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David and Bathsheba : David’s scheme to steal another man’s wife succeeded, but he could not keep his secret from everyone.
David and Bathsheba

Based on 2 Samuel 11-12.

David was King of all Israel early in the 10th century BC. Through Bathsheba, he was a forefather of Jesus, but the marriage was the result of a stratagem unworthy of a King.

DAVID became captivated by a young woman called Bathsheba, and wanted her for his wife.

When he discovered that she was already married, he contrived to have her husband, Uriah, drafted into the Israelite army, and posted to the front line.

Soon Uriah was killed in battle, just as David intended. The King seized his chance to comfort the grieving widow, and before long, Bathsheba bore David a son and heir.

A little later, David’s chief prophet Nathan brought a case of injustice to the King. A rich man, he said, with many sheep of his own had stolen a poor man’s lamb, and served it up at his own table!

David angrily demanded retribution; but Nathan simply said, ‘You are that man’.

David now realised the tale had been about him, Uriah, and Bathsheba. He was pierced through with shame and regret, and composed a Psalm* to express his repentance and hopes for forgiveness.

* Psalm 51.

Based on 2 Samuel 11-12.

Psalm 50(51)

This setting of Psalm 51 (Psalm 50 for the Eastern churches), the song of repentance composed by David over his affair with Bathsheba and the death of Uriah, is sung here by the Male Choir of the Representation Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery.

HAVE mercy upon me, O God,
according to thy lovingkindness:
according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies
blot out my transgressions.

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David enviously watches Bathsheba and Uriah, while a soldier takes orders to have Uriah placed in the heat of battle. From the 15th century Bedford Hours.

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