The story of David and Bathsheba is one of the most enduring and insightful stories of the Bible. Perhaps one of the reasons is its moral complexity — a complexity unappreciated in part because most of us misunderstand what the Bible says about lust. And the text of 2 Samuel chapter 11 definitely describes David’s feelings for Bathsheba as lustful.
The question before us is whether David’s lust constituted a violation of the tenth commandment, the most oft-cited biblical admonition against lust(Exodus 20:17 and its counterpart in Deuteronomy 5:21).
In next month’s SHLC Newsletter, my column (“As It is Written”) deals with the common misperception that lust (especially that of a man for a woman) is sinful. It is not and next month’s column presents the case that lust does not figure in the calculus of David’s sins.
Now, go and study,