Daily Bible Reading “David Sent Uriah to the Front line” (2 Samuel 11:14-27)


2 Samuel 11 David sent Uriah to the FrontlineDavid Sent Uriah to the Front line

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 11:14-27. The next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah back to the battlefield.

David told Joab in the letter to put Uriah on the front lines of the battle and leave him there so he will be killed.

So Joab assigned Uriah in a place where he knew there were valiant men to fight the battle. Uriah along with some of Joab’s other men were killed.

Joab sent word to David about the happenings of the war. He told the servant if David got angry and asked why they went so close to the city wall tell him that Uriah was dead as well.

The servant went to David and gave him a report on the battle as Joab had requested.

David sent word back to Joab telling him not to let this discourage him, but to go even harder against the city and overthrow it.

When Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, heard that he was killed she mourned for him.

When Bathsheba had finished mourning for her husband, Uriah, David sent for her. She became David’s wife and had his son.

David thought he had fixed the problem, but the LORD was not happy with David and his actions.

Have you ever done anything that you knew displeased the LORD? How did it make you feel to know that God was not pleased with you? How do you think David felt?


Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 11:14-27

14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.
17 And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.
18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war;
19 And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king,
20 And if so be that the king’s wrath arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city when ye did fight? knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall?
21 Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
22 So the messenger went, and came and shewed David all that Joab had sent him for.
23 And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men prevailed against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entering of the gate.

24 And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants; and some of the king’s servants be dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
25 Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another: make thy battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage thou him.
26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.
27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.


Things to think about:

  • What was David’s plan to get rid of Uriah?
  • How did David’s plan play out?
  • What did David do once Uriah was dead?
  • How did the LORD feel about David’s actions?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see how David dealt with his sin and we see that You were not happy with him. Help us to think about the consequences of the things we do before we do them. Help us to not only think of ourselves and our own desires, but to think of the others it will affect. Help us to realize that when we sin it grieves You. Help us to consider all these things before we make decisions that we can’t reverse. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


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