We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
11:1 In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.
11:2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king's house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful.
11:3 David sent someone to inquire about the woman. It was reported, "This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite."
11:4 So David sent messengers to get her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she was purifying herself after her period.) Then she returned to her house.
11:5 The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, "I am pregnant."
11:6 So David sent word to Joab, "Send me Uriah the Hittite." And Joab sent Uriah to David.
11:7 When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab and the people fared, and how the war was going.
11:8 Then David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house, and wash your feet." Uriah went out of the king's house, and there followed him a present from the king.
11:9 But Uriah slept at the entrance of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.
11:10 When they told David, "Uriah did not go down to his house," David said to Uriah, "You have just come from a journey. Why did you not go down to your house?"
11:11 Uriah said to David, "The ark and Israel and Judah remain in booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do such a thing."
11:12 Then David said to Uriah, "Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back." So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day. On the next day,
11:13 David invited him to eat and drink in his presence and made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.
11:14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
11:15 In the letter he wrote, "Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die."
Image is David and Bathsheba by Lucas Cranach (the elder, I think), 1526. What a good opportunity to paint a charming nude, but I suppose he had to do what was requested of him by his patron. David and Bathsheba's adulterous lovechild was, as the story goes, Solomon.Correction: that kid died, their second was Solomon. Solomon had, they say, 600 wives but only one had a Neiman-Marcus charge card. The rest of them had to shop at WalMart. Makes sense to me.
...It goes like this, the 4th, the 5th, the minor fall the major lift, the baffleled king composing hallelujah... GREAT SONG. It's sad nobody knows the REAL conclusion to LEONARD COHENS really cool song. I didnt put it together until this post. Thanks Maggie. Never to old to learn
the love child died....Solomon was a child after David took Bathsheba as a wife. After David died Solomon became king because his brother from another mother, Absalom was killed in the a rebellion against David.
I deployed to Jordan with the AF shortly after 9-11 for my one and only trip to the Middle East and would drive into Amman, Jordan to pick up a Catholic Priest to say Mass for the Catholic soldiers collocated with us. While we were returning him to his quarters one Sunday, taking a few opportunistic detours to see a little more of the city than we were normally allowed to, the priest pointed out a building and said, see over there, that's where David looked down and saw Bathsheba bathing. Our Bible is so grounded in history. It's sad so many see it as only myth. It's all about God loving enough to enter into time and history as a human to ensure our salvation.
Someday, I'll get back in that area as a tourist, hopefully.
This story always breaks my heart. Uriah is trying so hard to be an honorable man, and his own king is setting him up by manipulating his sense of honor. It would be easier to take if David were simply a bad man and a bad king. But the crazy things we'll do for new sex are so well understood that the author doesn't even bother elaborating: David sees Bathsheba, calls for her, beds her, and has her husband killed, bam, bam, bam.
1) The consequences of this shake the House of David to its foundations. David will suffer incest between his children and direct rebellion against him by his favorite son - all of it connected by our Sages to this sin.
2) On a more mystical level - there are two ruling houses in Israel: Joseph (Rachel) and Judah (Leah).
The house of Joseph withstands sexual immorality - like Joseph did. But it succumbs to idolatry as part of an accommodating approach to the gentile world.
The house of Judah rejects idolatry as part of a militant sense of national identity, but succumbs to sexual sins - as did Judah himself.