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2 Samuel 11:8-15

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11:8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your home and relax.” 1  When Uriah left the palace, the king sent a gift to him. 2  11:9 But Uriah stayed at the door of the palace with all 3  the servants of his lord. He did not go down to his house.

11:10 So they informed David, “Uriah has not gone down to his house.” So David said to Uriah, “Haven’t you just arrived from a journey? Why haven’t you gone down to your house?” 11:11 Uriah replied to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah reside in temporary shelters, and my lord Joab and my lord’s soldiers are camping in the open field. Should I go to my house to eat and drink and have marital relations 4  with my wife? As surely as you are alive, 5  I will not do this thing!” 11:12 So David said to Uriah, “Stay here another day. Tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah stayed in Jerusalem both that day and the following one. 6  11:13 Then David summoned him. He ate and drank with him, and got him drunk. But in the evening he went out to sleep on his bed with the servants of his lord; he did not go down to his own house.

11:14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 11:15 In the letter he wrote: “Station Uriah in the thick of the battle and then withdraw from him so he will be cut down and killed.”

1 tn Heb “and wash your feet.”

2 tn Heb “and there went out after him the gift of the king.”

3 tc The Lucianic recension of the Old Greek translation lacks the word “all.”

4 tn Heb “and lay.”

5 tn Heb “as you live and as your soul lives.”

6 tn On the chronology involved here see P. K. McCarter, II Samuel (AB), 287.



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