1And it came about at the return of the year, at the time that kings sally forth, that David proceeded to send Jo′ab and his servants with him and all Israel, that they might bring the sons of Am′mon to ruin and lay siege to Rab′bah, while David was dwelling in Jerusalem.
2And it came about at the time of evening that David proceeded to rise from his bed and walk about on the rooftop of the king’s house; and from the rooftop he caught sight of a woman bathing herself, and the woman was very good in appearance.3Then David sent and inquired about the woman and someone said: “Is this not Bath‐she′ba the daughter of E‧li′am the wife of U‧ri′ah the Hit′tite?”4After that David sent messengers that he might take her. So she came in to him and he lay down with her, while she was sanctifying herself from her uncleanness. Later she returned to her house.
5And the woman became pregnant. Consequently she sent and told David and said: “I am pregnant.”6At this David sent to Jo′ab, saying: “Send to me U‧ri′ah the Hit′tite.” So Jo′ab sent U‧ri′ah to David.7When U‧ri′ah came to him, David began to ask how Jo′ab was getting along and how the people were getting along and how the war was getting along.8Finally David said to U‧ri′ah: “Go down to your house and bathe your feet.” Accordingly U‧ri′ah went out from the king’s house, and the king’s courtesy gift went out following him.9However, U‧ri′ah lay down at the entrance of the king’s house with all the other servants of his lord, and he did not go down to his own house.10So they told David, saying: “U‧ri′ah did not go down to his own house.” Upon that David said to U‧ri′ah: “It is from a journey that you have come in, is it not? Why have you not gone down to your own house?”11At this U‧ri′ah said to David: “The Ark and Israel and Judah are dwelling in booths, and my lord Jo′ab and the servants of my lord are camping on the face of the field, and I—shall I go into my own house to eat and drink and to lie down with my wife? As you are living and as your soul is living, I shall not do this thing!”
12Then David said to U‧ri′ah: “Dwell here also today, and tomorrow I shall send you away.” Therefore U‧ri′ah kept dwelling in Jerusalem on that day and the day following.13Further, David called him that he might eat before him and drink. So he got him drunk. Nevertheless, he went out in the evening to lie down on his bed with the servants of his lord, and to his own house he did not go down.14And it came about in the morning that David proceeded to write a letter to Jo′ab and send it by the hand of U‧ri′ah.15So he wrote in the letter, saying: “PUT U‧ri′ah in front of the heaviest battle charges, and YOU men must retreat from behind him, and he must be struck down and die.”
16And it came about that while Jo′ab was keeping guard over the city he kept U‧ri′ah put in the place where he knew that there were valiant men.17When the men of the city came on out and went fighting against Jo′ab, then some of the people, the servants of David, fell and U‧ri′ah the Hit′tite also died.18Jo′ab now sent that he might report to David all the matters of the war.19And he went on to command the messenger, saying: “As soon as you finish speaking to the king about all the matters of the war,20then it must occur that if the rage of the king comes up and he does say to you, ‘Why did YOU have to go so near to the city to fight? Did YOU men not know that they would shoot from on top of the wall?21Who was it that struck down A‧bim′e‧lech the son of Je‧rub′be‧sheth? Was it not a woman that pitched an upper millstone upon him from on top of the wall so that he died at The′bez? Why did YOU men have to go so close to the wall?’ you must also say, ‘Your servant U‧ri′ah the Hit′tite died too.’”
22So the messenger went and came and told David all about which Jo′ab had sent him.23And the messenger went on to say to David: “The men proved superior to us, so that they came out against us into the field; but we kept pressing them right up to the entrance of the gate.24And the shooters kept shooting at your servants from on top of the wall, so that some of the servants of the king died; and your servant U‧ri′ah the Hit′tite also died.”25At that David said to the messenger: “This is what you will say to Jo′ab, ‘Do not let this matter appear bad in your eyes, for the sword eats up one as well as another. Intensify your battle against the city and throw it down.’ And encourage him.”
26And the wife of U‧ri′ah got to hear that U‧ri′ah her husband had died, and she began to wail over her owner.27When the mourning period was past, David immediately sent and took her home to his house, and she came to be his wife. In time she bore to him a son, but the thing that David had done appeared bad in the eyes of Jehovah.