Abrahamic / Middle Eastern Christianity Bathsheba, Mother of Solomon, Wife of King David Meet the mother of Israel's wisest king and ancestor of Jesus Christ Share Flipboard Email Print Bathsheba receiving letter from David, by Willem Drost (1630-1680). DEA / G. DAGLI ORTI / Getty Images Christianity The Old Testament Christianity Origins The Bible The New Testament Practical Tools for Christians Christian Life For Teens Christian Prayers Weddings Inspirational Bible Devotions Denominations of Christianity Funerals and Memorial Services Christian Holidays Christian Entertainment Key Terms in Christianity Catholicism Latter Day Saints View More By Jack Zavada Christianity Expert M.A., English Composition, Illinois State University B.S., English Literature, Illinois State University Jack Zavada is a writer who covers the Bible, theology, and other Christianity topics. He is the author "Hope for Hurting Singles: A Christian Guide to Overcoming Life's Challenges." our editorial process Jack Zavada Updated June 25, 2019 The relationship between Bathsheba and King David did not begin well. Despite being wronged and mistreated by him, Bathsheba later became David's loyal wife and protective mother of King Solomon, the wisest ruler of Israel. Question for Reflection Through Bathsheba’s story, we discover that God can bring good out of the ashes of sin. Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, was born into this world through the bloodline of Bathsheba and King David. When we turn to God, he forgives sin. Even in the worst possible situations, God is able to bring about a good outcome. Do you feel caught in a web of sin? Keep your eyes on God and he will redeem your situation. Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah the Hittite, a warrior in King David's army. One day while Uriah was away at war, King David was walking on his rooftop and saw the beautiful Bathsheba taking her evening bath. David summoned Bathsheba and forced her to commit adultery with him. When she became pregnant, David tried to trick Uriah into sleeping with her so it would look like the child was Uriah's. But Uriah, who considered himself still on active duty, refused to go home. At that point, David devised a plot to have Uriah murdered. He ordered Uriah to be sent to the front lines of battle and abandoned by his fellow soldiers. Thus, Uriah was killed by the enemy. After Bathsheba finished mourning Uriah, David took her for his wife. But David's actions displeased God, and the baby born to Bathsheba died. Bathsheba bore David other sons, most notably Solomon. God so loved Solomon that Nathan the prophet called him Jedidiah, which means "beloved of Jehovah." Bathsheba was with David at his death. The name Bathsheba (pronounced bath-SHEE-buh) means “daughter of the oath,” “daughter of abundance,” or “seven.” Bathsheba's Accomplishments Bathsheba was a faithful wife to David. She became influential in the royal palace. She was especially loyal to her son Solomon, making sure he followed David as king, even though Solomon was not David's firstborn son. Bathsheba is one of only five women listed in the ancestry of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:6). Strengths Bathsheba was wise and protective. She used her position to ensure both her and Solomon's safety when Adonijah tried to steal the throne. Life Lessons Women had few rights in ancient times. When King David summoned Bathsheba, she had no choice but to go to him. After David had her husband murdered, she had no choice when David took her for his wife. Despite being mistreated, she learned to love David and saw a promising future for Solomon. Often circumstances seem stacked against us, but if we keep our faith in God, we can find meaning in life. God makes sense when nothing else does. Hometown Bathsheba was from Jerusalem. Referenced in the Bible Bathsheba's story is found in 2 Samuel 11:1-3, 12:24; 1 Kings 1:11-31, 2:13-19; 1 Chronicles 3:5; and Psalm 51:1. Occupation Bathsheba was queen, wife, mother, and wise counselor of her son Solomon. Family Tree Father - EliamHusbands - Uriah the Hittite, and King David.Sons - An unnamed son, Solomon, Shammua, Shobab, and Nathan. Key Verses 2 Samuel 11:2-4One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, "She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite." Then David sent messengers to get her. (NIV) 2 Samuel 11:26-27When Uriah's wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the LORD. (NIV) 2 Samuel 12:24Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The LORD loved him; (NIV) Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Zavada, Jack. "Bathsheba, Mother of Solomon, Wife of King David." Learn Religions, Mar. 4, 2021, learnreligions.com/bathsheba-wife-of-king-david-701149. Zavada, Jack. (2021, March 4). Bathsheba, Mother of Solomon, Wife of King David. Retrieved from https://www.learnreligions.com/bathsheba-wife-of-king-david-701149 Zavada, Jack. "Bathsheba, Mother of Solomon, Wife of King David." Learn Religions. https://www.learnreligions.com/bathsheba-wife-of-king-david-701149 (accessed April 11, 2021). copy citation Watch Now: Who Is King David in the Bible?