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King David’s Crime Summary – Solved BBA Notes

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King David’s Crime

-Source Bible, Samuel II, Chapter II

King Davids Crime Summary Solved BBA Notes
King Davids Crime Summary Solved BBA Notes

Summary

In this brief Biblical story, we find how absolute power ruins the life of people and becomes a source of tyranny. King David rules over Israel. He sends Jaob with his servant and other people to destroy Ammon and besiege Rabbah. The king stays back at Jerusalem. One day he sees a beautiful woman from the proof of his house. She taking a bath. The king gets attracted to her. He sends his messengers for that woman. When she is brought, King David gets her purified from her uncleanliness and sleeps with her for sexual intercourse. When the woman conceives and goes back to her house. She sends the message that she is with his child. The woman was the wife of one of David’s men named U-ri-ah Hittite.

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King David calls Uriah back from the battlefield and wants to know how the war prospered. He asks him to go to his house. U-ri-ah departs but instead of going to his house, sleeps at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord. When King David asks him why he did not go to his house, U-ri-ah replies how, he can go to his house to eat, drink and lie with his wife when so many people are encamped in the open field of the battle. Then David writes a letter to Joab telling him to put U-ri-ah, in the forefront of the hottest battle so that he may die. Joab assigns U-ri-ah, as per his King’s command, to a place where he knows that valiant men are.

The men of the city come out and fight with Joab and his men. Some of the people of the servants of David and U-ri-ah the Hittle die in the battle. Joab sends a messenger to King David to inform him of how the enemies prevailed against them and how U-ri-ah Hittite died.

When the wife of U-ri-ah hears the death of her husband, she is shocked and mourns for him. After some days, David brings the window to his house and makes her his wife. She then gives birth to his son. Thus, King David, having absolute power, does wrong by killing U-ri-ah and marrying his wife. This work of King David displeases God.

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Possible Questions:

a. Retell the plot of “King David’s Crime” in one paragraph.

Ans: King David rules over Israel. He sends Joab with his servant and other people to destroy Ammon and besiege Rabbah. The king stays back at Jerusalem. One day he sees a beautiful woman from the roof of his house. She is taking a bath. The king gets attracted to her. He sends his messengers for that woman. When she brought, King David gets her purified from her uncleanliness and sleeps with her for sexual intercourse. When the woman conceives and goes back to her house. She sends the message that she is with his child. The woman was the wife of one of David’s men named U-ri-ah Hittite.

King David calls Uriah back from the battlefield and wants to know how the war prospered. Then he asks him to go to his house. U-ri-ah departs but instead of going to his house, sleeps at the door of the King’s house with all the servants of his lord. When King David asks him why he did not go to his house, Uriah replies how, he can go to his house to eat, drink and lie with his wife when so many people are encamped in the open field of the battle. Then David writes a letter to Joab telling him to put Uriah, in the forefront of the hottest battle so that he may die. Joab assigns Uriah, as per his King’s command, to a place where he knows that valiant men are.

The men of the city come out and fight with Joab and his men. Some of the people of the servants of David and Uriah the Hittle die in the battle. Joab sends a messenger to King David to inform him of how the enemies prevailed against them and how Uriah Hittite died.

When the wife of Uriah hears the death of her husband, she is shocked and mourns for him. After some days, David brings the window to his house and makes her his wife. She then gives birth to his son. Thus, King David, having absolute power, does wrong by killing Uriah and marrying a hi wife. This work of King David displeases God.

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b. King David enjoyed absolute power. Basaing your answer on this brief tale, answer the following questions: Is absolute power a good thing? Why or why not?

Ans: I personally feel that absolute power is a bad thing. No ruler, however good he may be, should be vested with the unrestricted authority to use power. Ultimate power should lie with the people. One person’s control over power is bound to intoxicate him and general people are always the suffers. So, power should be shared by general people through their representatives elected through adult franchise. Absolute power always becomes a source of tyranny and other unlawful political excesses.

The present tale also makes it evident that absolute power is a bad thing. King David enjoys absolute power. No one dared to oppose him. When he saw Bath-she-ba taking bath in her home, he was blinded by her beauty. His baser instinct burst forth and though she was somebody else’s wife, he indulged in sexual intercourse with her. She could not oppose him because it could have brought her and her husband’s peril. So much so, King David resorted to killing her husband only in order to get Bath-she-ba.

Such examples of misuse of absolute power are innumerable in the history of mankind. Idi Amin enjoyed absolute power of Uganda. He lashed tyranny on his people. When have heard that he had about two hundred wives. Anyone raising head against his power was simply killed.

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