SEV Biblia, Chapter 11:11 Y Urías respondió a David: El arca, e Israel y Judá, están debajo de tiendas; y mi señor Joab, y los siervos de mi señor sobre la faz del campo; Â¿y había yo de entrar en mi casa para comer y beber, y a dormir con mi mujer? Por vida tuya, y por vida de tu alma, que yo no haré tal cosa.
Clarke's Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 11:11 Verse 11. The ark, and Israel-abide in tents] It appears therefore that they had taken the ark with them to battle.
This was the answer of a brave, generous and disinterested man. I will not indulge myself while all my fellow soldiers are exposed to hardships, and even the ark of the Lord in danger. Had Uriah no suspicion of what had been done in his absence?
John Gill's Bible Commentary Ver. 11. And Uriah said unto David , etc.] As an apology for this conduct: the ark, and Israel and Judah, abide in tents ; meaning not the people of Israel and Judah in the land of Canaan; for they did not now dwell in tents, though indeed the ark of the Lord did, ( 2 Samuel 7:2), which some think is here referred to; but the armies of Israel and Judah besieging Rabbah, with whom it seems the ark was, which sometimes was carried with them when they went out to war, ( 1 Samuel 4:4 14:18), though Abarbinel thinks this was not the ark in which were the two tables of stone, and therefore is not called the ark of the covenant, but an ark which was made to put the ephod, and Urim and Thummim in that they might upon occasion inquire of the Lord by them: and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord are encamped in the open fields : around Rabbah they were besieging; he calls Joab his lord, because he was the chief general under whom he served and the rest of the commanding officers he calls the servants of his lord as distinguished from the common soldiers. The Jews, who are for excusing David from blame in the case of Uriah, observe f180 , that he was guilty of rebellion against David, and so worthy of death not only because he disobeyed his command, in not going to his house when he ordered him but by calling “Joab my lord” in his presence: but this was only a respectable character of his general and no overt act of treason to his king; nor did David so understand it, nor in the least resent it: now seeing such great men, who were far superior to him in rank and office were obliged to lie on the bare ground, he argues: shall I then go into mine house to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife ? if he had any suspicion of David’s crime, he might purposely add the last clause; and if not, it was enough to awaken the conscience of David, and cut him to the quick had he not been greatly hardened through the deceitfulness of sin to observe, that a faithful subject and a soldier of his would not allow himself the enjoyment of lawful pleasures, when his fellow soldiers were exposing their lives to danger for their country; and yet he under such circumstances indulged to sinful lusts and criminal pleasures: [as] thou livest and [as] thy soul liveth I will not do this thing ; he swears to it for the confirmation of it; this he did to prevent any further solicitations from the king, or his wife unto it, who were both anxiously desirous of it; for though no mention is made of his wife, yet no doubt she did all she could to prevail upon him to come to his house but all to no purpose; his mind was so bent to the contrary through the overruling providence of God to which it must be ascribed.
Matthew Henry Commentary Verses 6-13 - Giving way to sin hardens the heart, and provokes the departure of the Holy Spirit. Robbing a man of his reason, is worse than robbing him of his money; and drawing him into sin, is worse than drawing him into an wordly trouble whatever.
Original Hebrew ויאמר 559 אוריה 223 אל 413 דוד 1732 הארון 727 וישׂראל 3478 ויהודה 3063 ישׁבים 3427 בסכות 5521 ואדני 113 יואב 3097 ועבדי 5650 אדני 113 על 5921 פני 6440 השׂדה 7704 חנים 2583 ואני 589 אבוא 935 אל 413 ביתי 1004 לאכל 398 ולשׁתות 8354 ולשׁכב 7901 עם 5973 אשׁתי 802 חיך 2416 וחי 2416 נפשׁך 5315 אם 518 אעשׂה 6213 את 853 הדבר 1697 הזה׃ 2088