11:1 In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to
battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him;
they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David
remained at Jerusalem.
It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch
and was walking about on the roof of the king's house, that he saw
from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful.
David sent someone to inquire about the woman. It was reported,
"This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the
So David sent messengers to get her, and she came to him, and he
lay with her. (Now she was purifying herself after her period.)
Then she returned to her house.
The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, "I am
So David sent word to Joab, "Send me Uriah the Hittite."
And Joab sent Uriah to David.
When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab and the people fared,
and how the war was going.
Then David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house, and wash
your feet." Uriah went out of the king's house, and there
followed him a present from the king.
But Uriah slept at the entrance of the king's house with all the
servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.
When they told David, "Uriah did not go down to his
house," David said to Uriah, "You have just come from a
journey. Why did you not go down to your house?"
Uriah said to David, "The ark and Israel and Judah remain in
booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping
in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to
drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul
lives, I will not do such a thing."
Then David said to Uriah, "Remain here today also, and
tomorrow I will send you back." So Uriah remained in
Jerusalem that day. On the next day,
David invited him to eat and drink in his presence and made him
drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the
servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.
In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the
hand of Uriah.
In the letter he wrote, "Set Uriah in the forefront of the
hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be
struck down and die."
14:1 Fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." They
are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is no one who does
The LORD looks down from heaven on humankind to see if there are
any who are wise, who seek after God.
They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse; there is
no one who does good, no, not one.
Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as
they eat bread, and do not call upon the LORD?
There they shall be in great terror, for God is with the company
of the righteous.
You would confound the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their
O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion! When the LORD
restores the fortunes of his people, Jacob will rejoice; Israel
will be glad.
3:14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.
I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant
that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power
through his Spirit,
and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are
being rooted and grounded in love.
I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the
saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that
you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to
accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine,
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all
generations, forever and ever. Amen.
6:1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee,
also called the Sea of Tiberias.
A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that
he was doing for the sick.
Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples.
Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near.
When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus
said to Philip, "Where are we to buy bread for these people
He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to
Philip answered him, "Six months' wages would not buy enough
bread for each of them to get a little."
One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him,
"There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish.
But what are they among so many people?"
Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was a
great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five
thousand in all.
Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he
distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as
much as they wanted.
When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, "Gather up
the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost."
So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five
barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve
When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say,
"This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the
When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by
force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by
When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,
got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was
now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing.
When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus
walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were
But he said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid."
Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the
boat reached the land toward which they were going.