2 Samuel 11:1-15
1 AIn the springB of the year, the timeC when kingsD go outE to battle,
DavidF sentG JoabH with his officersI and all IsraelJ with him;
they ravagedK the Ammonites,L and besiegedM Rabbah.N But David remainedO at Jerusalem.P
2 It happened,Q late one afternoon,R when David roseS from his couchT
and was walkingU about on the roofV of the king’s house,W
that he sawX from the roof a womanY bathing;Z the woman was very beautiful.AA
3 David sent someone to inquireBB about the woman. It was reported, “This is BathshebaCC daughterDD of Eliam,EE
the wifeFF of UriahGG the Hittite.”HH
4 So David sent messengersII to getJJ her, and she cameKK to him, and he layLL with her.
(Now she was purifyingMM herself after her period.)NN Then she returnedOO to her house.
5 The woman conceived;PP and she sent and toldQQ David, “I am pregnant.”RR
6 So David sent word to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David. 7 When Uriah came to him, David askedSS how Joab and the people fared,TT and how the warUU was going.VV
8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go downWW to your house, and washXX your feet.”YY Uriah went out of the king’s house, and there followedZZ him a presentAAA from the king.
9 But Uriah sleptBBB at the entranceCCC of the king’s house with all the servantsDDD of his lord,EEE and did not go down to his house.
10 When they told David, “Uriah did not go down to his house,”
David said to Uriah, “You have just come from a journey.FFF Why did you not go down to your house?”
11 Uriah said to David, “The arkGGG and Israel and JudahHHH remain in booths;III and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are campingJJJ in the openKKK field;LLL
shall I then go to my house, to eatMMM and to drink,NNN and to lie with my wife? As you live,OOO and as your soulPPP lives, I will not doQQQ such a thing.”RRR
12 Then David said to Uriah, “Remain here today also, and tomorrowSSS I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day. On the nextTTT day, 13 David invitedUUU him to eat and drink in his presenceVVV and made him drunk;WWW and in the eveningXXX he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.
14 YYYIn the morningZZZ David wrote a letterAAAA to Joab, and sent it by the handBBBB of Uriah.
15 In the letter he wrote, “SetCCCC Uriah in the forefrontDDDD of the hardestEEEE fighting,FFFF
and then draw backGGGG from him, so that he may be struck downHHHH and die.”IIII
Image credit: “Bathsheba, after Rembrandt” by Paul Cézanne, circa 1870.