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.

Japanese Contemporary Bible

サムエル記Ⅱ 11:1-27

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ダビデとバテ・シェバ

1翌年の春になると、再び戦いが始まり、ダビデはヨアブの率いるイスラエル軍を送り込んで、アモン人壊滅を計りました。イスラエル軍はたちまちラバの町を包囲しましたが、ダビデ自身はエルサレムにとどまっていました。

2ある夕暮れのことです。昼寝から起きたダビデは、宮殿の屋上を散歩していました。見ると、水浴びをしている美しい女性が目に留まりました。 3さっそく人を送り、その女のことを探らせました。そして、エリアムの娘でウリヤの妻バテ・シェバであることを知ったのです。 4彼女は、月経後の汚れのきよめをしていたところでした。ダビデは女を召し入れ、忍んで来た彼女と床を共にしたのです。こうして彼女は家に帰りました。 5それから、自分が妊娠したことを知ると、人をやってダビデに知らせました。

6さあ、何とかしなければなりません。ダビデは急いでヨアブに伝令を送り、「ヘテ人ウリヤを帰還させよ」と命じました。 7戦場から戻って来たウリヤに、ダビデはヨアブや兵士の様子、戦況などを尋ねました。 8それから、「家へ帰ってゆっくり骨休めをしなさい」と勧めたのです。贈り物も持たせました。 9ところが、ウリヤは自宅に戻らず、王の家来たちとともに、宮殿の門のそばで夜を過ごしたのです。 10ダビデはそれを知ると、さっそくウリヤを呼んで尋ねました。「いったい、どうしたのだ。長く家から離れていたというのに、なぜ昨夜は妻のもとへ戻らなかったのだ。」

11「恐れながら王様。神の箱も、ヨアブ様も、その配下の者たちもみな、戦場で野宿しています。それなのに、どうして私だけが家に帰って飲み食いし、妻と寝たりできるでしょう。誓って申し上げます。そんな罪深いことをする気は毛頭ありません。」

12「よかろう。では今夜もここにとどまるがよい。明日は軍務に戻ってもらう。」

こうして、ウリヤは宮殿から離れませんでした。 13翌日、ダビデは彼を食事に招き、酒を勧めて酔わせました。しかし、ウリヤは自宅に帰ろうとはせず、その夜もまた、宮殿の門のわきで寝たのです。

14翌朝、ついにダビデは戦場のヨアブあてに手紙をしたため、それをウリヤに持たせました。 15その書面で、「ウリヤを激戦地の最前線に送り、彼だけ残して引き揚げて戦死させるようにせよ」と指示したのです。 16ヨアブはウリヤを、包囲中の町の最前線に送り込みました。町を守っていたのは、敵の中でもえり抜きの兵だと知っていたのです。 17ウリヤは数人のイスラエル兵士とともに戦死しました。

18ヨアブは戦況報告をダビデに送る際、 19-21使いの者にこう言い含めました。「もし王がお怒りになって、『なぜ、そんなに町に近づいたのだ。城壁の上から敵が射かけてくるのを考えに入れなかったのか。アビメレクはテベツで、城壁の上から女が投げ落としたひき臼でいのちを落としたのだ』とおっしゃったなら、『ウリヤも戦死いたしました』と申し上げるがよい。」

22使者はエルサレムに着くと、ダビデに報告しました。 23「敵は攻撃をしかけてまいりました。こちらも応戦し、敵を町の門のところまで追い詰めました時、 24城壁の上から、矢を射かけてまいったのです。そのため、味方の数人が殺され、ヘテ人ウリヤも戦死いたしました。」

25それを聞いてダビデは言いました。「よし、わかった。ヨアブには、落胆するなと伝えてくれ。剣は両刃の剣だ!今度こそ慎重に攻めて町を占領せよ。成功を祈ると伝えてくれ。」

26バテ・シェバは夫が戦死したことを知り、喪に服しました。 27喪が明けると、ダビデは彼女を妻として宮殿に迎え、彼女は男の子をもうけました。しかし、ダビデがしたことは主の御心にかないませんでした。