New International Reader's Version

2 Samuel 11:1-27

David and Bathsheba

1It was spring. It was the time when kings go off to war. So David sent Joab out with the king’s special troops and the whole army of Israel. They destroyed the Ammonites. They marched to the city of Rabbah. They surrounded it and got ready to attack it. But David remained in Jerusalem.

2One evening David got up from his bed. He walked around on the roof of his palace. From the roof he saw a woman taking a bath. She was very beautiful. 3David sent a messenger to find out who she was. The messenger returned and said, “She is Bathsheba. She’s the daughter of Eliam. She’s the wife of Uriah. He’s a Hittite.” 4Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him. And he slept with her. Then she went back home. All of that took place after she had already made herself “clean” from her monthly period. 5Later, Bathsheba found out she was pregnant. She sent a message to David. She said, “I’m pregnant.”

6So David sent a message to Joab. David said, “Send me Uriah, the Hittite.” Joab sent him to David. 7Uriah came to David. David asked him how Joab and the soldiers were doing. He also asked him how the war was going. 8David said to Uriah, “Go home and enjoy some time with your wife.” So Uriah left the palace. Then the king sent him a gift. 9But Uriah didn’t go home. Instead, he slept at the entrance to the palace. He stayed there with all his master’s servants.

10David was told, “Uriah didn’t go home.” So he sent for Uriah. David said to him, “You have been away for a long time. Why didn’t you go home?”

11Uriah said to David, “The ark and the army of Israel and Judah are out there in tents. My commander Joab and your special troops are camped in the open country. How could I go to my house to eat and drink? How could I go there and sleep with my wife? I could never do a thing like that. And that’s just as sure as you are alive!”

12Then David said to him, “Stay here one more day. Tomorrow I’ll send you back to the battle.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13David invited Uriah to eat and drink with him. David got him drunk. But Uriah still didn’t go home. In the evening he went out and slept on his mat. He stayed there among his master’s servants.

14The next morning David wrote a letter to Joab. He sent it along with Uriah. 15In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front. That’s where the fighting is the heaviest. Then pull your men back from him. When you do, the Ammonites will strike him down and kill him.”

16So Joab attacked the city. He put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest enemy fighters were. 17The troops came out of the city. They fought against Joab. Some of the men in David’s army were killed. Uriah, the Hittite, also died.

18Joab sent David a full report of the battle. 19He told the messenger, “Tell the king everything that happened in the battle. When you are finished, 20his anger might explode. He might ask you, ‘Why did you go so close to the city to fight against it? Didn’t you know that the enemy soldiers would shoot arrows down from the wall? 21Don’t you remember how Abimelek, the son of Jerub-Besheth, was killed? A woman dropped a large millstone on him from the wall. That’s how he died in Thebez. So why did you go so close to the wall?’ If the king asks you that, tell him, ‘And your servant Uriah, the Hittite, is also dead.’ ”

22The messenger started out for Jerusalem. When he arrived there, he told David everything Joab had sent him to say. 23The messenger said to David, “The men in the city were more powerful than we were. They came out to fight against us in the open. But we drove them back to the entrance of the city gate. 24Then those who were armed with bows shot arrows at us from the wall. Some of your special troops were killed. Your servant Uriah, the Hittite, is also dead.”

25David told the messenger, “Tell Joab, ‘Don’t get upset over what happened. Swords kill one person as well as another. So keep on attacking the city. Destroy it.’ Tell that to Joab. It will cheer him up.”

26Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead. She mourned over him. 27When her time of sadness was over, David had her brought to his house. She became his wife. And she had a son by him. But the Lord wasn’t pleased with what David had done.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

撒母耳记下 11:1-27


1第二年春天,诸王又要发动战争。大卫差遣约押率领众将领和以色列大军出征,自己却留在耶路撒冷。他们打败了亚扪人之后又围攻拉巴2一天黄昏,大卫从床上起来在王宫顶上散步,看见一个长得非常漂亮的女人在沐浴。 3大卫就派人去打听这个女人是谁,得知她是以连的女儿、乌利亚的妻子拔示芭4大卫差人把她接来,她来了,大卫就与她同寝,那时她的月经刚洁净。事后,她便回家去了。 5拔示芭怀孕了,就派人去告诉大卫

6大卫便传信给约押,说:“你派乌利亚来见我。”约押就派乌利亚去见大卫7乌利亚来了,大卫问他有关约押、士兵和战争的情况, 8然后吩咐他回家休息。乌利亚离开王宫后,收到大卫送的一份礼物。 9但他跟王的其他仆人一同睡在王宫门口,没有回家。 10大卫得知乌利亚没有回家,便对他说:“你远道而来,为什么不回家休息呢?” 11乌利亚答道:“约柜、以色列人和犹大人都在帐篷里,而我主约押及其军队也在田间扎营,我怎么可以回家吃喝快乐,与妻子同房呢?我敢在王面前起誓,我决不做这样的事!” 12大卫乌利亚说:“你再住一天,明天我会派你回去。”于是乌利亚那日就留在耶路撒冷13第二天,大卫邀请他一同吃饭,把他灌醉了。可是到了晚上,乌利亚还是不肯回家,仍然跟王的其他士兵一同住宿。

14第二天早上,大卫约押写了一封信,要乌利亚带去。 15大卫在信上吩咐约押:“你把乌利亚派到前线最险恶的地方,到时其他人都要撤退,好让敌人杀死他。” 16于是约押围攻城池时,便派乌利亚到最强悍的敌人那里。 17敌人出来迎战,大卫的军中有几位阵亡,乌利亚也死了。 18约押就派人去向大卫禀告战争的详情, 19并叮嘱信使:“你向王禀告战情后, 20他若发怒责问你,‘为什么还冒死逼近呢?你们难道不知道敌人会从城墙上射箭吗? 21难道你们不知道耶路·比设11:21 耶路·比设”又名“耶路·巴力”,参见士师记6:32的儿子亚比米勒是谁杀的吗?一个妇人从城墙上扔下一块磨石,把他砸死在提备斯。你们为什么还要逼近城墙呢?’你就对王说,‘你的仆人乌利亚也死了。’”

22于是,信使前来见大卫,照约押的吩咐向大卫禀告。 23他说:“敌军势力强大,在城外跟我们交战,但我们把他们追到城门口。 24敌军的弓箭手从城墙上射死了王的几个士兵,乌利亚也死了。” 25大卫便对信使说:“你去告诉约押不要为这事难过,因为刀剑无情。让他只管竭力攻陷城池。要这样勉励约押。”

26拔示芭听到丈夫乌利亚的死讯之后就为他守丧。 27守丧结束后,大卫便派人把她接进宫里,她就做了大卫的妻子,并给他生了个儿子。然而,大卫的所作所为令耶和华十分不悦。