1 Factum est autem vertente anno, eo tempore quo solent reges ad bella procedere, misit David Ioab et servos suos cum eo et universum Israel, et vastaverunt filios Ammon et obsederunt Rabba; David autem remansit in Ierusalem.
2 Et factum est vespere, ut surgeret David de strato suo et deambularet in solario domus regiae. Viditque de solario mulierem se lavantem; erat autem mulier pulchra valde.
3 Misit ergo rex et requisivit quae esset mulier; nuntiatumque ei est quod ipsa esset Bethsabee filia Eliam uxor Uriae Hetthaei.
4 Missis itaque David nuntiis, tulit eam; quae cum ingressa esset ad illum, dormivit cum ea, quae se sanctificaverat ab immunditia sua.
5 Et reversa est domum suam; cum autem concepisset, mittens nuntiavit David et ait: "Concepi".
6 Misit autem David ad Ioab dicens: "Mitte ad me Uriam Hetthaeum". Misitque Ioab Uriam ad David,
7 et venit Urias ad David. Quaesivitque David quam recte ageret Ioab et populus, et quomodo administraretur bellum;
8 et dixit David ad Uriam: "Descende in domum tuam et lava pedes tuos". Et egressus est Urias de domo regis; secutusque est eum cibus regius.
9 Dormivit autem Urias ante portam domus regiae cum aliis servis domini sui et non descendit ad domum suam.
10 Nuntiatumque est David a dicentibus: "Non ivit Urias ad domum suam". Et ait David ad Uriam: "Numquid non de via venisti? Quare non descendisti ad domum tuam?".
11 Et ait Urias ad David: "Arca et Israel et Iuda habitant in papilionibus, et dominus meus Ioab et servi domini mei super faciem terrae manent; et ego ingrediar domum meam, ut comedam et bibam et dormiam cum uxore mea? Per salutem tuam et per salutem animae tuae, non faciam rem hanc!".
12 Ait ergo David ad Uriam: "Mane hic etiam hodie, et cras dimittam te". Mansit Urias in Ierusalem die illa et altera.
13 Vocavit enim eum David, ut comederet coram se et biberet, et inebriavit eum. Qui egressus vespere dormivit in strato suo cum servis domini sui et in domum suam non descendit.
14 Factum est ergo mane, et scripsit David epistulam ad Ioab misitque per manum Uriae
15 scribens in epistula: "Ponite Uriam in prima acie, ubi fortissimum est proelium, et recedite ab eo, ut percussus intereat".
16 Igitur cum Ioab obsideret urbem, posuit Uriam in loco, quo sciebat viros esse fortissimos.
17 Egressique viri de civitate bellabant adversum Ioab; et ceciderunt de populo, de servis David, et mortuus est etiam Urias Hetthaeus.
18 Misit itaque Ioab et nuntiavit David omnia de proelio;
19 praecepitque nuntio dicens: "Cum compleveris universos sermones proelii ad regem,
20 si eum videris indignari et dixerit: "Quare accessistis ad urbem, ut proeliaremini? An ignorabatis quod desuper ex muro tela mittantur?
21 Quis percussit Abimelech filium Ierobbaal? Nonne mulier misit super eum molam versatilem de muro, et mortuus est in Thebes? Quare iuxta murum accessistis?", dices: Etiam servus tuus Urias Hetthaeus occubuit".
22 Abiit ergo nuntius et venit et narravit David omnia, quae ei praeceperat Ioab.
23 Et dixit nuntius ad David: "Quia praevaluerunt adversum nos viri et egressi sunt ad nos in agrum, nos, facto impetu, persecuti eos sumus usque ad portam civitatis.
24 Et direxerunt iacula sagittarii ad servos tuos ex muro desuper; mortuique sunt de servis regis, quin etiam servus tuus Urias Hetthaeus mortuus est".
25 Et dixit David ad nuntium: "Haec dices Ioab: Non te affligat ista res; varius enim eventus est belli, et nunc hunc, nunc illum consumit gladius; corrobora proelium tuum adversus urbem, ut destruas eam. Et tu conforta eum".
26 Audivit autem uxor Uriae quod mortuus esset Urias vir suus et planxit eum.
27 Transactoque luctu, misit David et introduxit eam domum suam, et facta est ei uxor peperitque ei filium. Et displicuit, quod fecerat David, coram Domino.
King James Version
1 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
2 ¶ And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.
5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.
6 ¶ And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David.
7 And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.
8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king.
9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house.
10 And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house?
11 And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.
12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow.
13 And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house.
14 ¶ And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.
17 And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.
18 ¶ Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war;
19 And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king,
20 And if so be that the king's wrath arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city when ye did fight? knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall?
21 Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
22 ¶ So the messenger went, and came and shewed David all that Joab had sent him for.
23 And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men prevailed against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entering of the gate.
24 And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants; and some of the king's servants be dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
25 Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another: make thy battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage thou him.
26 ¶ And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.
27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.