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.
va-yish-LAKH da-VID mal-a-KHEEM va-yi-ka-KHE-ha va-ta-VO ay-LAV va-yish-KAV i-MAH v’-HEE mit-ka-DE-shet mi-tum-a-TAH va-TA-shov el bay-TAH
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.