Proverbs 28:13 – He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

Henrietta Mears – “In all God’s Word no chapter is more tragic or more full of warning for the child of God.”

1 Corinthians 10:11 – Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition(instruction).

1 Corinthians 10:12 – Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.


2 Samuel 11:1 – It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when the kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.

David allowed himself to become isolated. He is not with his men. He is not in his rightful place.

When we become isolated, we become vulnerable to the attack of the enemy.

Spirit – Filled Life Bible – Had David been where he belonged, this tragedy would not have happened.

Hebrews 10:25 – Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together.

We need Jesus, but we also need Jesus’ people.



2 Samuel 11:2 – Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold.

Saw – also refers to a bird of prey with sharp eyes

2 Samuel 11:3 – So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?”

Robert Morris – Lust is illogical and unreasonable. It lies to us, deceives us, and never satisfies us.

2 Samuel 11:4 – Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her.

Matthew 5:27 – “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’

Matthew 5:28 – But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Job 31:1(NLT) – I have made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman.

1 Corinthians 6:18 – Flee sexual immorality.

2 Samuel 11:5 – And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and said, ”I am with child.”

2 Samuel 11:27 – But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.

Numbers 32:23 – Be sure your sins will find you out.

James 1:14 – But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

James 1:15 – Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full grown, brings forth death.


2 Samuel 12:1 – Then the Lord sent Nathan to David.

2 Samuel 12:13 – David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”


Proverbs 28:13 – He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

Psalm 51:1 – Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.

2 Samuel 12:13 – And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin.”

Steps to true liberation:

Take responsibility for your actions

David declared, I have sinned against the Lord.

Turn with a repentant heart toward God

James Robison – Confession brings forgiveness, repentance brings deliverance

Receive God’s forgiveness

2 Samuel 12:13 – The Lord has put away your sin.

1 John 1:7 – If we walk in the light……. The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Walk in Biblical Freedom

Meditate on the Word of God – Philippians 4:8

Be accountable to other believers – James 5:16

Discussion Questions

Is there anything in your life you are trying to hide from the Lord or other people?

What is holding you back from stepping into the light?

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through this story of David and Bathsheba?

How can you better guard your heart and your eyes?