2 Samuel 11:25

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 11:25  (King James Version)
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.

displease thee
Hebrew be evil in thine eyes. for the sword.
Joshua 7:8 Joshua 7:9 ; 1 Samuel 6:9 ; Ecclesiastes 9:1-3 Ecclesiastes 9:11 Ecclesiastes 9:12

Hebrew so and such.
What abominable hypocrisy was here! He well knew that the death of this noble and gallant man was no chance-medley: he was by his own order thrust on the sword.