Pray that ye enter not into temptation

2 Samuel 11:1-3, 6-10, 12-17, 26, 27

We now come to that mournful occurrence in Davids life, which changed his whole career from prosperity to sorrow.

2 Samuel 11:1

Perhaps he had begun to indulge himself in ease, and therefore left the battles of his country to be fought by others. If so, we are hereby taught that indolence is the nurse of vice.

2 Samuel 11:1

Did he not rise from his bed till so late in the day? Had he grown self-indulgent? If so, who wonders that he fell?

2 Samuel 11:3

David at once sent for her and took her to himself, thus committing the grossest sin. Alas! Alas! how were the mighty fallen! In a short time David found that his sin would be discovered, and therefore he sent for Uriah to come home, that his shameful conduct might be concealed.

2 Samuel 11:10

To this, Uriah answered that he would not go home to sleep at ease while the ark and his fellow-soldiers were in tents, or encamped in the open field. Here we find a common soldier austere and self-denying, while the renowned psalmist had become luxurious and wanton.

2 Samuel 11:12, 13

What wickedness was this on David’s part to lead honest Uriah into drunkenness! One sin draws on another as links of a chain. With all his cunning, David did not succeed in concealing his crime, and therefore, he went further still, and became guilty of murder to screen himself. “How art thou fallen from heaven, thou beautiful star of the morning!” “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”

2 Samuel 11:17

The man after God’s own heart had fallen so low as to be both an adulterer and a murderer! Other princes in those days did such things commonly, and their people dared not complain, but this was a chosen servant of God, and in him it was foul iniquity.

2 Samuel 11:26, 27

Though the sinner may have dreamed that he had cleverly hidden his crime, this last sentence was the death knell of his security. If our conduct displeases the Lord, nothing is well with us.


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