2 Samuel 11

David sends Joab to destroy the Ammonites
11:1

11:1 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.

In the last chapter, David slaughtered the Syrians, who were allies of the Ammonites. Now he finishes the job by sending Joab to do the same to the Ammonites. So Joab "destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah."

DWB: 82. Thus did David unto all the children of Ammon

David impregnates Bathsheba
11:2-5

11:2 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.

11:3 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?

While Joab was slaughtering Ammonites, David stayed in Jerusalem.

One evening, while walking on the roof of his house, he saw a beautiful woman washing herself.

David asked who the woman was, and was told that she was Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah.

11:4 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.

David sent messengers to bring her to him. When she arrived, he had sex with her (since "she was purified from her uncleanness").

11:5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.

Bathsheba said to David, "I'm pregnant."
David has Uriah killed
11:6-25

11:6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David.

David sent for Bathsheba's husband, Uriah.

11:7 And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.

11:8 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.

When Uriah arrived, David said to him,

How's Joab doing? How about your family? Is the war going well?

Go home and wash your feet. [1]

11:9 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.

But Uriah didn't go home. He slept at the door of David's house.

11:10 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?

When David heard that Uriah didn't go home, he said to him, "Why didn't you go to your house?"

11:11 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.

11:12 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.

Uriah answered,

While the ark, Israel, and Judah live in tents, and Joab and your army are sleeping on the ground, how can I go home, eat and drink, and have sex with my wife?

I won't do it.

11:13 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.

Uriah ate with David, got drunk, and slept with David's servants. But he didn't go home.

11:14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.

In the morning, David wrote a letter, and told Uriah to deliver it to Joab.

11:15 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.

The letter said, "Make sure Uriah is killed in battle."

11:16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.

So Joab put Uriah in a place he knew he'd be killed.

11:17 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.

11:18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war;

11:19 And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king,

11:20 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?

11:21 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.

11:22 So the messenger went, and came and shewed David all that Joab had sent him for.

11:23 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.

11:24 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.

11:25 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.

And Uriah was killed in battle.
David marries Bathsheba and she has a son
11:16-27

11:26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.

When Bathsheba heard that her husband was killed, she mourned for him.

11:27 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.

Then David fetched her, she became his wife and had a son.

But the thing David did displeased the Lord. [2]