2 Samuel 11:1

Overview - 2 Samuel 11
While Joab besieges Rabbah, David commits adultery with Bath-sheba.
Uriah, sent for by David to cover the adultery, would not go home.
14 He carries to Joab the letter of his death.
18 Joab sends the news thereof to David.
26 David takes Bath-sheba to wife.
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2 Samuel 11:1  (King James Version)
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.

M. 2969. B.C. 1035. An. Ex. Is. 456. after the year,
Hebrew at the return of the year.
1 Kings 20:22 1 Kings 20:26 ; 2 Chronicles 36:10 ; Ecclesiastes 3:8

at the time
The sacred historian seems to intimate that there was one particular time of the year to which military operations were limited; and Josephus informs us that this took place in the beginning of spring. In another part of his works he says, that as soon as spring was begun, Adad levied and led forth his army against the Hebrews. Antiochus also prepared to invade Judea at the first appearance of spring; and Vespasian marched to Antipatris at the commencement of the same season. The kings and armies of the East, says Chardin, do not march but when there is grass, and when they can encamp, which is in April. This rule, however, seems to be disregarded in modern times.* David sent.
1Ch 20:1 Zec 14:3

12:26 Deuteronomy 3:11 ; 1 Chronicles 20:1 ; Ezekiel 21:20