Bible, King James Version
 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
 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.
 And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one
said, Is not this Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of
Uriah the Hittite?
 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.
 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and
said, I am with child.
 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the
Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David.
 And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of
him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war
 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.
 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.
 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
 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.
 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.
 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
 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote
a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
 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.
 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city,
that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant
 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.
 Then Joab sent and told David all the things
concerning the war;
 And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast
made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king,
 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?
 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.
 So the messenger went, and came and shewed David all
that Joab had sent him for.
 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.
 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.
 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 when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her
husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.
 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.