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  • Now the people of Ammon realized how seriously they had angered David, so they hired twenty thousand Aramean mercenaries from the lands of Beth-rehob and Zobah, one thousand from the king of Maacah, and twelve thousand from the land of Tob. - 2 Samuel 10:6

  • When David heard about this, he sent Joab and the entire Israelite army to fight them. - 2 Samuel 10:7

  • When David heard what was happening, he mobilized all Israel, crossed the Jordan River, and led the army to Helam. The Arameans positioned themselves there in battle formation and then attacked David. - 2 Samuel 10:17

  • But again the Arameans fled from the Israelites. This time David's forces killed seven hundred charioteers and forty thousand horsemen,* including Shobach, the commander of their army.2 - 2 Samuel 10:18

  • The following spring, the time of year when kings go to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to destroy the Ammonites. In the process they laid siege to the city of Rabbah. But David stayed behind in Jerusalem. - 2 Samuel 11:1

  • Late one afternoon David got out of bed after taking a nap and went for a stroll on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath. - 2 Samuel 11:2

  • Then David sent for her; and when she came to the palace, he slept with her. (She had just completed the purification rites after having her menstrual period.) Then she returned home. - 2 Samuel 11:4

  • Later, when Bathsheba discovered that she was pregnant, she sent a message to inform David. - 2 Samuel 11:5

  • So David sent word to Joab: "Send me Uriah the Hittite." - 2 Samuel 11:6

  • When Uriah arrived, David asked him how Joab and the army were getting along and how the war was progressing. - 2 Samuel 11:7

  • Then he told Uriah, "Go on home and relax." David even sent a gift to Uriah after he had left the palace. - 2 Samuel 11:8

  • When David heard what Uriah had done, he summoned him and asked, "What's the matter with you? Why didn't you go home last night after being away for so long?" - 2 Samuel 11:10

  • "Well, stay here tonight," David told him, "and tomorrow you may return to the army." So Uriah stayed in Jerusalem that day and the next. - 2 Samuel 11:12

  • Then David invited him to dinner and got him drunk. But even then he couldn't get Uriah to go home to his wife. Again he slept at the palace entrance. - 2 Samuel 11:13

  • So the next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and gave it to Uriah to deliver. - 2 Samuel 11:14

  • Then Joab sent a battle report to David. - 2 Samuel 11:18

  • So the messenger went to Jerusalem and gave a complete report to David. - 2 Samuel 11:22
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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