Bible Story of King David and Bathsheba, the Wife of Uriah

The story of David and Bathsheba reminds us of how great men who are called by God are still humans and struggle with sin. This is a summary of the Biblical account of David and Bathsheba. Read more in-depth Bible verses in the Scripture below and use the articles and videos to understand the meaning behind this teachable event in the Bible.

Adultery of David

The events begin with King David choosing to stay home in Jerusalem while he sent the rest of the Israelite army to fight other nations and kings. David is relaxing and walking on the palace roof when he sees a beautiful woman bathing on her roof. David was immediately drawn to her and sent messengers to find out who she was. The messengers returned and told David that her name was Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah. Despite David knowing that she was married, he sent for her and slept with her. Bathsheba later sends word to David that she was pregnant.

Uriah Sent to His Death

David was nervous that his sin of adultery would now be found out. The King called for Uriah to come home so that he could spend a night with his wife, Bathsheba, and cover up the sin that Bathsheba was pregnant with David's child. However, Uriah refused to sleep with his wife while his fellow men were off fighting. David was filled with anger that his plan did not work. When Uriah went back to war, King David sent a note to the army commander with instructions to have Uriah put at the frontline and to withdraw so that he would die.  Bathsheba mourned her husband's death and was then brought to King David to be his wife.

The prophet Nathan visited King David and told him of the Lord's disapproval and displeasure with David. Even though David repented of his sin, Nathan told David that the son Bathsheba was expecting would die.

Bible Commentary on David and Bathsheba

Observe the occasions of David's sin; what led to it. 1. Neglect of his business. He tarried at Jerusalem. When we are out of the way of our duty, we are in temptation. 2. Love of ease: idleness gives a great advantage to the tempter. 3. A wandering eye. He had not, like Job, made a covenant with his eyes, or, at this time, he had forgotten it. And observe the steps of the sin. See how the way of sin is down-hill; when men begin to do evil, they cannot soon stop. Observe the aggravations of the sin. How could David rebuke or punish that in others, of which he was conscious that he himself was guilty?

Giving way to sin hardens the heart, and provokes the departure of the Holy Spirit. Robbing a man of his reason is worse than robbing him of his money, and drawing him into sin, is worse than drawing him into any worldly trouble whatever. ~ Excerpt from Matthew Henry's Commentary on 2 Samuel.

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