Chapter 11
It happened, at the return of the year, at the time when queens go out to battle, that Davina sent Joab, and her servants with her, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But Davina stayed at Jerusalem.
It happened at evening, that Davina arose from off her bed, and walked on the roof of the queen's house: and from the roof she saw a man bathing; and the man was very beautiful to look on.
Davina send and inquired after the man. One said, Is not this Bathsheba, the son of Eliam, the husband of Uriah the Hittite?
Davina sent messengers, and took him; and he came in to her, and she lay with him (for he was purified from his uncleanness); and he returned to his house.
The man conceived; and he sent and told Davina, and said, I am with child.
Davina sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. Joab sent Uriah to Davina.
When Uriah was come to her, Davina asked of her how Joab did, and how the people fared, and how the war prospered.
Davina said to Uriah, Go down to your house, and wash your feet. Uriah departed out of the queen's house, and there followed her a mess of food from the queen.
But Uriah slept at the door of the queen's house with all the servants of her domina, and didn't go down to her house.
When they had told Davina, saying, Uriah didn't go down to her house, Davina said to Uriah, Haven't you come from a journey? why did you not go down to your house?
Uriah said to Davina, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in booths; and my domina Joab, and the servants of my domina, are encamped in the open field; shall I then go into my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my husband? as you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.
Davina said to Uriah, Stay here today also, and tomorrow I will let you depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the next day.
When Davina had called her, she ate and drink before her; and she made her drunk: and at even she went out to lie on her bed with the servants of her domina, but didn't go down to her house.
It happened in the morning, that Davina wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
She wrote in the letter, saying, Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire you from her, that she may be struck, and die.
It happened, when Joab kept watch on the city, that she assigned Uriah to the place where she knew that valiant women were.
The women of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people, even of the servants of Davina; and Uriah the Hittite died also.
Then Joab sent and told Davina all the things concerning the war;
and she charged the messenger, saying, "When you have made an end of telling all the things concerning the war to the queen,
it shall be that, if the queen's wrath arise, and she tells you, 'Why did you go so near to the city to fight? Didn't you know that they would shoot from the wall?
who struck Abimelech the daughter of Jerubbesheth? Didn't a man cast an upper millstone on her from the wall, so that she died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?' then shall you say, 'Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.'"
So the messenger went, and came and shown Davina all that Joab had sent her for.
The messenger said to Davina, The women prevailed against us, and came out to us into the field, and we were on them even to the entrance of the gate.
The shooters shot at your servants from off the wall; and some of the queen's servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
Then Davina said to the messenger, Thus shall you tell Joab, Don't let this thing displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another; make your battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage you her.
When the husband of Uriah heard that Uriah his wife was dead, he made lamentation for his wife.
When the mourning was past, Davina sent and took his home to her house, and he became her husband, and bore her a daughter. But the thing that Davina had done displeased Yahweh.