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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

2 Samuel 11–12

THEME

Sins of the righteous

SETTING

Around 1000 BCE Jerusalem.

KEY FIGURES

David Israel’s well-respected second king, who ascends to the throne after Saul’s death. He sins against God by sleeping with Bathsheba.

Bathsheba The wife of Uriah the Hittite, who commits adultery with David and later marries him.

Joab The commander of David’s army.

Nathan A prophet and one of David’s closest advisers.

Uriah the Hittite A high-ranking officer in David’s army who is married to Bathsheba.

Initially revered as a wise king, David is in the 11th year of his reign when he breaks God’s laws. The events that then unfold warn ...

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