What Does the Bible Actually Say About David & Bathsheba? Stick with Scripture.

It’s not every day that David and Bathsheba are trending. The likely reason for this is an old video of a woke lawyer telling a former woke ERLC leader that David had raped Bathsheba and that all pastors are wrong who say that he fornicated. She went on to say that if we really knew the Hebrew that we would know this was the case. Really? Well, let’s hear from Keil and Delitzsch, one of the most reputable commentaries with expertise in the languages. One reviewer notes: “The commentary series was written at a time when a serious, educated reader of the Bible would be familiar with Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.” Here is with K&D say about the Bathsheba incident:

David sent for the woman, and lay with her. In the expression “he took her, and she came to him,” there is no intimation whatever that David brought Bathsheba into his palace through craft or violence, but rather that she came at his request without any hesitation, and offered no resistance to his desires. Consequently Bathsheba is not to be regarded as free from blame. The very act of bathing in the uncovered court of a house in the heart of the city, into which it was possible for any one to look down from the roofs of the houses on higher ground, does not say much for her feminine modesty, even if it was not done with an ulterior purpose, as some commentators suppose. Nevertheless in any case the greatest guilt rests upon David, that he, a man upon whom the Lord had bestowed such grace, did not resist the temptation to the lust of the flesh, but sent to fetch the woman. “When she had sanctified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house.” Defilement from sexual intercourse rendered unclean till the evening (Lev. 15:18). Bathsheba thought it her duty to observe this statute most scrupulously, though she did not shrink from committing the sin of adultery.

There are certainly pastors out there that misuse the language, fail to study, and exegete passages for people to know what the Bible actually says. Nonetheless, it is not the pastors in this case who are guilty, but a woman lawyer claiming to be authoritative over pastors; and most emphatically, claiming to be authoritative over Scripture. One writer put it very convincingly in a tweet below:

Besides this, such a situation of the misuse of Scripture should give us pause to ever say something concerning a person in the Bible that God does not say. Another error is saying that Moses was a murderer. God does not call him such. The same is true with David. David committed adultery, but he was not guilty of rape. Stick with Scripture.