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Thereweretwomeninonecity....

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Inthespring,whenkingsgoouttowar,DavidsentJoab,hisofficers,andalltheIsraelitesouttodestroythe
Ammonites.Joabsarmysurroundedtheircapitalcity,Rabbah.
IsraeliteSoldierDavidusedtoleadusouttowar,butnowwebarelyseehim
YoavIthadbeendecidedthatDavidwouldtakeamoreadministrativerole,shallwesay
.onewasrich...
DavidIhaveheardthesamerumorsyouhave,andIcanassureyou,thosewhosayIhavesinnedaremistaken.
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Oneeveninghegotupfromhisbedandwalkedaroundontheroofofhishouse.Fromtherehesawawoman
bathing.Shewasverybeautiful.
BatshevaIwentuptotheroof,tobathe,asInormallydid.Ihadnoideaanyonewaswatchingmeatthetime.
King'sMessenger:Thekingsentmetogoupandfindoutwhowasbathingontheroof
NDidyouhaveanyideawhy?
KMIt'snotmyjobtoaskthosequestions.
NWhowasshe?
KMBatsheva,wifeofUriahHachiti.Oneoftheking'sguard.
...Theotherwaspoor...
NIsthatallheaskedyoutodo?
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DavidsentmessengerstogoandbringBathshebatohim.Shehadjustpurifiedherself..ShewenttoDavid,he
sleptwithher,andthenshewentbacktoherhouse.
KMI'mnotatlibertytosay.
DavidWhatyouhavetounderstandisthatwehaveallofoursoldiersdivorcetheirwivesbeforegoingouttobattle.You
know,incasetheygomissingorarecaptured.Standardprocedure.
...Therichmanhadmuchsheepandcattle...
Batsheva:Amessengercametome.Hetoldmethekingwantedtoseeme.WhatchoicedidIhave?Iwent.Iwasbroughtto
hischamber,andtherehewas,withthosepiercingblueeyes....thoseeyes.Whattheysayaboutthoseeyes.....itwasalltrue.
N:WasthereanyfurtherinteractionbetweenDavidandBatshevaafterthat?
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5Later,Bathshebabecamepregnant.Shesentwordtohimsaying,Iampregnant.
KM:I'mdefinitelynotatlibertytosay.
.Thepoormanhadnothing,exceptonesmalllamb...
David:I'llbethefirsttoadmitthatthingsbecamecomplicated...IneededUriah'scooperationtosettlethesituation.
Yoav:IreceivedanurgentmessagefromDaviddemandingUriahbackfromthefront.Iwentovertohimandtoldhim,Uriah,
thekingwantsyoutogohome.Hethoughthehaddonesomethingwrong.
Uriah:Ididn'tunderstandwhatcouldbesourgentthatitcouldn'twaituntilafterthecampaignwasover.I'masoldier.My
jobistobeouttherewithmyfellowsoldiers,beingreadytofight,andIwasbeingcalledawayfromthat.Itmadenosenseto

me.
...Whichhehadboughtandraisedlikeoneofhischildren...
David:IthoughtthatwhatIaskedofhimwasreasonable
Uriah:Icameinexpectingsomekindofmilitarytribunal.Instead,DavidjustaskedmehowIwas,howthepeopleweredoing,
howthewarwasgoing,andthentoldmetogogetsomerest,gobacktomyhouseandtomywife.
.Fromhisbreaditate,fromhiscupitdrank...
N:Didyou?
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ButUriahdidnotgohome.Hesleptoutsidethedoorofthekingspalace,astherestofthekingsservantsdid.
Uriah:Nope
David:UnfortunatelyUriahwasnotreceptivetomysuggestions.
N:Whynot?
Uriah:Thewardoesn'tendjustbecauseI'mcalledawayfromit.Mycommanderandfellowsoldiersarealloutthere,readyto
fight,andDavidwantsmetogohomeandsleepwithmywife?I'msorry,Ican'tdothat.
N:Didyousaythistohim?
Uriah:Ofcourse.Heusedtobeasolider,fromwhatIveheard.Heusedtoleadusintobattle.Ithoughthedunderstand.
...Itwaslikeadaughtertohim...
N:Howdidhereact?
U:HetoldmeIcouldgobackthenextday.
N:Whatdidyoudo?
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DavidsaidtoUriah,Stayheretoday.TomorrowIwillsendyoubacktothebattle.UriahstayedinJerusalemuntil
thenextmorning.
U:Ihungaround.Justlikeheaskedmeto.
.Andatravellercametotherichman...
B:AsfarasIknow,Uriahwasoutatbattletheentiretime.Ihaventseenhimsinceheleft.
PALACEGUARD:Iremembervividly,afterUriahleft,Davidpacingupanddowntheroof.Hekeptlookingoutatthecity
everycoupleofseconds,anditseemedhisgazewasfollowingUriahashewalkedaroundthecity.
N:Didyougobacktoyourwife?
U:WhyshouldI?
D:IfoundUriahslackofcooperationproblematic.
.Andhedidntwanttotakefromhisownsheeptomakeamealforthetraveller....
PG:IthoughtIsawUriahlookingbackatthepalace,theghostofasmileonhisface.
N:DidyouhaveanymoreinteractionwithDavidafterthat?
U:Yes.HecalledmeinandIthoughtitwouldbeforsometypeofmilitaryinstruction.Instead,Iwalkinandhessitting
there,atableinfrontofhimpiledhighwithfood,ahugebottleofwineinitscenter.Heinvitesmetocomeeatanddrinkwith
him.WhatchoicedidIhave?Ieat,andhesconstantlyrefillingmywinegoblet.Iendedupdrinkingalotofwine.
N:Didyougobacktoyourwifeafter?
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ThenDavidcalledUriahtocomeandseehim.UriahateanddrankwithDavid.Davidgothimdrunk,butUriahstill
didnotgohome.Thatevening,Uriahagainsleptatthepalacewiththerestofthekingsservants.

U:ForGdssake,whyiseveryonesoconcernedwithmyrelationshipwithmywife?Imean,howmanywivesdoesDavid
havethathehastobesoconcernedaboutmine?!Icomebackherefromfightingawar,andallanyonewantstotalkaboutis
mywife.WhywasIevencalledback?!Imjustgladtobedonewithallofthis.Imjustabouttoleave,actually.
D:Sometimeswhenfacedwithrebellion,akingmustdowhatisnecessary.
.Sohetookthepoormanslamb....
U:AllIhavetosayis,thislettertoYoavhadbetterbeimportant.

ThenextmorningDavidwrotealettertoJoabandsentitwithUriah.

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Y:YouthinkImgoingtotellyouthecontentofaletterfromDavidsenttomeinstrictconfidence?Thatshilarious.But
betweenyouandme,Ibetyoucanguess.
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IntheletterDavidwrote:PutUriahonthefrontlineswherethefightingisthehardest.Thenleavehimtherealone,
andlethimbekilledinbattle.
D:Uriahwasaloyalanddedicatedsolider,butwhatchoicedidIhave?
N:Doyouknowwhattheletterisabout?
U:Noidea.
N:Areyougoingtoopenit?
U:Areyoucrazy?!Imasoldier.Iwasgivenmilitaryorders.Iwillobeythem.Iwillgivethislettertomycommander,because
thatiswhatDavidhasorderedmetodo.WhatchoicedoIhave?
ISRAELITESOLDIER:IsawUriahcomebackfromJerusalem.Wewereallcuriousastowhyhehadbeensentfor.He
handedYoavaletter.Yoavreaditandimmediatelyputtheletteraway.
Y:Iwasnthappyaboutiteither.Butmyjobistopreservethekingdom.Thekingorderedit.Ithadtobedone.Whatchoice
didIhave?
IS:HelookedtowardUriahandpointedtothewall.Uriahnodded,astone,grimexpressiononhisface.Heturnedtowards
thewallandcharged.Hefoughtvaliantly,buthehadnochance.
...andhemadeitforthetraveller....
Y:Irelayedamessagetotheking,apologizingforthecasualtiesincurredbyourmomentarylapseinmilitarystrategy.Ialso
toldhimthatUriahHachitiwasamongthedead.Hedidntseemalltooupsetaboutit.
D:Factis,inanywar,therewillbecasualties.Thatsjusthowlifegoes.Beingkingmeansmakingthesedecisions.Youcant
letitgetyoudown.Welljusthavetofighthardernexttime.
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BathshebaheardthatherhusbandUriahhaddied,soshemournedforhim.
B:Findingoutthatmyhusbandwasdeaditwasoneoftheworstmomentsofmylife.Ijustslumpeddownandcried.
D:MymarriagetoUriahswifewastotallylegitimate,havingoccurredafterUriahHachitiwaskilled.Anyonewhosays
otherwiseismistaken.
B:Soaftermymourningformyhusband,therewasaknockatmydoor.Itwasthemessengersoftheking,andsoonIwas
Davidswife.
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Afterhertimeofsadness,Davidsentservantstobringhertohishouse.ShebecameDavidswifeandgavebirthto
asonforDavid.ButtheLorddidnotlikewhatDavidhaddone.
D:Yes,IsupposeifonewereinclinedtojudgemethatincertainlyseemslikeIhavedonesomethingwrong.Butitssimply
nottrue.Uriahdivorcedhiswife,Batsheva,beforegoingofftowar.AnycontactbetweenBatshevainmyselfbeforeour

marriagewasthuscompletelylegal.
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Andnowtheswordshallneverleaveyourhouse,foryouhavedisrespectedmebytakingthewifeofUriahHaChiti
tobeyourwife
AMNON:Listen,weallknowmyfathersnotperfect.Imnoteither.
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AndTamarapproachedAmnonforhimtoeat,andhegrabbedherandsaidCome,sleepwithmemysister!
D:And,yes,IdidplaceUriahinadangeroussituation.Butfirstofall,someonehastogooutonthefrontlines.Andthis
time,itwasUriah.Imsorryhedied.Thatswarforyou.
AVSHALOM:Amnonwillpayforwhathedidtomysister.








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ThenAbsalomgavethiscommandtohisservants,WatchAmnon.Whenheisdrunkandfeelinggoodfromthe
wine,Iwillgiveyouthecommand.YoumustattackAmnonandkillhim.Dontbeafraidofbeingpunished.Afterall,
youwillonlybeobeyingmycommand.Now,bestrongandbrave.
D:EvenifyouwanttosaythatIsomehowdidsoonpurpose,thefactisthathedisobeyedadirectorderfrommethree
times.Icantrunakingdomwithrebellioussoldiers.EvenifIdiddoit,hedeservedhisowndeath.
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AbsalomdidthattoalltheIsraeliteswhocametoKingDavidforjudgment.InthiswayAbsalomwontheheartsof
allthepeopleofIsrael.
AV:Youallknowthatmyfatherisweak,heisacoward,andheiscorrupt.MakemekingandIshallrulewithjustice!
D:Mypointis,Iamtheking.Ihavetomakedecisions.Lifeanddeathdecisions,forthegoodofthekingdom.
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Butnowthebaby(fromBatsheva)isdead,sowhyshouldIrefusetoeat?CanIbringthebabybacktolife?No.
SomedayIwillgotohim,buthecannotcomebacktome.
Ihavetodowhatmustbedonetopreservethenation...
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AndKingDavidheardaboutallofthis,(AmnonsrapeofTamar),anditupsethimgreatly
...thethrone...
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(AfterAmnonsdeath),Anditwaswhenthemessengerhadfinishedspeaking,thesonsofthekingcameand
raisedtheirvoicesandcried,andthekingandallhisservantscriedveryhard
Mynation...
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(AfterAvshalomsuprising)DavidwalkedupthepathtotheMountofOlives.Hewascrying,hisheadwascovered,
andhewentwithoutsandalsonhisfeet.AllthepeoplewithDavidalsocoveredtheirheadsandwerecryingasthey
walkedwithhim
...mythrone

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Thekingbecameveryupset.Hewentupstairstotheroomoverthegate,cryingashewalked,Omyson
Absalom!MysonAbsalom,IwishIhaddiedinsteadofyou!OAbsalom,myson,myson!
...Youweresaying,Natan?
N:..Whatshouldbedonetothatman?
D:Thatman?Thatmanisdespicable!Iunderstandthathehadaguest,thatheneededtopreparefoodforthisguest,but
necessityisnoexcuse!Ifhehadlookedharderhewouldhaveseenthathehadotherchoices!Insteadhechosetoabusehis
powerandtotakesomethingthatbelongedtosomeoneelse.Whyarehisconcernsmoreimportantthanthepoormans?
Especiallywhenyouconsiderhowmuchthepoormanlovedthislamb.Heshouldpaydearlyforthislamb,fortytimesits
value!Heshouldbepunishedseverelyforhisactions!
N:Thatmanisyou!



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AndDavidsaidtoNatan,IhavesinnedtoGd

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