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.
Daudi Na Bathsheba
111:1 1Fal 20:22; 2Sam 2:18; 1Nya 20:1; Kum 3:11Katika mwanzo wa mwaka mpya, wakati wafalme watokapo kwenda vitani, Daudi akamtuma Yoabu pamoja na watu wa mfalme na jeshi lote la Israeli. Wakawaangamiza Waamoni na kuuzunguka kwa jeshi mji wa Raba. Lakini Daudi akabaki Yerusalemu.
211:2 Kum 22:8; Yos 2:8; Mt 5:28; Mwa 34:2; Ay 31:1; Za 119:37Ikawa siku moja wakati wa jioni Daudi aliinuka kitandani mwake na kutembeatembea juu ya paa la jumba lake la kifalme. Kutokea kule kwenye paa, akamwona mwanamke akioga. Mwanamke huyo alikuwa mzuri sana wa sura, 311:3 1Nya 3:5; 2Sam 23:34-39naye Daudi akatuma mtu mmoja kuuliza habari za huyo mwanamke. Huyo mtu akamwambia Daudi, “Je, huyu si Bathsheba binti Eliamu, naye ni mke wa Uria, Mhiti?” 411:4 Law 20:10; Za 51; Yak 1:14-15; Kum 22:22; Law 15:25-30; 18:19; Kut 20:17; Ebr 13:4Ndipo Daudi akatuma wajumbe kumleta. Huyo mwanamke akaja kwa Daudi, Daudi akakutana naye kimwili. (Huyo mwanamke ndipo tu alikuwa amejitakasa kutoka siku zake za hedhi.) Kisha akarudi nyumbani kwake. 511:5 Law 20:10Huyo mwanamke akapata mimba akampelekea Daudi ujumbe, kusema, “Mimi ni mjamzito.”
611:6 1Nya 11:41Ndipo Daudi akapeleka ujumbe kwa Yoabu, “Unipelekee Uria, Mhiti.” Naye Yoabu akamtuma Uria kwa Daudi. 7Uria alipofika, Daudi akamuuliza habari za Yoabu, hali za askari na vita kwamba inaendeleaje. 811:8 Mwa 18:4; 43:24; Lk 7:44; Za 44:21; Mwa 19:2Kisha Daudi akamwambia Uria, “Teremka nyumbani kwako ukanawe miguu yako.” Basi Uria akaondoka kutoka kwenye jumba la kifalme, tena zawadi zikamfuata kutoka kwa mfalme. 911:9 Ay 5:12-14Lakini Uria akalala kwenye ingilio la jumba la kifalme pamoja na watumishi wote wa bwana wake, na hakuteremka kwenda nyumbani kwake.
10Daudi alipoambiwa kwamba, “Uria hakwenda nyumbani,” Daudi akamuuliza, “Je, si ndiyo tu umefika kutoka safari ya mbali? Kwa nini hukwenda nyumbani?”
1111:11 2Sam 7:2; 1Sam 21:5; 4:4; 2Sam 20:6; Mt 10:25; 2Tim 2:3Uria akamwambia Daudi, “Sanduku la Mungu, na Israeli na Yuda wanakaa kwenye mahema, naye bwana wangu Yoabu na watu wa bwana wangu wamepiga kambi mahali pa wazi. Ningewezaje kwenda nyumbani kwangu ili nile, ninywe na kukutana na mke wangu? Hakika kama uishivyo sitafanya jambo la namna hiyo!”
1211:12 Ay 20:12-14; Yer 2:22-23Ndipo Daudi akamwambia, “Kaa hapa siku moja zaidi, nami kesho nitakutuma urudi.” Kwa hiyo Uria akakaa Yerusalemu siku ile na siku iliyofuata. 1311:13 Mwa 9:21-22; 19:33-35; Kut 32:21; 1Fal 20:16-21; Mit 20:1; 23:29-35; Hos 4:11; Gal 5:21Kwa ukaribisho wa Daudi, Uria akala na kunywa pamoja naye, Daudi akamlevya. Lakini jioni Uria alitoka kwenda kulala juu ya mkeka wake miongoni mwa watumishi wa bwana wake, hakwenda nyumbani.
1411:14 1Fal 21:8; Za 19:13; 62:9; Mhu 8:11; Yer 9:1-4; Mik 7:3-5Asubuhi yake Daudi akamwandikia Yoabu barua, akamtuma Uria kuipeleka. 1511:15 2Sam 12:9; 12:12Ndani ya barua aliandika, “Mweke Uria mstari wa mbele mahali ambapo mapigano ni makali sana. Kisha wewe uondoke ili Uria aangushwe chini na kuuawa.”
16Hivyo Yoabu alipokuwa ameuzingira mji kwa jeshi, akamweka Uria mahali ambapo alijua kuwa ulinzi wa adui ulikuwa imara sana. 17Wakati watu wa mjini walipotoka kwenda kupigana dhidi ya Yoabu, baadhi ya watu katika jeshi la Daudi wakauawa, zaidi ya hayo, Uria, Mhiti, akafa.
18Yoabu akampelekea Daudi maelezo yote ya vita. 19Akamwagiza mjumbe hivi, “Utakapokuwa umemaliza kumpa mfalme maelezo ya vita, 20hasira ya mfalme yaweza kuwaka, naye aweza kukuuliza, ‘Kwa nini mlisogea karibu hivyo na mji kupigana? Hamkujua kuwa wangeweza kuwapiga mishale kutoka ukutani? 2111:21 Amu 8:31; 9:50-54; 2Sam 20:21; Ay 31:3Ni nani aliyemuua Abimeleki mwana wa Yerub-Besheth? Je, mwanamke hakutupa juu yake jiwe la juu la kusagia kutoka ukutani, kwa hiyo akafa huko Thebesi? Kwa nini mlisogea hivyo karibu ya ukuta?’ Ikiwa atakuuliza hivi, ndipo umwambie, ‘Pia mtumishi wako Uria, Mhiti, amekufa.’ ”
22Mjumbe akaondoka. Alipowasili akamwambia Daudi kila kitu alichokuwa ametumwa na Yoabu kusema. 23Mjumbe akamwambia Daudi, “Watu walituzidi nguvu wakatoka nje ya mji dhidi yetu kwenye eneo la wazi, lakini tuliwarudisha nyuma mpaka kwenye ingilio la mji. 24Ndipo wapiga upinde walitupa mishale kwa watumishi wako kutoka ukutani, na baadhi ya watu wa mfalme wakafa. Zaidi ya hayo, Uria, Mhiti, mtumishi wako amekufa.”
25Daudi akamwambia mjumbe, “Ukamwambie Yoabu hivi, ‘Jambo hili lisikutie wasiwasi, upanga hula huyu sawa na ulavyo mwingine. Zidisha mashambulizi dhidi ya mji na uangamize.’ Mwambie Yoabu hivi ili kumtia moyo.”
26Mke wa Uria aliposikia kwamba mumewe amekufa, akamwombolezea. 2711:27 Kum 34:8; 2Sam 12:9; Za 51:4-5; Ay 10:14; 11:11; Za 45:7; Mit 15:9; Hab 1:13Baada ya muda wa maombolezo kwisha, Daudi akamtaka aletwe nyumbani kwake, naye akawa mkewe, na akamzalia mwana. Lakini jambo alilokuwa amefanya Daudi lilimchukiza Bwana.