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Bathsheba – Wife of King David

Profile of Bathsheba, Wife of David and Mother of Solomon

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Bathsheba oil painting on canvas by Willem Drost (1654).

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The relationship between Bathsheba and King David did not begin well, but she later became his loyal wife and mother of King Solomon, the wisest ruler of Israel.

David forced Bathsheba to commit adultery with him while her husband, Uriah the Hittite, was away at war. When she became pregnant, David tried to trick Uriah into sleeping with her so it would look like the child was Uriah's. Uriah refused. David then plotted to have Uriah sent to the front lines of battle and abandoned by his fellow soldiers; Uriah was killed by the enemy. After Bathsheba finished mourning Uriah, David took her for his wife. But David's actions displeased God, and the baby born to Bathsheba died.

Bathsheba bore David other sons, most notably Solomon. God so loved Solomon that Nathan the prophet called him Jedidiah, which means "beloved of Jehovah."

Bathsheba's Accomplishments:

Bathsheba was a faithful wife to David.

She was especially loyal to her son Solomon, making sure he followed David as king, even though Solomon was not David's firstborn son.

Bathsheba is one of only five women listed in the ancestry of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:6).

Bathsheba's Strengths:

Bathsheba was wise and protective.

She used her position to ensure both her and Solomon's safety when Adonijah tried to steal the throne.

Life Lessons:

Women had few rights in ancient times. When King David summoned Bathsheba, she had no choice but to sleep with him. After David had her husband murdered, she had no choice when David took her for his wife. Despite being mistreated, she learned to love David and saw a promising future for Solomon. Often circumstances seem stacked against us, but if we keep our faith in God, we can find meaning in life. God makes sense when nothing else does.

Hometown:

Jerusalem.

Referenced in the Bible:

2 Samuel 11:1-3, 12:24; 1 Kings 1:11-31, 2:13-19; 1 Chronicles 3:5; Psalm 51:1.

Occupation:

Queen, wife, mother, counselor of her son Solomon.

Family Tree:

Father - Eliam
Husbands - Uriah the Hittite, and King David.
Sons - An unnamed son, Solomon, Shammua, Shobab, and Nathan.

Key Verses:

2 Samuel 11:2-4
One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, "She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite." Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (NIV)

2 Samuel 11:26-27
When Uriah's wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the LORD. (NIV)

2 Samuel 12:24
Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The LORD loved him; (NIV)

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