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Speculation about Bathsheba’s motives are answered by the prophet Nathan’s assessment (from God’s lips to David’s ears in a very public forum). Bathsheba was as vulnerable and innocent as a ewe lamb.

Lambs have no agency.

Nathan positioned David’s actions as a rich and powerful man using his power to take the one beloved treasure a poor man had. David instantly understood how profoundly wrong and bad his actions were, and made no attempt to share blame with Bathsheba.

And in any case, the hypothesis that Bathsheba was angling for a royal son falls apart with David sending Uriah to have sex with Bathsheba and thereby assign the unborn child’s fatherhood to Uriah. Rather, this is the story of one wrong action leading to more and more wrong actions in an attempt to distance himself from his own wrongdoing.

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