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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 2 Samuel 11:14


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    King James Bible - 2 Samuel 11:14

    And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.

    World English Bible

    It happened in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the
    hand of Uriah.

    Douay-Rheims - 2 Samuel 11:14

    And when the morning was come, David wrote a letter to Joab: and sent it by the
    hand of Urias,

    Webster's Bible Translation

    And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the
    hand of Uriah.

    Original Hebrew

    ויהי
    1961 בבקר 1242 ויכתב 3789 דוד 1732 ספר 5612 אל 413 יואב 3097 וישׁלח 7971 ביד 3027 אוריה׃ 223

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 11:14

    ¶ Venida la mañana, escribió David a Joab una carta, la cual envió por mano de Urías.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 11:14

    Verse 14.
    David wrote a letter] This was the sum of treachery and villany.

    He made this most noble man the carrier of letters which prescribed the mode in which he was to be murdered. This case some have likened to that of Bellerophon, son of Glaucus, king of Ephyra, who being in the court of Proetus, king of the Argives, his queen Antia, or as others Sthenoboea, fell violently in love with him; but he, refusing to gratify her criminal passions, was in revenge accused by her to Proetus her husband, as having attempted to corrupt her. Proetus not willing to violate the laws of hospitality by slaying him in his own house, wrote letters to Jobates, king of Lycia, the father of Sthenoboea, and sent them by the hand of Bellerophon, stating his crime, and desiring Jobates to put him to death. To meet the wishes of his son-in-law, and keep his own hands innocent of blood, he sent him with a small force against a very warlike people called the Solymi; but, contrary to all expectation, he not only escaped with his life, but gained a complete victory over them. He was afterwards sent upon several equally dangerous and hopeless expeditions, but still came off with success; and to reward him Jobates gave him one of his daughters to wife, and a part of his kingdom. Sthenoboea, hearing this, through rage and despair killed herself.

    I have given this history at large, because many have thought it not only to be parallel to that of Uriah, but to be a fabulous formation from the Scripture fact: for my own part, I scarcely see in them any correspondence, but in the simple circumstance that both carried those letters which contained their own condemnation. From the fable of Bellerophon came the proverb, Bellerophontis literas portare, "to carry one's own condemnation."


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 14. And it came to pass in the morning , etc.] When David was informed that Uriah did not go to his own house, but slept with his servants, Satan put it into his head and heart to take the following wicked and cruel method: that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent [it] by the hand of Uriah ; to have him cut off by the sword of the enemy. If Uriah suspected David’s criminal conversation with his wife, he was so true and trusted a servant to him, that he would not open his letter to Joab, which had he, it would have betrayed the base design. No one that knows the story of Bellerophon can read this without thinking of that, they are so much alike; and indeed that seems to be founded upon this, and taken from it with a little alteration.

    Bellerophon rejecting the solicitations of Sthenobaea, who was in love with him, she prevailed upon her husband Praetus to send letters by him to Jobates (a name similar to Joab), the general of his army, which contained instructions to take care that he was killed; who sent him upon an expedition for that purpose f181 .


    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 14-27 - Adulteries often occasion murders, and one wickedness is sought to be covered by another. The beginnings of sin are much to be dreaded; for who knows where they will end? Can a real believer ever tread thi path? Can such a person be indeed a child of God? Though grace be no lost in such an awful case, the assurance and consolation of it must be suspended. All David's life, spirituality, and comfort in religion, we may be sure were lost. No man in such a case can have evidence to be satisfied that he is a believer. The higher a man's confidence is, wh has sunk in wickedness, the greater his presumption and hypocrisy. Le not any one who resembles David in nothing but his transgressions bolster up his confidence with this example. Let him follow David in his humiliation, repentance, and his other eminent graces, before he thinks himself only a backslider, and not a hypocrite. Let no oppose of the truth say, These are the fruits of faith! No; they are the effects of corrupt nature. Let us all watch against the beginnings of self-indulgence, and keep at the utmost distance from all evil. But with the Lord there is mercy and plenteous redemption. He will cast ou no humble, penitent believer; nor will he suffer Satan to pluck his sheep out of his hand. Yet the Lord will recover his people, in such way as will mark his abhorrence of their crimes, to hinder all wh regard his word from abusing the encouragements of his mercy __________________________________________________________________


    Original Hebrew

    ויהי 1961 בבקר 1242 ויכתב 3789 דוד 1732 ספר 5612 אל 413 יואב 3097 וישׁלח 7971 ביד 3027 אוריה׃ 223


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