Couples in the Bible: David and Bathsheba

The story of David and Bathsheba is the best known among King David and his wives.

Bathsheba is the daughter of Eliam. {2 Samuel 11:3}

When David first sees Bathsheba bathing on the rooftop, she is married to Uriah the Hittite. Uriah is serving in the army.  {2 Samuel 11}

David desired her and sent for her and she later discovered she was pregnant. To conceal his sin, he sent for Uriah, but he preferred to stay with the palace troops instead of going home to his wife.

After repeated failed attempts to send Uriah home, David sent a letter for Uriah to be sent to the front of the line. Uriah was killed in battle.

The prophet Nathan approached David about his sin and told him that he and his house would be punished. David and Bathsheba were married but their first child—a son—died shortly after birth. {2 Samuel 12}

Bathsheba later gave birth to Solomon—who would eventually succeed him as king. Bathsheba gave David several other sons. {2 Samuel 12:16-19}

David’s other sons all died before David and dishonored him with his concubines. {2 Samuel 13}

Bathsheba approached David in his old age and secured the kingdom for her son, Solomon. {1 Kings 2}

David is said to do what is right in the eyes of the Lord, except in the eyes of Uriah the Hittite. {1 Kings 15:5}

Lessons from David and Bathsheba:

  1. There are consequences for our actions
  2. Others can suffer for our sins
  3. People don’t always do what we’d like for them to do

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