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2 Samuel

1 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. 2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a wom­an wash­ing her­self; and the wom­an was very beau­ti­ful to look up­on. 3 And David sent and en­quired af­ter the wom­an. And one said, Is not this Bathshe­ba, the daugh­ter of Eliam, the wife of Uri­ah the Hit­tite? 4 And David sent mes­sen­gers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was pu­ri­fied from her un­clean­ness: and she re­turned unto her house. 5 And the wom­an con­ceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child. 6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uri­ah the Hit­tite. And Joab sent Uri­ah to David. 7 And when Uri­ah was come unto him, David de­mand­ed of him how Joab did, and how the peo­ple did, and how the war pros­pered. 8 And David said to Uri­ah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uri­ah de­part­ed out of the king's house, and there fol­lowed him a mess of meat from the king. 9 But Uri­ah slept at the door of the king's house with all the ser­vants of his lord, and went not down to his house. 10 And when they had told David, say­ing, Uri­ah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uri­ah, Camest thou not from thy jour­ney? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house? 11 And Uri­ah said unto David, The ark, and Is­rael, and Ju­dah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the ser­vants of my lord, are en­camped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing. 12 And David said to Uri­ah, Tar­ry here to day al­so, and to mor­row I will let thee de­part. So Uri­ah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the mor­row. 13 And when David had called him, he did eat and drink be­fore him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the ser­vants of his lord, but went not down to his house. 14 And it came to pass in the morn­ing, that David wrote a let­ter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uri­ah. 15 And he wrote in the let­ter, say­ing, Set ye Uri­ah in the fore­front of the hottest bat­tle, and re­tire ye from him, that he may be smit­ten, and die. 16 And it came to pass, when Joab ob­served the city, that he as­signed Uri­ah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were. 17 And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the peo­ple of the ser­vants of David; and Uri­ah the Hit­tite died al­so. 18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things con­cern­ing the war; 19 And charged the mes­sen­ger, say­ing, When thou hast made an end of telling the mat­ters of the war unto the king, 20 And if so be that the king's wrath arise, and he say unto thee, Where­fore ap­proached ye so nigh unto the city when ye did fight? knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall? 21 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. 22 So the mes­sen­ger went, and came and shewed David all that Joab had sent him for. 23 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 en­ter­ing of the gate. 24 And the shoot­ers shot from off the wall upon thy ser­vants; and some of the king's ser­vants be dead, and thy ser­vant Uri­ah the Hit­tite is dead al­so. 25 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. 26 And when the wife of Uri­ah heard that Uri­ah her hus­band was dead, she mourned for her hus­band. 27 And when the mourn­ing was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she be­came his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done dis­pleased the LORD.