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II Samuel 11

Chapter 11

v. 4:  Bath-Sheba seems quite passive for the most part in this whole affair, and, therefore, the major portion of the guilt and responsibility must lie on David.  (The only action that Bath-Sheba initiates is to tell David that she is pregnant.)  Still, I believe if she had refused to sleep with David, he would not have forced himself on her.  The belief that he was king and had absolute power and would have had her killed if she had refused seems unlikely because of David’s character.  I realize that an argument based on David’s character may sound weak at the very point when David was about to commit adultery and murder, but it must be remembered that his murder of Uriah was out of fear and desperation, not some Saul-like vindictiveness (as would have been the case if he had murdered Bath-Sheba for not sleeping with him).  Besides, David proves in this chapter that fear of public disgrace and shame was motivating him at this time, and murdering Bath- Sheba would have been hard to explain to the public.  (Uriah’s death, by contrast, was quite easy to explain as a casualty of war.)  So in addition to his conscience, David would also have his fear of public disgrace to answer to if he had had Bath-Sheba killed.  Of course, it is quite possible that Bath-Sheba felt intimidated by David and that these arguments did not occur to her at the time.

v. 15:  It is shocking to see David act in such an uncharacteristic way.  It is also a fearful thing to realize that someone who was a “man after God’s own heart” could sink to this level of degradation.  Note, too, how weak and mean spirited David is as a result of his evil.  Uriah, by contrast, is strong and noble because his good actions.

v. 21:  Either Joab is attempting to make a strategic error of his own more palatable to David by telling him of Uriah’s death, or he is hinting at the fact that he would never have made such a bad military decision on his own if David had not wanted Uriah’s murder to look like an honest casualty of war.

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  1. […] have updated my Bible commentary notes to include II Samuel 11.  As always, feel free to leave comments! Like this:LikeBe the first to like […]

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