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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Samuel 11:6-13

Uriah, we may suppose, had now been absent from his wife some weeks, making the campaign in the country of the Ammonites, and not intending to return till the end of it. The situation of his wife would bring to light the hidden works of darkness; and when Uriah, at his return, should find how he had been abused, and by whom, it might well be expected, 1. That he would prosecute his wife, according to law, and have her stoned to death; for jealousy is the rage of a man, especially a man of... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 11:10

And when they had told David ,.... The next morning, either those that went with the mess of meat, or the guards with whom he slept all night: saying, Uriah went not down to his house ; as the king had ordered him; which those persons being acquainted with, informed him of it, as an act of disobedience to him: David said unto Uriah ; having sent for him upon the above information: camest thou not from thy journey ? and which was a long one of sixty four miles, as before... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Samuel 11:10

Camest thou not from thy journey ? - It is not thy duty to keep watch or guard; thou art come from a journey, and needest rest and refreshment. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 11:1-17

The facts are: 1 . During the prosecution of the war against Ammon in the spring, David remains in Jerusalem. 2 . Walking one evening on his house top, he sees a woman washing herself, and observes her beauty. 3 . Curiosity being awakened, he sends to inquire after her, and learns that she is the wife of Uriah. 4 . Sending a royal message to her, she, as a loyal subject, waits upon him, whereupon he commits adultery. 5 . Discovering in the course of a little time that the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 11:5-15

( JERUSALEM , RABBAH .) Entanglements of sin. He who once leaves the right path little knows how far he may go astray or how great will be his perplexities and perils. Possibly he may never return; certainly he will not return without overcoming immense difficulties, and finding out by bitter experience his folly and perversity. "The gates of hell are open night and day; Smooth the descent, and easy is the way; But to return and view the cheerful skies, In this the task and... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Samuel 11:10

2 Samuel 11:10. David said, Camest thou not from thy journey? Wearied with hard service and travel; nor did I expect or desire that thou shouldest now attend upon my person: or keep watch among my guards. He still artfully pretends kindness to him, and great care of him. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 11:1-27

11:1-20:26 CONFLICTS IN DAVID’S FAMILYDavid takes Bathsheba as wife (11:1-12:31)While the Israelite army was out fighting another battle against Ammon, David, back in Jerusalem, committed a series of sins that brought him sorrow and trouble for the rest of his life. To begin with, he was guilty of sexual immorality with Bathsheba, wife of Uriah, one of David’s top soldiers (11:1-5; cf. 23:39).On discovering that Bathsheba was pregnant, David thought of a plan to cover up his sin. He recalled... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 2 Samuel 11:6-25

David’s murder of Uriah 11:6-25David compounded his sin by trying to cover it up rather than confessing it. He tried three cover-ups: a "clean" one (2 Samuel 11:6-11), a "dirty" one (2 Samuel 11:12-13), and a "criminal" one (2 Samuel 11:14-17). [Note: Walter Vogels, "David’s Greatness in His Sin and Repentance," The Way 15:4 (1975):246.] David’s suggestion that Uriah go home and "wash his feet" (2 Samuel 11:8) may have been an encouragement to enjoy his wife sexually since "feet" in the Old... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Samuel 11:1-27

David and BathshebaThis narrative is of the greatest value. It shows the faithfulness and the high morality of the historian, who relates, without a single attempt at palliation, this scandalous chapter in the great king’s history. Further, the position of the prophet, even in these early days, as the ’conscience’ of the individual or the nation, is clearly described. What Nathan is to David, Elijah (with equal courage) is to Ahab. In other nations, even in much later times, such an act if... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 11:1-27

CHAPTER XIV.DAVID AND URIAH.2 Samuel 11:1-27.HOW ardently would most, if not all readers, of the life of David have wished that it had ended before this chapter! Its golden era has passed away, and what remains is little else than a chequered tale of crime and punishment. On former occasions, under the influence of strong and long-continued temptations, we have seen his faith give way and a spirit of dissimulation appear; but these were like spots on the sun, not greatly obscuring his general... read more

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