and charged the messenger, saying, "When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king,
and if so be that the king's wrath arise and he say unto thee, `Why approached ye so nigh unto the city when ye fought? Knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall?
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.'"
So the messenger went, and came and showed David all that Joab had sent him for.
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 entrance of the gate.
And the shooters shot from the wall upon thy servants; and some of the king's servants are dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also."
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. Press thy battle stronger against the city, and overthrow it'; and encourage thou him."
And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.
And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house; and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.