Bible: 2 Samuel 11:14-25
11:14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 11:15 In the letter he wrote: “Station Uriah in the thick of the battle and then withdraw from him so he will be cut down and killed.”
11:16 So as Joab kept watch on the city, he stationed Uriah at the place where he knew the best enemy soldiers 1 were. 11:17 When the men of the city came out and fought with Joab, some of David’s soldiers 2 fell in battle. Uriah the Hittite also died.
11:18 Then Joab sent a full battle report to David. 3 11:19 He instructed the messenger as follows: “When you finish giving the battle report to the king, 11:20 if the king becomes angry and asks you, ‘Why did you go so close to the city to fight? Didn’t you realize they would shoot from the wall? 11:21 Who struck down Abimelech the son of Jerub-Besheth? Didn’t a woman throw an upper millstone 4 down on him from the wall so that he died in Thebez? Why did you go so close to the wall?’ just say to him, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead.’”
11:22 So the messenger departed. When he arrived, he informed David of all the news that Joab had sent with him. 11:23 The messenger said to David, “The men overpowered us and attacked us 5 in the field. But we forced them to retreat all the way 6 to the door of the city gate. 11:24 Then the archers shot at your servants from the wall and some of the king’s soldiers 7 died. Your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead.” 11:25 David said to the messenger, “Tell Joab, ‘Don’t let this thing upset you. 8 There is no way to anticipate whom the sword will cut down. 9 Press the battle against the city and conquer 10 it.’ Encourage him with these words.” 11