and husband of Bathsheba
First mentioned in 2 Samuel 11:3, Uriah the Hittite was a warrior for the nation
of Israel during the reign of King David. David committed
adultry with Uriah's wife while Uriah was away fighting Israel's enemies
and Bathsheba became pregnant from the encounter. David sought to
cover up his tryst with Bathsheba by recalling Uriah from the field,
giving Uriah an opportunity to sleep with Bathsheba. The child would
then be believed to be Uriah's and David would be clear from discovery.
Uriah however did not do as David hoped. After eating at the king's
table, Uriah slept at the doorway to the king's house with the king's
servants and did not go to his own home. He later told David that
he did this because it was not right for the armies of Israel to be out
in the field on campaign and him sleeping in his home.
David sent Uriah back to the battle and ordered him to be put in the
place where the battle was fiercest. He then ordered that the troops
with Uriah retreat, leaving Uriah without support. As expected, Uriah
was killed in battle. His wife became David's wife, though the child
born of this treacherous act died as judgment from the Lord.