And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the timewhenkings go forth to battle, thatDavidsentJoab, and his servantswith him, and all Israel; and theydestroyed the children of Ammon, and besiegedRabbah. But Davidtarriedstill at Jerusalem.
And it came to pass in an eveningtide, thatDavidarosefrom off his bed, and walkedupon the roof of the king’shouse: and from the roof he saw a womanwashingherself; and the woman was verybeautiful to lookupon.
And UriahsaiduntoDavid, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lordJoab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the openfields; shall I then go intominehouse, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thoulivest, and as thy soulliveth, I will not do thisthing.
Who smoteAbimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a womancast a piece of a millstoneupon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servantUriah the Hittite is deadalso.
ThenDavidsaidunto the messenger, Thusshaltthou say untoJoab, Let not thisthingdispleasethee, for the sworddevoureth one as well as another: make thy battlemorestrongagainst the city, and overthrow it: and encouragethou him.