II Samuel 11:4
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4  David sent messengers to fetch her; she came to him and he lay with her—she had just purified herself after her period—and she went back home.

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ד  וַיִּשְׁלַח דָּוִד מַלְאָכִים וַיִּקָּחֶהָ וַתָּבוֹא אֵלָיו וַיִּשְׁכַּב עִמָּהּ וְהִיא מִתְקַדֶּשֶׁת מִטֻּמְאָתָהּ וַתָּשָׁב אֶל־בֵּיתָהּ׃

 11:4   David sent messengers to fetch her

The incident of David and Batsheva is quite difficult to understand. How could such a righteous king seemingly succumb to such behavior? The Sages of the Talmud (Shabbat 56a) teach that while his actions were wrong, technically speaking, King David did not commit adultery. The soldiers of ancient Israel’s army were accustomed to grant their wives a conditional bill of divorce prior to going to battle, so that if they were captured or went missing, their wives could remarry. Therefore, at the time of the sin, Batsheva was technically not married. Yet, despite this technicality, the prophet Natan tells King David he has sinned, and King David indeed repents. We are all expected to rise above what may be technically permitted, and live completely moral lives.

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  • "Technically" she was not married, yet all the way through the story she is referred to as the wife of Uriya. Even Nathan calls her the wife of Uriya.

    • Seeker

      …and, technically, we’re not speaking of Batsheva, we’re speaking of David. David WAS married. There is no way or circumstance that would absolve him of adultery. It matters not Batsheva’s state: adultery on David’s part is not excused because she is not married, or even “technically” not married—or because he is the hero of a Biblical narrative. The fact is that God loved David, warts and all—and he had some nice-sized warts: he was a murderer, an adulterer, and he never would have been nominated for a Father of the Year award. And He loves us the same!

  • This selection's commentator sees things from an unusual perspective ! He tries to discuss how " technically,"
    David did no real wrong in taking the woman, due to her husband 's " war divorce." Then he completely ignores the next few sections , where even God is so disgusted with David ' s actions in sending the lady's husband to die in battle, that God kills David's son for punishment……???????

    Wow— now here is a passage that justifies scripture saying " God made man in His own image!!!!"
    David has a good man killed so he can scratch his itch; and —- the loving , merciful, compassionate God, kills an innocent baby to punish David, instead of killing David??????!????

    Go figure— godly wisdom and kingly morality ……

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