New International Version
So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were.
King James Bible
And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.
Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass as Joab watched the city, that he assigned Urijah to a place where he knew that the valiant men were.
World English Bible
It happened, when Joab kept watch on the city, that he assigned Uriah to the place where he knew that valiant men were.
Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass in Joab's watching of the city, that he appointeth Uriah unto the place where he knew that valiant men are;
2 Samuel 11:16 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
David wrote a letter - This was the sum of treachery and villany. He made this most noble man the carrier of letters which prescribed the mode in which he was to be murdered. This case some have likened to that of Bellerophon, son of Glaucus, king of Ephyra, who being in the court of Proetus, king of the Argives, his queen Antia, or as others Sthenoboea, fell violently in love with him; but he, refusing to gratify her criminal passions, was in revenge accused by her to Proetus her husband, as having attempted to corrupt her. Proetus not willing to violate the laws of hospitality by slaying him in his own house, wrote letters to Jobates, king of Lycia, the father of Sthenoboea, and sent them by the hand of Bellerophon, stating his crime, and desiring Jobates to put him to death. To meet the wishes of his son-in-law, and keep his own hands innocent of blood, he sent him with a small force against a very warlike people called the Solymi; but, contrary to all expectation, he not only escaped with his life, but gained a complete victory over them. He was afterwards sent upon several equally dangerous and hopeless expeditions, but still came off with success; and to reward him Jobates gave him one of his daughters to wife, and a part of his kingdom. Sthenoboea, hearing this, through rage and despair killed herself.
I have given this history at large, because many have thought it not only to be parallel to that of Uriah, but to be a fabulous formation from the Scripture fact: for my own part, I scarcely see in them any correspondence, but in the simple circumstance that both carried those letters which contained their own condemnation. From the fable of Bellerophon came the proverb, Bellerophontis literas portare, "to carry one's own condemnation".
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2 Samuel 11:15
In it he wrote, "Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die."
2 Samuel 11:17
When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David's army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.
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