The Jewish woman with whom King David committed adultery and then married. Later she became the mother of Solomon, Israel’s wisest King, and through that family line Jesus would be born.

Her story is told in 2 Samuel 11, 12 and 1 Kings 1, 2. She lived about 1000 BC.

Lesson from her life. * Bathsheba was bathing where she could be seen and this resulted in a series of sinful acts by several people (2 Sam 11:3). We can’t anticipate the rapid escalation and compounding effects of our actions nor the ultimate outcomes so we should always act with integrity even when we think no one is observing us. We must be alert so as not to cause another person to sin (Rom 14:21; 1 Cor 8:13, 10:32). Satan is always on the lookout for when he can gain the advantage over us and set in place a chain of events that will discredit us and God (2 Cor 6:3; Eph 4:27; 1 Pet 5:8). As the sexual realm is one of the key areas of temptation he uses to attack specific, rigid boundaries need to be set in place and maintained at all times.

See also: adultery, boundaries, consequences, David, integrity, Solomon.