Characters

David: King Of Israel
Nathan: Prophet
Uriah: David Soldier
Joab: David’s Army Comman
der
Bathsheba: Uriah’s Wife
Messengers

(In the spring of the year, when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. They destroyed the Ammonite army and laid siege to the city of Rabbah. However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem) – (2 Samuel 11:1-27, 12-6)

Act 1:

Scene 1: (David is walking on the roof of his palace, looking out over the city.)

David: (to himself) Ah, the spring of the year, when kings go out to war. But I will stay behind in Jerusalem.

Scene 2: (David sees Bathsheba bathing and sends for her.)

David: (to servant) Who is that woman? Go and find out.

Servant: (returning) She is Bathsheba, daughter of Eliam and wife of Uriah the Hittite.

David: (to servant) Bring her to me.

Scene 3: (David sleeps with Bathsheba.)

David: (to Bathsheba) You are mine now.

Bathsheba: (protesting) But I am married, Your Majesty.

David: (dismissively) That means nothing to me. I am the king.

Act 2:

Scene 1: (Uriah returns from battle and David tries to get him to go home.)

David: (to Uriah) Go home, Uriah. Your wife needs you.

Uriah: (refusing) I cannot leave my post, Your Majesty. The Ark and the armies of Israel and Judah are living in tents.

David: (persisting) Go home, Uriah. I insist.

Uriah: (again refusing) How could I go home to wine and dine and sleep with my wife? I swear that I would never do such a thing.

Scene 2: (David sends Uriah to the front lines and he is killed.)

David: (to Joab) Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Then pull back so that he will be killed.

Joab: (to David) But, Your Majesty, that will put Uriah in danger.

David: (firmly) I am the king. Do as I say.

Scene 3: (Joab assigns Uriah to a spot close to the city wall and he is killed.)

Joab: (to soldier) Station Uriah over there, where the enemy’s strongest men are fighting.

Soldier: (to Joab) But, sir, that’s too dangerous.

Joab: (firmly) Do as I say.

Act 3:

Scene 1: (Bathsheba mourns Uriah’s death.)

Bathsheba: (weeping) Oh, Uriah! My husband!

Scene 2: (David marries Bathsheba.)

David: (to Bathsheba) You are now my wife.

Bathsheba: (sadly) Yes, Your Majesty.

Scene 3: (Nathan confronts David.)

Nathan: (Here is the parable Nathan told to David)

The Lord sent Nathan to David. When Nathan came to him, he said, ‘There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup, and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.

Now, a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.

David: (angrily) As surely as the LORD lives,” any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.”

Nathan: (to David) You are that rich man, David. You have taken what does not belong to you.

Nathan: (to David) You have committed a grave sin, David. You have taken a man’s wife and killed him.

To be continued…….(Episode 2)

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