Chapter 11: David Sends Yoab and the Troops Out and He Remains in Yahrushalim
1 It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Yoab and his servants with him and all Ysrayl. And they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Yahrushalim.
David Lays with Bathsheba Uriyah’s Wife and She Conceives: David and Bathsheba Commit Sexual Sin: Secret Lovers
2 Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing and the woman was very beautiful to behold. 3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Yliam, the wife of Uriyah the Hittite”? 4 Then David sent messengers and took her and she came to him and he lay with her for she was cleansed from her impurity and she returned to her house. 5 And the woman conceived so she sent and told David and said, “I am with child”.
David Sends For Uriyah and Tries to Trick Him Into Laying With His Wife To Hide the Conception: David Gets Uriyah Drunk
6 Then David sent to Yoab saying, “Send me Uriyah the Hittite”. And Yoab sent Uriyah to David. 7 When Uriyah had come to him, David asked how Yoab was doing and how the people were doing and how the war prospered. 8 And David said to Uriyah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet”. So Uriyah departed from the king’s house and a gift of food from the king followed him. 9 But Uriyah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his master and did not go down to his house. 10 So when they told David saying, “Uriyah did not go down to his house”. David said to Uriyah, “Did you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house”? 11 And Uriyah said to David, “The ark and Ysrayl and Yahudah are dwelling in tents and my master Yoab and the servants of my master are encamped in the open fields. Shall I then go to my house to eat and drink and to lie with my wife? As you live and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing”. 12 Then David said to Uriyah, “Wait here today also and tomorrow I will let you depart”. So Uriyah remained in Yahrushalim that day and the next. 13 Now when David called him, he ate and drank before him and he made him drunk. and at evening he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his master but he did not go down to his house.
David Orders Yoab to Let Uriyah Die on the Front Lines of Battle and Not To Back Him: David Commits Murder
14 In the morning it happened that David wrote a letter to Yoab and sent it by the hand of Uriyah. 15 And he wrote in the letter saying, “Set Uriyah in the forefront of the hottest battle and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die”. 16 So it was, while Yoab besieged the city, that he assigned Uriyah to a place where he knew there were valiant men. 17 Then the men of the city came out and fought with Yoab. And some of the people of the servants of David fell and Uriyah the Hittite died also.
Yoab Sends Word that Abimelech and Uriyah are Dead: Yoab is Concerned that David Will Be Angry that Abimelech is Dead But No Concern is Shown For Uriyah
18 Then Yoab sent and told David all the things concerning the war– 19 And charged the messenger saying, “When you have finished telling the matters of the war to the king–20 If it happens that the king’s wrath rises and he says to you ‘Why did you approach so near to the city when you fought? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall’? 21 Who struck Abimelech the son of Yerubbesheth [or same as Yerubbbaal (Gideon) Judges 6:32]? Was it not a woman who cast a piece of a millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? Why did you go near the wall’? Then you shall say, ‘Your servant Uriyah the Hittite is dead also’.”
David Sends a Messenger Back to Yoab
22 So the messenger went and came and told David all that Yoab had sent by him. 23 And the messenger said to David, “Surely the men prevailed against us and came out to us in the field. Then we drove them back as far as the entrance of the gate. 24 The archers shot from the wall at your servants and some of the king’s servants are dead and your servant Uriyah the Hittite is dead also”. 25 Then David said to the messenger, “Thus you shall say to Yoab: ‘Do not let this thing displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another. Strengthen your attack against the city and overthrow it’. So encourage him”.
Bathsheba Mourns For Uriyah: David Marries Bathsheba: Yah is Displeased With David
26 When the wife of Uriyah heard that Uriyah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. 27 And when her mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased Yah.
*There was a song back in the 80s called ‘You, Me & He’ by a group called Mtume. The song was about adultery. There was another song back in the 80s called ‘Secret Lovers’ by Atlantic star. Back in the 70s there was a song about adultery called ‘Me and Mrs Jones’. Now that I am an adult, I understand what these songs were about.
Chapter 12: Yah Sends the Prophet Nathan to Tell David a Parable
1 Then Yah sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said to him, “There were two men in one city, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds. 3 But the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and nourished and it grew up together with him and with his children. It ate of his own food and drank from his own cup and lay in his bosom and it was like a daughter to him. 4 And a traveler came to the rich man who refused to take from his own flock and from his own herd to prepare one for the wayfaring man who had come to him but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him”. 5 So David’s anger was greatly aroused against the man and he said to Nathan, “As Yah lives, the man who has done this shall surely die”! 6 And he shall restore fourfold for the lamb because he did this thing and because he had no pity”.
Since David Put the Sword on Uriyah Through the Ammonites; Yah Will Put the Sword on the House of David: Because David Secretly Slept With a Married Woman David’s Wives Will Openly Sleep with Other Men For All to See Yah Said
7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says Yah Almighty of Ysrayl: ‘I anointed you king over Ysrayl and I delivered you from the hand of Shaul. 8 I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your keeping and gave you the house of Ysrayl and Yahudah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more! 9 Why have you despised the commandments of Yah, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriyah the Hittite with the sword. You have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon. 10 Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriyah the Hittite to be your wife’. 11 Thus says Yah: ‘Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly but I will do this thing before all Ysrayl, before the sun’.”
David Confesses That He Has Sinned and Yah Forgives Him: Yah Tells David Through Nathan That His Child With Bathsheba Shall Die He Must Be Punished So the Nations Can Not Blaspheme Yah Saying He Did Not Punish David For Breaking Law But He Forgave David
13 So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against Yah”. And Nathan said to David, “Yah also has put away your sin, you shall not die. 14 However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of Yah to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die”. 15 Then Nathan departed to his house.
David’s Baby Becomes ill So He Fasts and Lays on the Floor: David’s baby Son Dies on the Seventh Day and the Servants are Afraid of what David Will Do: David Gets Up Worships Yah and Eats
And Yah struck the child that Uriyah’s wife bore to David and it became ill. 16 David therefore pleaded with Yah for the child and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. 17 So the elders of his house arose and went to him, to raise him up from the ground. But he would not, nor did he eat food with them. 18 Then on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead. For they said, “Indeed, while the child was alive, we spoke to him and he would not heed our voice. How can we tell him that the child is dead? He may do some harm”! 19 When David saw that his servants were whispering, David perceived that the child was dead. Therefore, David said to his servants, “Is the child dead? And they said, “He is dead”. 20 So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes and he went into the house of Yah and worshiped. then he went to his own house and when he requested they set food before him and he ate.
David Explains to the Servants Why He Got Up and Ate: Yah’s Judgment Was Made
21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive but when the child died, you arose and ate food”. 22 And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept for I said, ‘Who can tell whether Yah will be gracious to me, that the child may live? 23 But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him but he shall not return to me”.
Solomon Is Born to David and Bathsheba: Yah Names the Baby Yedidiyah
24 Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife and went into her and lay with her. So she bore a son and he called his name Solomon. Now Yah loved him–25 And He sent word by the hand of Nathan the prophet. So he called his name Yedidiyah (literally beloved of Yah) because of Yah.
Yoab Captures Rabbah of the Ammonites Water Supply: David Finishes Capturing Rabbah and Puts the King’s Beautiful Crown on His Head
26 Now Yoab fought against Rabbah of the people of Ammon and took the royal city. 27 And Yoab sent messengers to David and said, “I have fought against Rabbah and I have taken the city’s water supply. 28 Now therefore, gather the rest of the people together and encamp against the city and take it, lest I take the city and it be called after my name”. 29 So David gathered all the people together and went to Rabbah, fought against it and took it. 30 Then he took their king’s crown from his head. Its weight was a talent of gold with precious stones. And it was set on David’s head. Also he brought out the spoil of the city in great abundance. 31 And he brought out the people who were in it and put them to work with saws and iron picks and iron axes and made them cross over to the brick works. So he did to all the cities of the people of Ammon. Then David and all the people returned to Yahrushalim. *1 Chronicles 19 and 20.