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.

Holy Bible in Gĩkũyũ

2 Samũeli 11:1-27

Daudi na Bathisheba

111:1 1Ath 20:22, 26; 1Maũ 20:1Na rĩrĩ, hĩndĩ ya kĩmera yaakinya ihinda rĩrĩa athamaki maathiiaga mbaara-inĩ-rĩ, Daudi agĩtũma Joabu hamwe na andũ a mũthamaki na mbũtũ ciothe cia mbaara cia andũ a Isiraeli. Makĩananga Aamoni magĩcooka makĩrigiicĩria Raba. Nowe Daudi agĩtigwo Jerusalemu.

211:2 Gũcook 22:8; Math 5:28Hwaĩ-inĩ ũmwe-rĩ, Daudi agĩũkĩra akiuma gĩtanda-inĩ gĩake agĩthiĩ gũceeranga kũu igũrũ rĩa nyũmba ya ũthamaki. Arĩ nyũmba igũrũ akĩona mũndũ-wa-nja agĩĩthamba. Mũndũ-wa-nja ũcio aarĩ mũthaka mũno, 311:3 2Sam 23:39nake Daudi agĩtũma mũndũ agatuĩrie ũhoro wake. Mũndũ ũcio akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Githĩ ũcio ti Bathisheba, mwarĩ wa Eliamu mũtumia wa Uria ũrĩa Mũhiti?” 411:4 Jak 1:14-15; Alaw 15:25-30Hĩndĩ ĩyo Daudi agĩtũma andũ makamũgĩĩre. Mũndũ-wa-nja ũcio agĩũka kũrĩ Daudi, nake agĩkoma nake. (Nĩgũkorwo nĩethereetie ihinda rĩake rĩa mweri), nake agĩgĩĩcookera gwake mũciĩ. 5Mũndũ-wa-nja ũcio akĩgĩa nda na agĩtũmanĩra Daudi, akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Ndĩ na nda.”

611:6 1Maũ 11:41Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Daudi agĩtũma mũndũ athiĩ kũrĩ Joabu amwĩre atĩrĩ: “Ndũmĩra Uria ũrĩa Mũhiti.” Nake Joabu agĩtũma Uria kũrĩ Daudi. 7Rĩrĩa Uria ookire, Daudi akĩmũũria ũhoro wa ũrĩa Joabu aatariĩ, na ũhoro wa ũrĩa thigari ciatariĩ, na ũrĩa mbaara yathiiaga na mbere. 811:8 Kĩam 18:4Ningĩ Daudi akĩĩra Uria atĩrĩ, “Ikũrũka gwaku mũciĩ ũgethambe magũrũ.” Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Uria akiuma nyũmba ya ũthamaki, na akĩrũmĩrĩrio kĩheo kuuma kũrĩ mũthamaki. 9No Uria agĩkoma itoonyero-inĩ rĩa nyũmba ya ũthamaki hamwe na ndungata ciothe cia mwathi wake, na ndaigana gũikũrũka athiĩ gwake mũciĩ.

10Rĩrĩa Daudi eerirwo atĩrĩ, “Uria ndaanathiĩ mũciĩ,” akĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Githĩ to hĩndĩ woka kuuma kũraya? Nĩ kĩĩ kĩragiririe ũthiĩ mũciĩ?”

1111:11 2Sam 7:2Uria akĩĩra Daudi atĩrĩ, “Ithandũkũ rĩa Jehova, na andũ a Isiraeli na a Juda maikarĩte hema-inĩ, na mwathi wakwa Joabu na andũ a mwathi wakwa maikarĩte kambĩ kũu werũ-inĩ. Ingĩrahotire atĩa gũthiĩ mũciĩ gwakwa, ngarĩe na nganyue, na ngome na mũtumia wakwa? Ti-itherũ o ta ũrĩa ũtũũraga muoyo, ndingĩĩka ũndũ ta ũcio!”

12Ningĩ Daudi akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Ikara gũkũ mũthenya ũngĩ ũmwe, na rũciũ nĩngagũtũma ũcooke.” Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Uria agĩikara Jerusalemu mũthenya ũcio na ũcio ũngĩ warũmĩrĩire. 13Hĩndĩ ĩrĩa Daudi aamwĩtire, akĩrĩĩanĩra na akĩnyuuanĩra nake, ningĩ Daudi agĩtũma arĩĩo nĩ njoohi. No hwaĩ-inĩ Uria agĩthiĩ gũkoma mũgeeka-inĩ wake arĩ hamwe na ndungata cia mwathi wake; ndaigana gũthiĩ gwake mũciĩ.

1411:14 1Ath 21:8Rũciinĩ Daudi akĩandĩkĩra Joabu marũa, akĩmanengera Uria atware. 1511:15 2Sam 12:9Marũa macio maandĩkĩtwo atĩrĩ, “Twara Uria harĩa mbaara ĩĩhĩire mũno. Ũcooke ũmũtiganĩrie nĩgeetha ooragwo.”

16Rĩrĩa Joabu aarigiicĩirie itũũra rĩrĩa inene, akĩiga Uria harĩa aamenyaga nĩho haarĩ agitĩri arĩa maarĩ njamba. 17Hĩndĩ ĩrĩa andũ a itũũra rĩu inene mookire kũrũa na Joabu-rĩ, andũ amwe a mbũtũ cia ita cia Daudi makĩũragwo; o nake Uria ũrĩa Mũhiti agĩkua.

18Joabu agĩtũma mũndũ kũrĩ Daudi akamũhe ũhoro wothe wa mbaara ĩyo. 19Nake agĩatha mũndũ ũcio aatũmire atĩrĩ: “Warĩkia kũhe mũthamaki ũhoro ũyũ wothe wa mbaara, 20marakara ma mũthamaki maahota kũrĩrĩmbũka, nake aahota gũkũũria atĩrĩ, ‘Nĩ kĩĩ gĩtũmire mũkuhĩrĩrie mũno itũũra inene mũkarũe? Kaĩ mũtooĩ atĩ no mamũrathe na mĩguĩ marĩ rũthingo-inĩ? 2111:21 Atiir 9:50-54Nũũ woragire Abimeleku mũrũ wa Jerubu-Beshethu? Githĩ ti mũndũ-wa-nja wamũikĩirie ihiga rĩa gĩthĩi arĩ rũthingo-inĩ igũrũ? Githĩ ti kĩo gĩatũmire akuĩre kũu Thebezu? Nĩ kĩĩ kĩratũmire mũthiĩ hakuhĩ mũno na rũthingo?’ Angĩgakũũria ũguo-rĩ, nawe ũkaamũcookeria atĩrĩ, ‘O nayo ndungata yaku, Uria ũrĩa Mũhiti nĩmũkuũ.’ ”

22Nake mũndũ ũcio akiumagara agĩthiĩ, na aakinya, akĩĩra Daudi maũndũ mothe marĩa Joabu aamũtũmĩte akoige. 23Nake mũndũ ũcio watũmĩtwo akĩĩra Daudi atĩrĩ, “Andũ acio maratũkĩririe hinya, marooka kũrũa na ithuĩ werũ-inĩ, no tũrakĩmahũndũra nginya itoonyero-inĩ rĩa kĩhingo gĩa itũũra rĩrĩa inene. 24Hĩndĩ ĩyo aikia a mĩguĩ maraikĩria ndungata ciaku mĩguĩ marĩ rũthingo igũrũ, na andũ amwe a mũthamaki nĩmakuĩte. O na ningĩ ndungata yaku, Uria ũrĩa Mũhiti, nĩĩkuĩte.”

25Nake Daudi akĩĩra mũndũ ũcio atĩrĩ, “Thiĩ wĩre Joabu atĩrĩ: ‘Tiga kũigua ũũru nĩ ũhoro ũcio; rũhiũ rũniinaga mũndũ ũmwe o ta ũrĩa rũniinaga ũrĩa ũngĩ. Thiĩ na mbere gũtharĩkĩra itũũra rĩu inene ũrĩanange.’ Wĩre Joabu ũguo nĩgeetha ũmũũmĩrĩrie.”

26Rĩrĩa mũtumia wa Uria aiguire atĩ mũthuuriwe nĩakuĩte-rĩ, akĩmũcakaĩra. 2711:27 2Sam 12:9; Thab 1:4-5Ihinda rĩa gũcakaya rĩathira-rĩ, Daudi akiuga areehwo gwake nyũmba, nake agĩtuĩka mũtumia wake, na akĩmũciarĩra kahĩĩ. No rĩrĩ, ũndũ ũcio Daudi ekĩte nĩwarakaririe Jehova.