David took many wives for himself (2 Sam 3:2-5,14), but the circumstances surrounding his taking of Bathsheba brought him trouble for the rest of his life. While her husband Uriah was out fighting battles for David (he was one of David’s leading soldiers; 2 Sam 11:3; 23:39), David made love to her and she became pregnant (2 Sam 11:2-5). He then thought of a murderous plan to have Uriah killed in battle, after which he took Bathsheba into his palace as a royal wife (2 Sam 11:6-27). Nathan the prophet condemned David for murder and adultery, assuring David that his own family would be torn apart by murder and adultery (2 Sam 12:1-12). David repented of his sin (2 Sam 12:13; Ps 51), but God’s forgiveness did not remove the evil example that David had already set before his family.

The child born to David and Bathsheba died (2 Sam 12:14-23), but later they had another son, Solomon (2 Sam 12:24). This son was the one chosen by God to succeed David as king (1 Chron 22:9- 10). In David’s closing years another son, Adonijah, tried to outdo Solomon in their claims for the throne, but Bathsheba’s influence ensured that Solomon became king (1 Kings 1:11-31). When Adonijah then tried to use Bathsheba to advance himself in Solomon’s court, Solomon executed him for treason (1 Kings 2:13-25).

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