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David's Mighty Men of War - Uriah The Hittite

Updated on August 1, 2011
The Death Of Uriah The Hittite by Bernardino Luini
The Death Of Uriah The Hittite by Bernardino Luini

King David was the second king of Israel. He is well known for fighting the giant, Goliath, and for siring Solomon, the king known for his great wisdom. During his time as king, and even before that, David was protected and served by men who believed that it was their righteous duty to follow him. These mighty men, as they were so called, were skilled in battle and loyal to their king. They would risk their very lives in the blink of an eye for their anointed king.

Uriah the Hittite was one of David's mighty men. It is interesting to note that Uriah was not an Israelite. He was of the Hittites, one of the peoples who were Israel's enemies. They were listed with the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Ammonites, the Moabites and many more as enemies of Israel. The Hittites were first mentioned in Genesis Chapter 15, when God promised that the land of the Hittites would be given to Abraham's seed. It is also interesting to note, that for a long while archeologists doubted the existence of the Hittite people, as the only record of them was found in the Bible. Today, there are many artifacts found that prove these people did indeed exist.

So here was Uriah, a man in David's army, loyal to the king as any Israelite could be, only he was not an Israelite. Uriah's wife was Bathsheba. She was the daughter of Eliam who was listed among David's strongest warriors. Eliam's father was Ahithophel the Gilonite, the great Counsellor of David, who betrayed him and conspired against him with his son, Absalom. Gilonites were Hittites who had settled in Gilon and so Bathsheba was also a Hittite.

Not much is known about Uriah and the great feats he did as a member of David's army. His name translated means 'God is light'. He did, however, willingly stay by the king's side, vowing to protect him. When David instructed him to go home and rest he insisted that it would be wrong for him to seek pleasure while the rest of the army remained vigilant. He though it to be a wicked thing if he deserted the king in order to feel comfortable. Honor meant a lot to him and his honor was wrapped up in his loyalty. He also faced the enemy and went calmly to be slaughtered at the front lines where David had instructed he be placed. In doing the right thing and serving his king unselfishly, Uriah's name was not only mocked but his life was taken. For this alone, I think he deserved to be on that list of brave men. For he served the king with his last breath while the king coveted and stole what belonged to him.

It is not known whether Uriah ever found out about Bathsheba's betrayal with King David. All is known is that he died as a result of that betrayal. David repented wholeheartedly when his sin was pointed out to him but Uriah could not be brought to life again and what was done could not be undone. He did what was right and took Bathsheba as his wife. As a punishment, the Lord took their first son away from them.

The tragedy of Uriah and what happened to him could convince people that practicing righteousness can be a dangerous thing. But things like this happen to both the righteous and the wicked everyday. At the end of it all, Uriah was able to stand before God with clean hands. He had done all that he could for his anointed king. He had served him wholeheartedly and proven himself to be mighty.

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    • North Wind profile imageAUTHOR

      North Wind 

      4 years ago from The World (for now)

      I think that he was obedient to the king who was anointed by God and was submissive. I would like to think that God will have a special place for him but I think that that place will be there for him if he served King David because God anointed him and not just because he was king.

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      newbookz 

      4 years ago

      what will become of Uriah in the day of judgement? He was it seems more honorable than David, will God have a special place for him?

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      North Wind 

      5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi lambservant,

      Uriah's story is one of those that causes people to ponder. His loyalty was admirable and yet he died because of it. I did find it interesting that Bathsheba's grandfather betrayed David.

      The lives of those in the Bible are truly interesting and intriguing.

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      Lori Colbo 

      5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I never noticed that Uriah was hittite. Isn't it interesting that he was a faithful to the end warrior for David and the army of Israel, and David betrayed him and had him killed for a tryste with his wife. And then Bathsheba's father, and Israelite and mighty warrior in David's army who betrayed him. Great hub, it was most interesting.

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      North Wind 

      6 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hello Seek-n-Find,

      There is a lot that we can learn from the life of David. Indeed, the lives of all of those mentioned in the Bible. Thank you for reading!

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      Jenna Ditsch 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      Thank you for sharing--King David keeps coming up for me again and again. So much to learn through his life!

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      North Wind 

      6 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thank you, ikechiawazie.

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      Ikechi Awazie 

      6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Nice and refreshing

    • North Wind profile imageAUTHOR

      North Wind 

      6 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thank you, Caleb DRC,

      Sometimes I ask myself, 'Where are all the men of God?'. It does get a bit frustrating when all the males you know act like mice. These men in that time faced their fears head on.

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      Caleb DRC 

      6 years ago

      Another great job, North Wind. Courage seemed to be more ubiquitous and generally more powerful in men then, than now.

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      North Wind 

      7 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thank you for reading and commenting Binaya.Ghimire!

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      Binaya.Ghimire 

      7 years ago

      You have retold the story that I have reading and listening since I was a child. Thank you for reminding me.

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