose voice did David listen to? Definitely not the Lord’s, but his own( lust of the flesh and of the eyes).
    Proverbs 5:21-23 Mark well that God doesn’t miss a move you make; He’s aware of every step you take. The shadow of your sin will overtake you; you’ll find yourself in the dark. Death is the reward of an undisciplined life: your foolish decisions trap you in a dead end. MSG
    Prov. 28:13
    You can’t whitewash your sins and get by with it; you find mercy by admitting and leaving them.
    Psalms 19:13
    Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins(stupid sins) MSG . Let them not have dominion over me. Amen!!!!

  14. If David would have been on the battle field (doing God’s work)he would not have been in a place to be tempted by sin.How many times do we stand in a place of temptation because we are somewhere or doing something we know we do not need to be doing,because of the things or people we are around.Don’t put yourself in this postion and you won’t have to sin again to try and cover up what you have already done.Let’s all become fully engaged in God’s work and this will not happen to us!!

  15. Uriah happens to be the inoccent bystander doing as the king requests. He trusted the annointed man of God, to behave like the man of God should.. The issue is that he still is a “man” and since the fall of Adam, sin has been ever prevelant in “man/womens” lives. David took advantage of that trust, and authority when he lead Uriah astray. As believers we need to treat that God-given authority with respect and sensitivity, also walking on the path we teach and preach about.

    Lev 19:14 Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD. KJV

    2 Cor 6:3 We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry.NLT

  16. I love to eat lunch with Jesus

    “The Dangers of Being a night Owl”
    And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed… (2 Samuel 11:2 KJV)
    Eventide
    TWOT –
    עֶרֶב `ereb
    Noun Masculine eh’-reb
    from (06150)
    from ; dusk:–+ day, even(-ing, tide), night.
    evening, night, sunset
    evening, sunset
    night

    Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. (1 Thessalonians 5:5-8 KJV)

    DAVID SLEPT IN THE DAY AND ROSE UP IN THE NIGHT…

    THE TV HAS MANY BATHSHEBA PROGRAMS FOR THE NIGHT OWL… BEWARE OH YE NIGHT OWL AND GO TO SLEEP IN THE NIGHT AND AWAKE AS CHILDREN OF THE DAY.

  17. CASULITY OF WAR

    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.

    Uriah was a causality of war, but unfortunatly not the last. David saw him as being collateral damage because he had morals. Unfortunately, many times, church people do this not only with the lost many times, but also with each other. We must take careful thought to what we say and how its said, so that we don’t do this. Many times, saints will neglect to lift up their pastor, or the other ministers, because they will simply find another church if they are offended. The mentality is that the ministers are there to serve, and that they picked the front lines, so they deserve to be left all alone to fight the enemy.

    Just think of the power and change that would happen if there were unity and that the saints and leadership fought as hard to lift their elders up as their elders fight to lift up their pastor.What a MIGHTY army that would be.

  18. An idle mind is the Devils playground.

    David neglected his duties and it got him in trouble . Worse, while in sin he tried to hide his sin and it took him further than he intended to go. Bethshebas husband had more integrity than David. He would not enjoy himself at home while Isreal was at war. All could have been avoided if David would have done what he was supposed to do, Go to war.
    We are at war today, gear up and fight ,to many souls need Jesus for us to be idle.

  19. finding something you want and doing whatever it takes even to death to get that something that is not even yours is sin, or displeasing in the sight of the lord. its practically stealing.

  20. This whole chapeter is just a story of neglact of spiritual responsibility, deceving, betrayl and coniving. It is sad that david allowed himself to stoop so low as to commit these actions. He was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time and allowed his lust to get the best of him. We must gaurd our spirits so that we dont allow ourselves to fall as David did.
    James 1:15
    Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

  21. When we don’t do what we are suppose to do we get our self in trouble. Just like David we suppose to be at the battle with his army but didn’t go that got him in trouble.
    Always do what we must do

  22. David and Bathsheba’s story shows that little wrong decisions often lead to big mistakes. It is likely that neither was where he or she should have been. Bathsheba may have been rash in bathing where she might be seen; David should have been at war. Each decision contributed to the beginning of a very sad series of events. Bathsheba must have been devastated by the chain of events – unfaithfulness to her husband, discovered she was pregnant, and death of her husband. A sin may seem like one small seed, but the harvest of consequences is beyond measure.

    From her life we see that the little, day-to-day choices we make are very important. They prepare us to make the right choices when the big decisions come. Understanding this should make us more conscious of the decisions we make and more willing to include God in our decision making.

  23. Making Room for Sin.

    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.

    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.

    Sin will cost you more than you barganed for. Sin will also make you make decisions that you though you would never have to make. Sin is a killer of life spiritually and physically. It hurts not just the person doing the sin, but the people closest to them too. It cost David a mans life and a baby that he wasn’t planning on. What has the cost of our sin been for us and our families? It wasn’t just David, but also his new wife a husband, a child, Uriahs family a son, maybe a brother, a friend. This was the cost of this sin.

    So the big question, what are we willing to pay for our sin? God paid the ultimate price for all sin, DEATH! He paid for us to be with him , and all He wants in return is a relationship with Him.

  24. Making Room for Sin.

    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.

    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.

    Sin will cost you more than you barganed for. Sin will also make you make decisions that you though you would never have to make. Sin is a killer of life spiritually and physically. It hurts not just the person doing the sin, but the people closest to them too. It cost David a mans life and a baby that he wasn’t planning on. What has the cost of our sin been for us and our families? It wasn’t just David, but also his new wife a husband, a child, Uriahs family a son, maybe a brother, a friend. This was the cost of this sin.

    So the big question, what are we willing to pay for our sin? God paid the ultimate price for all sin, DEATH! He paid for us to be with him , and all He wants in return is a relationship with Him.

  25. This chapter shows how important it is to make the right (Jesus) decision. David made a series of bad decisions:

    1) He should have gone with his men into battle; but, he stayed home.
    2) The second he saw the woman, is the second he should have looked
    away; but, he didn’t.
    3) Inquiring of the woman was none of his business; but, he did.
    4) Summoning her was just wrong; but he did anyway.
    5) Trying to send Uriah home to cover up his sin…..wrong again.
    6) Getting Uriah drunk since his first attempt didn’t work….wrong.
    7) And then pretty much setting up Uriah’s execution.

    We need to be careful and make sure that we ask God to be in the midst of any decision we make, first of all. But if we do falter in some way, the way we respond to that is key. You can either continue in your spiral of deceit or you can get down on your knees and repent.

  26. The poor inasent men get the harsh punishedment from one man mistake!…david knew what he would do will hurt and effect the people he knew… I wounded if Uriah would have been so committed to david and protecting him and the city if he knew what him and his boss did one knight when he was a battle

  27. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. -1 John 2:16

    But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. -James 1:14-15

    Sin always requires us to pay more than we expect. Surely David never planned to have the life of Uriah taken, but lust conceived sin and sin brought about death.

  28. What is David doing? David didn’t go into the battle with his army. He stayed behind. He had too much idol time on his hands. This is why it is good for us to be fully engaged with our church. If we fill our days with serving the lord we will not have that idol time to consider sin.

    • Idle time with idol time. If we are fully engaged in the Lord we won’t let any idol come in his place. Fully engaged= no idol time

  29. I clogged earlier but my phone messed up and it deleted it, so im going to try again.

    I have always been curious about Bathsheba, and what kind of woman she was. We learn little about her from the story: she takes a bath where she can be seen, she pretty, married, sleeps with david, gets pregnant, mourns the loss of her husband, marries david, gives birth to a son. My curiosity stems from the story never relaying whether or not she tried to stop the adulterous act or if she was just as willing. Abigail had approached david while he was angry and spoke to him to keep him from acting foolishly, had Bathsheba done the same I believe she would have been met with the same respect. Of course there is always the possibility she was too afraid, I mean he was king of all israel who was she to deny him? As a christian this line of thinking challenges me to remember to stand for my beliefs despite opposition even from people in authority such as bosses in the work place.

  30. Uriah the Hittite
    Uriah was a man of integrity. He was fighting for the king and for God when the king completely dishonored him. When David tried to cover it up, it did not work. Uriah was protecting the king. He was humble in the fact that if the ark was in a tent he was not going to be better than God by sleeping and eatinh in his own house. He still did not go in his own home after the king made him drunk. He was then placed in the battle with the valiant men, where he died. We should all strive to be like Uriah and perdue integrity and humility like Uriah.

  31. David realized the wrong he did, and tried hiding it by killing Uriah.

    We need to remember God sees all the wrong we do even if we try to hide it.

  32. Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.

    The passive aggression of Joab is evident in these 8 words. Joab wasn’t relaying news or letting David know his orders were carried out, he was reminding David of his sin.

  33. This chapter illustrates integrity. David was foolish to try and cover his sin, for the one that will Judge (God) him knows all and sees all. We too can learn from this example for the Lord doth also know all and see all that we do and/or refuse to do. “But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.” For this very reason one should be concerned with what Jesus (Judge) thinks. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  34. I have heard it said that if you live for God hard, it is easy’ but if you live for God easy, it is hard. David wasn’t doing his job-he was back at the palace taking it easy and had left his post. He was at ease in Zion and with nothiing to do but wait on reports from the battle, he allowed his eye and mind to wander. He became carnal while living for God easy–then things became hard. His servant Uriah was doing every thing right, which may have even angered David because he knew on the inside that he had done a stupid, careless and immoral act and he couldn’t get Uriah to do that too! So, the punishment he faced was hard-he lost a newborn child which grieved both him & Bathsheba.

    There is punisment for sexual sins in your flesh that repentamce will not cover-you do have to repent, but there is still a punishment to bear. David bore his in the sorrow of the child’s death. So, our lesson should be to learn from David’s mistake: live for God Hard-don’t be at ease in Zion (in the church) when there is so much preparation to do for souls . Be Church!

  35. 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.

    Even though David thought he knew what he wanted, it wasn’t what God wanted. He issued a kill order on Uriah. A order that he was going to pay dearly for later. Sometimes we try to get rid of good things and people in our life, only to find out that without them, we dig ourselves in a deeper hole. God doesn’t want us to try to get rid of the good things, he was us to place a kill order on the bad things in our life. If christians would spend more time trying to get rid of the negative in their life as they do trying to alter the positive, they could be greater vessels for God.

  36. David s heart was hardened and he showed no remorse even afterwards.God was displeased is an undestatement.

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