1 aThen it happened 1bin the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and cbesieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem.
2 Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on athe roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance.
5 The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, “aI am pregnant.”
9 But Uriah slept aat the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.
11 Uriah said to David, “aThe ark and Israel and Judah are staying in 1temporary shelters, and my lord Joab and bthe servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? By your life and the life of your soul, I will not do this thing.”
14 Now in the morning David awrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
17 The men of the city went out and fought against Joab, and some of the people among David’s servants fell; and aUriah the Hittite also died.
21 ‘Who astruck down Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Did not a woman throw an upper millstone on him from the wall so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?’—then you shall say, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.’ ”
23 The messenger said to David, “The men prevailed against us and came out against us in the field, but we 1pressed them as far as the entrance of the gate.
25 Then David said to the messenger, “Thus you shall say to Joab, ‘Do not let this thing 1displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another; make your battle against the city stronger and overthrow it’; and so encourage him.”
26 Now when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, ashe mourned for her husband.
27 When the time of mourning was over, David sent and 1brought her to his house and ashe became his wife; then she bore him a son. But bthe thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord.
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