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.

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.

3 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?

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.

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

6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David.

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.

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.

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.

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.

48 thoughts on “2 Samuel Chapter 11

  1. This chapter is captioned in the MSG version as “David’s Sin and Sorrow”. David had sinned and he was trying to fix it by the process of elimination; but, his sin gave birth to something else he could not deny. We need to be content with what the Lord blesses us with and not try to get more for ourselves. Numbers 32:23 NKJV says “But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.”

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

    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.

  3. 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.

    When a person if not doing what he is supposed to be doing, it often leads to trouble in their physical and spiritual life.

  4. “Then David sent messengers to get her; and when she came to the palace, he slept with her. She had just completed the purification rites after having her menstrual period. Then she returned home.”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭11:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  5. The only man in the Bible with the label ” after God’s own heart”, you would think would be above actions such as these. He is king of all Israel. He should be without sin! ….but he’s not Jesus, is he? He is very much a human, proving that even those that are pure in heart can fall at some time. We always need Your forgiveness, Your mercy and Your grace, LORD.

  6. The scriptures that came to my mind after reading this chapter is James 1:14-15. “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.”

    2 Samuel 11
    vs.2, … and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
    vs. 3, And David sent and enquired after the woman…
    vs.4, And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her…
    vs.15, And he wrote in the lettter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
    vs. 17, … and Uriah the Hittite died also.

  7. FALLEN FAVOR

    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 makes a mess of lives and situations. A moment of lust created chaos for the King. The Kings attempt to “cover up” his sin, drove him deeper into demise and deceit. Now he has displeased the LORD and fallen from HIS favor.

    Davids year spent of fleeing the fallen Saul and his sword, being tucked under the wing of GOD, David had taken advantage of his Favor through the acts of lust, adultery, lying, deceiving, plotting and planning death.

    This testimony should humble any Leader. No one is exempt from temptation, lust and sin. We all must guard our hearts and keep them directed to and after the LORD, avoiding any and every opportunity to abuse the Favor of GOD to take advantage of others.

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  8. 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.

    David could not help the chance encounter on the roof. Where the sin was created was in the continued obsession with her. All human beings come into the world thinking that we are the center of the universe and that no boundaries really apply to us. A baby is concerned with nothing else than having its immediate needs met. In fact, this instinct for self-preservation can even be seen as part of God’s creation. We usually do not see anything sinful in a baby’s cry when they are hungry. It is one thing for a week old baby to demand that her world serve its needs to be fed, changed, etc.. it is quite another thing for an 18-year-old or a 40-year-old to make the same demands.

    At its most fundamental level, this is the nature of sin – the human tendency to be self-serving and self-satisfied.

  9. 11 Uriah replied, “The Ark and the armies of Israel and Judah are living in tents, and Joab and my master’s men are camping in the open fields. How could I go home to wine and dine and sleep with my wife? I swear that I would never do such a thing.”

    This is a perfect example of a team player. Uriah could not bare of taking a break from battle to go home and rest, while his fellow soldiers endured hardship on the battle field. Its the concept of “one team, one fight, one mission”. It’s a bond between soldiers that is built through trust, honesty, integrity and knowing they can rely on each other during battle.

  10. iLove to grow in the Word
    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.

    Get to work and bad stuff won’t happen.

  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.

    Hallelujah!!! Don’t let anyone or anything cause you to lose your salvation and your families salvation. Keep your eyes on the Lord and keep the focus on Him. Temptation is not a respecter of persons or “leaders” Guard your eyes, mind, and body of sin. Let Jesus be your focus and guidance in life!!!! Don’t let anyone loose the focus you have on the Lord!!!

  12. 17. And when the enemy soldiers came out of the city to fight, Uriah the Hittite was killed along with several other Israelite soldiers. NLT

    David’s sin not only cost him, but it also cost Uriah his life, Bathsheba her husband, Joab the knowledge that he purposely sent a good man to his death, and several other Israelite soldiers their lives as well…
    Sin always costs more than what you expect to pay.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.
    David made a fatal mistake by allowing hisflesh to get the best of him. It’s amazing to see the depth that he went to in order to kill Uzziah and cover it up. But as we will see in the next chapter…. be sure your sin will find you out!

  15. 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.

    You can’t just sin once. In other words, sin is a lifestyle, not something you do once and then move on from it. David found this out, because after he slept with her, to cover up his sin, he went and had husband killed as well. You can’t sin once and go “Oh it was just one time”. Because sin will grab ahold of you and it won’t want to let go. You will end up deeper in it than you expected to be. So don’t give it space to do anything in your life.

  16. 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.

    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.

    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.

    Uriah knew where his loyalties lied and showed great character by standing with his men even when he was not present with them. In the same way, we must stand with our brothers in this battle of kingdoms, by praying without ceasing even when we are apart from the brothers

  17. 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.

  18. 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 follows sin. All you have to do is commit one sin and then another one follows and another one to cover that sin up and it continues to you have found yourself lost and completely living in darkness. Yes, we all fall short of God and we will all sin but it is important to recognize when we do and begin to seek the Lord to forgive us and help not to turn to that life of darkness!

    “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  19. David faltering due to lust

    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.

    3 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?

    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.

    King David lust was so great that he forgot God’s law which he was to keep in his heart Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

    Lust is a temporary emotion but the actions taken due to lust could lead to a permanent death and eternity I hell.

  20. 2 Samuel 11:22 The messenger set out and when he arrived he told David everything Joab had sent him to say. The messenger said to David the men overpowered us and came out against us in the open but we drove them back to the entrance of The City Gate. Then the archers shot arrows at your serrant from the wall and some of the King’s men died. Moreover your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead. David told the messenger say this to Joab don’t let this upset you the sword devours one as well as another. Press the attack against the city and destroy it. Say this to encourage Joab. When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead she mourned for him. Afters the time of mourning was over David had her brough to his house and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displease the Lord.

  21. 27 When the period of mourning was over, David sent for her and brought her to the palace, and she became one of his wives. Then she gave birth to a son. But the Lord was displeased with what David had done.

    David successfully covered his sin from the eyes of man, but he apparently forgot God was still watching. God is all-knowing and we should remember that whenever temptation comes before us.

  22. “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 ‭11:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    It seems that David wasn’t suppose to stay in Jerusalem. If he would have joined his men in battle the sin and sorrow would have never happened.

  23. OH what a terrible web we weave when at first we deceive.
    David just kept getting himself in a mess. The temptation of Basheba was not a sin but it was the act that he acted upon. The enemy is going to bring temptation all around us yet the we must flee towards God and not I to the temptation. David went from sin to sin teying to cover all he jaddid wrong when God already knew. This is why it is so important to stay close to God and why we need accountability to our pastor or pastors wife. Someone you can trust someone you know u can share your most trying times with. Don’t be ashamed of temptation and if you fall don’t run from God trying to fix it because like David it just gets worse. So stay close to God and to the church and to those who watch out for your soul.

  24. The sin of David and Bathsheba was to result in further deceit and eventually in the death of the innocent party. Unless rapidly refused,one sin so often leads to another. Although it was forgiven by God (Psalm 51),the sin was to have tragic consequences for him personally, for his own family, and for his nation.

    Stay on the right track, don’t get tripped up, with God’s help you can throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entanglesyou.

    Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

    Oh how has the mighty fallen! David anointed and had the hand of God on his life, but got distracted by a woman and couldn’t see straight. He went from seeking God’s kingdom to building his own kindom. Just because your a king David doesn’t mean your exempt from sin. Sin is sin there isn’t no excuse.

  28. When we do things our way situations can get messy or even cause people to get hurt. So before we think that everything is all good and we can handle it, make sure God is in the situation as well.

  29. 2 Samuel 11:1 (KJV Strong’s)

    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.

    The spirit of distraction took hold of David. He was out of place, and seduction came. He was supposed to be warring for God, but instead warred for his flesh.

    If we are not careful we can find ourselves out of place, and then the enemy attacks. Remember that Satan hangs out next to the tree you aren’t supposed to eat.

  30. 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 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.

  31. Temptation.
    27/ when the time of mourning was over David had her brought to the palace;
    She became his wife and bore him a son. But the Lord was not pleased with what David had done.

    WOW. Please Lord I understand that you are not happy sometimes too. Especially
    When we take or do things on our own. All I can say is whew!!!! THANKYOU Lord for warning me not to do something unappropiate.

  32. 27 After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.

    There is never a “little sin” in the Lords eyes. When David did a sin it didn’t stop there there where more to come just to cover up that one sin from the human plain eye. But guess what!? The Lord sees everything unlike humans, from one sin to the other they are the all same in his eyes! David thought he got away by being so sneaky and hiding his sin but he couldn’t hide it from the one God who sees all. You can’t hide your sin from God, you might think you got away from somebody but God isn’t just a somebody he is the all seeing God!

  33. 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.

    Uriah’s wife had no idea that David had sent him to be killed. David tired to cover one sin with another. GOD knew what David was going to do; as GOD knows what I’m going to do. It doesn’t matter where I am; GOD will know my every move. There is no way to outrun GOD; I can’t hide from HIM. As GOD knew David was in a cave; HE also knows my heart and where I am. I know that I can’t cover one sin with another. Sin will just compound sin; there is no way around it. I can’t lie and then cover that with another lie. Eventually the truth will come out. I can’t run and hide; or cover my sin with more sin.

    Thank you Jesus….Amen!!!!!

  34. 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.

    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.

    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.

    Uriah was not content to be comfortable while his comrads, brethren were out on the battle field. He was probably wondering why the King was taking such an intrest in him! Alot of times we are comfortable with our situation, were being blessed, God is providing, all is well, but our brother is suffering, fighting spiritual battles, if I know someone is battling, i need to be battling , if their not comfortable then I dont need to be either….I GOT YOUR 6

  35. And tje wage of sin is death…. In this case took the phisical lives of some of the army of Israel and yes with it Uriah. We see how once sin crept in it all went down like a snow ball effect. David a man after God’s own heart he was tempted and lusted, commited adultery, chose not to listen when it was told to him she was the wife of another man, attempted to decive and used manipulation, all the wat down to ordering his faithful servant to do some atrocious…death. I think David is a great example of our frail humanity and how we fail in many areas of our lives yet he is still known from the word of God as a man after God’s own heart. There is hope for all the David’s in the world and there is hope for me. His Amazing grace.

    On a second thought, that left me thinking what about Joab? What if one receives such orders?

    So the next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and gave it to Uriah to deliver. The letter instructed Joab, “Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Then pull back so that he will be killed.” So Joab assigned Uriah to a spot close to the city wall where he knew the enemy’s strongest men were fighting. And when the enemy soldiers came out of the city to fight, Uriah the Hittite was killed along with several other Israelite soldiers.

  36. 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.

    The Lord showed me what David was going to do with Uriah. David did what he had to do which in my opinion that was not the best way to do it. The part I don’t understand is when David married the women. And when they killed her husband. And when the women and David had a son.

    The bible says to never give up hope and faith.

    1 Peter 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

    2 Corinthians 10:15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly

    Thank you Jesus and all……..Amen.

  37. One thing can lead to another as we find here with David. Sin is a flame that quickly grows and spreads. In this case not only David, but Uriah, Bathseba, and an innocent baby pay the price for David’s offense (2 Sam 12:18). Any sin against a human being is a sin against God. David realizes the truth and expresses it in Psalm 51:4 “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.” Sadly David finds the progression of sin too late. The more he tries to cover it up, the more harm he causes. Sin separates us from God and when we repent we turn away from sin and back to God.

  38. “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.” The word of God (Jesus) recorded for all to see David’s actions “displeased the Lord”. One should be mindful and prayerful about one’s own actions, for if they are unpleasing to God (Judge) then one has already lost. Dear God, reveal unto us if our actions please you, or if they only please self. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  39. “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.” What we write and what we say are both seen by the Lord. We must be mindful that the Lord is keeping a record of all, likewise we should be mindful that whatever is not under the blood is uncovered. God awaken us and forgive us, in Jesus name.

  40. 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.

    Own up to your mistakes, don’t run away from them or hide them.

  41. “It 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.”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭11:1‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

    If it was a “time when kings go off to war”, I wonder why David didn’t go? Things would have been different. 

  42. David was tempted and nothing could hold him back. It took him to go to extremes to clean up the damage he had caused. Lord deliver us from the enemy that wants to kill, still and destroy.

  43. This sin would end up haunting David the rest of his life. According to the law, he should have died, but he found grace in God. God may forgive sins but some sins have earthly consequences that will be lived with throughout life.

  44. Lies and deceit are covered up with more lies and deceit. David caved into his fleshly desires and had to construct a web of lies, and plans used to deceive all those around him and ultimately kill Uriah.

  45. 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.

    3 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?

    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.

    Guard your heart and mind from temptation, don’t allow yourself to be in a place where temptation is there. Be prayerful protecting your spirit at all times.

  46. 2 Samuel Chapter 11

    JESUS today YOU will SAVE me.

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    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 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.

    3 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?

    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.

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

    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.

    Doing things the Lord’s way doesn’t put priority on convenience, personal preference, or the transient appetites of the flesh. During this time period, David displayed a sort of selfish, lazy mentality that led him to devalue God, devalue the opportunities for servanthood God presented him with, and devalue to individuals he had the opportunity to work with. Because of this, he didn’t seem at all bothered to stay home in his comfortable palace with fine food and his wives while his armies along with the Ark of the Covenant were far off at war. Uriah, on the other hand, would not give in to the temptation to even go to his home (let alone the palace) and to his wife while his comrades could not enjoy similar comforts. Uriah displayed the selfless, compassionate traits that David once valued and lived by. Uriah even said plainly he would not give in to the temptation to enjoy those comforts while the Ark of the Covenant was away with Israel’s troops. The presence of God meant so much to him that Uriah considered it a dishonor to God to slack off on his duty and discipline as a soldier even for one night while they were in a season of battle. Meanwhile, David sat out the entire conflict in his palace.

    David’s carnal mindset drew him away from compassion because he lost his ability to have empathy for his soldiers at war, and as such he decided to enjoy himself with the easy choice of Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife. She was not for David, but he chose to use her outside of covenant because it pleased him more than respecting God, his own wives, Uriah, Israel’s troops, to Bathsheba herself, or even to himself.

    We can dabble in “temporary substitutes” when it pleases our flesh to do so, and we even may see “fruit” from it (the child conceived) however that doesn’t mean it’s in the will of God or the correct thing to do. After David realized the problems that would result from his choice, he chose to try to eliminate the consequences instead of address the root problem. He tried to make Uriah bear the consequences of his sin instead of dealing with his moral failing by taking personal responsibility for it. God, however, made David face his sin with Bathsheba AND his secondary sin of murdering Uriah in an attempt to avoid responsibility.

    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.

  47. David learns the hard way that he cannot cover his sin of adultery with murder. He actually just made things worse. God knows where we are and what we’ve done, so come humbly before the Lord and repent.

  48. 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.

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

    I often wonder what she was thinking? How did she get herself into this situation? Married yet pregnant with the Kings child.

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