And it cometh to pass, at the revolution of the year -- at
the time of the going out of the messengers -- that David sendeth Joab, and his
servants with him, and all Israel, and they destroy the Bene-Ammon, and lay
siege against Rabbah. And David is dwelling in Jerusalem,
and it cometh to pass, at evening-time, that David riseth
from off his couch, and walketh up and down on the roof of the king's house,
and seeth from the roof a woman bathing, and the woman is of very good
and David sendeth and inquireth about the woman, and saith,
'Is not this Bath-Sheba, daughter of Eliam, wife of Uriah the Hittite?'
And David sendeth messengers, and taketh her, and she cometh
unto him, and he lieth with her -- and she is purifying herself from her
uncleanness -- and she turneth back unto her house;
and the woman conceiveth, and sendeth, and declareth to
David, and saith, 'I am conceiving.'
And David sendeth unto Joab, 'Send unto me Uriah the
Hittite,' and Joab sendeth Uriah unto David;
and Uriah cometh unto him, and David asketh of the
prosperity of Joab, and of the prosperity of the people, and of the prosperity
of the war.
And David saith to Uriah, 'Go down to thy house, and wash
thy feet;' and Uriah goeth out of the king's house, and there goeth out after
him a gift from the king,
and Uriah lieth down at the opening of the king's house,
with all the servants of his lord, and hath not gone down unto his house.
And they declare to David, saying, 'Uriah hath not gone down
unto his house;' and David saith unto Uriah, 'Hast thou not come from a
journey? wherefore hast thou not gone down unto thy house?'
And Uriah saith unto David, 'The ark, and Israel, and Judah,
are abiding in booths, and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, on the
face of the field are encamping; and I -- I go in unto my house to eat and to
drink, and to lie with my wife! -- thy life, and the life of thy soul -- if I
do this thing.'
And David saith unto Uriah, 'Abide in this place also
to-day, and to-morrow I send thee away;' and Uriah abideth in Jerusalem, on
that day, and on the morrow,
and David calleth for him, and he eateth before him, and
drinketh, and he causeth him to drink, and he goeth out in the evening to lie
on his couch with the servants of his lord, and unto his house he hath not gone
And it cometh to pass in the morning, that David writeth a
letter unto Joab, and sendeth by the hand of Uriah;
and he writeth in the letter, saying, 'Place ye Uriah
over-against the front of the severest battle, and ye have turned back from
after him, and he hath been smitten, and hath died.'
And it cometh to pass in Joab's watching of the city, that
he appointeth Uriah unto the place where he knew that valiant men are;
and the men of the city go out and fight with Joab, and
there fall some of the people, of the servants of David; and there dieth
also Uriah the Hittite.
And Joab sendeth and declareth to David all the matters of
and commandeth the messenger, saying, 'At thy finishing all
the matters of the war to speak unto the king,
then, it hath been, if the king's fury ascend, and he hath
said to thee, Wherefore did ye draw nigh unto the city to fight? did ye not
know that they shoot from off the wall?
Who smote Abimelech son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman
cast on him a piece of a rider from the wall, and he dieth in Thebez? why drew
ye nigh unto the wall? that thou hast said, Also thy servant Uriah the Hittite
And the messenger goeth, and cometh in, and declareth to
David all that with which Joab sent him,
and the messenger saith unto David, 'Surely the men have
been mighty against us, and come out unto us into the field, and we are upon
them unto the opening of the gate,
and those shooting shoot at thy servants from off the wall,
and some of the servants of the king are dead, and also, thy servant
Uriah the Hittite is dead.
And David saith unto the messenger, 'Thus dost thou say unto
Joab, Let not this thing be evil in thine eyes; for thus and thus doth the
sword devour; strengthen thy warfare against the city, and throw it down -- and
strengthen thou him.'
And the wife of Uriah heareth that Uriah her husband is
dead, and lamenteth for her lord;
and the mourning passeth by, and David sendeth and gathereth
her unto his house, and she is to him for a wife, and beareth to him a son; and
the thing which David hath done is evil in the eyes of Jehovah.