Introducing … Bathsheba

Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah the Hittite.  While he was away at war, King David caught a glimpse of Bathsheba bathing on the roof of her home.  He found her beautiful and sent for her.  He slept with her and she became pregnant.  In order to try to cover his sin, he brought Uriah home from war to sleep with his wife, but he did not, citing the fact that no one else was allowed the luxury of returning to their home, so he wished to stay with his men.   This was very troubling to David, who was hoping that Uriah could claim the pregnant Bathsheba as carrying HIS child.  When this plan didn’t work, David had Uriah sent to the front lines of the war where he would no doubt be killed.   When Bathsheba got word that her husband had died, she grieved for him.  When her mourning period was over, David brought her into his household as his wife.

Nathan the prophet was sent to David to express the Lord’s displeasure in what he had done, and Bathsheba’s son was stricken ill and died.   Soon after the baby’s death, Bathsheba bore another son, and they named him Solomon.

In David’s old age, Bathsheba next appears to plead to the king that her son Solomon should be the next king, not Adonijah.  David proclaimed that Solomon would be his successor and had him anointed king.

In 1Kings 2, Bathsheba was also asked to be a messenger from Adonijah to his brother, King Solomon.  Bathsheba is mentioned as the mother of Solomon in 1 Chronicles and also in Psalm 51:1

You can read the full story of David and Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11:1- 12:25, 1 Kings 1:1- 2:22, 1 Chronicles 3 and Psalm 51.

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  1. I love this series on the women of the Bible. Thanks for educating me.

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