and it cometh to pass, at evening-time, that David riseth from off his couch, and walketh up and down on the roof of the king's house, and seeth from the roof a woman bathing, and the woman is of very good appearance,
2 Samuel 11:2 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
In an evening-tide - David arose - He had been reposing on the roof of his house, to enjoy the breeze, as the noonday was too hot for the performance of business. This is still a constant custom on the flat-roofed houses in the East.
He saw a woman washing herself - How could any woman of delicacy expose herself where she could be so fully and openly viewed? Did she not know that she was at least in view of the king's terrace? Was there no design in all this? Et fugit ad salices, et se cupit ante videri. In a Bengal town pools of water are to be seen everywhere, and women may be seen morning and evening bathing in them, and carrying water home. Thus David might have seen Bath-sheba, and no blame attach to her.
2 Samuel 11:4 shows us that this washing was at the termination of a particular period.
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2 Samuel 4:5,7 And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth...
Proverbs 19:15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
Proverbs 24:33,34 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep...
Matthew 26:40,41 And he comes to the disciples, and finds them asleep, and said to Peter, What, could you not watch with me one hour...
1 Thessalonians 5:6,7 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober...
1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and watch to prayer.
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Deuteronomy 22:8 When you build a new house, then you shall make a battlement for your roof, that you bring not blood on your house...
Jeremiah 19:13 And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet...
Matthew 10:27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak you in light: and what you hear in the ear, that preach you on the housetops.
Acts 10:9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew near to the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:
Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise...
Genesis 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
Genesis 34:2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.
Job 31:1 I made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I think on a maid?
Psalm 119:37 Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken you me in your way.
Matthew 5:28 But I say to you, That whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.
1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father...
Genesis 39:6 And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat...
Proverbs 6:25 Lust not after her beauty in your heart; neither let her take you with her eyelids.
Proverbs 31:30 Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
2 Samuel 11:2 Parallel CommentariesAfternoon Bathing Beautiful Bed Couch David Evening Eveningtide Eventide Herself House King's Late Palace Roof Walked Walking WashingAfternoon Bathing Beautiful Bed Couch David Evening Eveningtide Eventide Herself House King's Late Palace Roof Walked Walking WashingTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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