11Then it happeneda2in the spring, at the time when kingsgo out to battle, that DavidsentJoab and his servants with him and allIsrael, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and 3besiegedRabbah. But Davidstayed at Jerusalem.
Now when eveningcameDavidarose from his bed and walkedaround on 4the roof of the king'shouse, and from the roof he saw a womanbathing; and the woman was verybeautiful in appearance.
So Davidsent and inquired about the woman. And one said, "Is this not 5Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of 6Uriah the Hittite?"
4Davidsentmessengers and took her, and when she came to him, 7he lay with her; 8and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house.
The womanconceived; and she sent and toldDavid, and said, "9I ampregnant."
Then Davidsent to Joab, saying, "Send me Uriah the Hittite." So JoabsentUriah to David.
When Uriahcame to him, 10Davidasked concerning the welfare of Joab and bthe people and the state of the war.
Then Davidsaid to Uriah, "Godown to your house, and 11wash your feet." And Uriahwent out of the king'shouse, and a present from the kingcwas sent out after him.
But Uriahslept12at the door of the king'shouse with all the servants of his lord, and did not godown to his house.
Now when they toldDavid, saying, "Uriah did not godown to his house," Davidsaid to Uriah, "Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not godown to your house?"
11Uriahsaid to David, "13The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in dtemporaryshelters, and my lordJoab and 14the servants of my lord are camping in the openfield. Shall I then go to my house to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? By your life and the life of your soul, I will not dothisthing."
Then Davidsaid to Uriah, "15Stayheretodayalso, and tomorrow I will let you go." So Uriahremained in Jerusalem that day and the enext.
Now Davidcalled him, and he ate and drankbefore him, and he 16made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his bed17with his lord'sservants, but he did not godown to his house.
Now in the morningDavid18wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
1519He had written in the letter, saying, "fPlaceUriah in the frontline of the gfiercestbattle and withdraw from him, 20so that he may be struckdown and die."
So it was as Joabkeptwatch on the city, that he putUriah at the placewhere he knew there were valiantmen.
The men of the citywent out and foughtagainstJoab, and some of the peopleamongDavid'sservantsfell; and 21Uriah the Hittitealsodied.
Then Joabsent and reported to Davidall the events of the war.
He charged the messenger, saying, "When you have finishedtellingall the events of the war to the king,
and if it happens that the king'swrathrises and he says to you, 'Why did you go so near to the city to fight? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall?
21'Who22struckdownAbimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Did not a womanthrow an uppermillstone on him from the wall so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?'-then you shall say, 'Your servantUriah the Hittite is deadalso.' "
So the messengerdeparted and came and reported to Davidall that Joab had sent him to tell.
The messengersaid to David, "The menprevailedagainst us and came out against us in the field, but we hpressed them as far as the entrance of the gate.
"Moreover, the archersshot at your servants from the wall; so some of the king'sservants are dead, and your servantUriah the Hittite is alsodead."
Then Davidsaid to the messenger, "Thus you shall say to Joab, 'Do not let thisthingidisplease you, for the sworddevoursone as well as another; make your battleagainst the citystronger and overthrow it'; and so encourage him."
Now when the wife of Uriahheard that Uriah her husband was dead, 23she mourned for her husband.
When the time of mourning was over, Davidsent and jbrought her to his house and 24she became his wife; then she bore him a son. But 25the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the LORD.