1 And it came to
pass after this, that the king of the children of Ammon died,
and Hanun his son reigned in his stead.
2 Then said David, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of
Nahash, as his father shewed kindness unto me. And David sent
to comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And
David's servants came into the land of the children of Ammon.
3 And the princes of the children of Ammon said unto Hanun their
lord, Thinkest thou that David doth honour thy father, that
he hath sent comforters unto thee? hath not David rather sent
his servants unto thee, to search the city, and to spy it out,
and to overthrow it?
4 Wherefore Hanun took David's servants, and shaved off the
one half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the
middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away.
5 When they told it unto David, he sent to meet them, because
the men were greatly ashamed: and the king said, Tarry at Jericho
until your beards be grown, and then return.
6 And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank before
David, the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Beth-rehob,
and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and of king
Maacah a thousand men, and of Ish-tob twelve thousand men.
7 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host
of the mighty men.
8 And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in
array at the entering in of the gate: and the Syrians of Zoba,
and of Rehob, and Ish-tob, and Maacah, were by themselves in
9 When Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him
before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel,
and put them in array against the Syrians:
10 And the rest of the people he delivered into the hand of
Abishai his brother, that he might put them in array against
the children of Ammon.
11 And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then thou
shalt help me: but if the children of Ammon be too strong for
thee, then I will come and help thee.
12 Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people,
and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth
13 And Joab drew nigh, and the people that were with him, unto
the battle against the Syrians: and they fled before him.
14 And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were
fled, then fled they also before Abishai, and entered into the
city. So Joab returned from the children of Ammon, and came
15 And when the Syrians saw that they were smitten before Israel,
they gathered themselves together.
16 And Hadarezer sent, and brought out the Syrians that were
beyond the river: and they came to Helam; and Shobach the captain
of the host of Hadarezer went before them.
17 And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together,
and passed over Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set
themselves in array against David, and fought with him.
18 And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew the men
of seven hundred chariots of the Syrians, and forty thousand
horsemen, and smote Shobach the captain of their host, who died
19 And when all the kings that were servants to Hadarezer saw
that they were smitten before Israel, they made peace with Israel,
and served them. So the Syrians feared to help the children
of Ammon any more.
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.
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.
3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said,
Is not this Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah
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.
5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said,
I am with child.
6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite.
And Joab sent Uriah to David.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
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.
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.
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.
18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war;
19 And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king,
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?
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.
22 So the messenger went, and came and shewed David all that Joab had sent him for.
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.
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.
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.
26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was
dead, she mourned for her husband.
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.
1 And the LORD
sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto
him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other
2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:
3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which
he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with
him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and
drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him
as a daughter.
4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared
to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the
wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's
lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
5 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and
he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done
this thing shall surely die:
6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this
thing, and because he had no pity.
7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the
LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I
delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
8 And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives
into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah;
and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given
unto thee such and such things.
9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD,
to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite
with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and
hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house;
because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah
the Hittite to be thy wife.
11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against
thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before
thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie
with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before
all Israel, and before the sun.
13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD.
And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy
sin; thou shalt not die.
14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion
to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that
is born unto thee shall surely die.
15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the
child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.
16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted,
and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
17 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise
him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat
bread with them.
18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died.
And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child
was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive,
we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice:
how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child
19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived
that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants,
Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.
20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed
himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of
the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and
when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.
21 Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that
thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while
it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and
22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and
wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious
to me, that the child may live?
23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring
him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to
24 And David comforted Bath-sheba his wife, and went in unto
her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his
name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.
25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called
his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.
26 And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon,
and took the royal city.
27 And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought
against Rabbah, and have taken the city of waters.
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 And David gathered all the people together, and went to Rabbah,
and fought against it, and took it.
30 And he took their king's crown from off his head, the weight
whereof was a talent of gold with the precious stones: and it
was set on David's head. And he brought forth the spoil of the
city in great abundance.
31 And he brought forth the people that were therein, and put
them under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of
iron, and made them pass through the brickkiln: and thus did
he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. So David and
all the people returned unto Jerusalem.