Bathsheba’s Secret

Bathsheba's Secret

Have you ever had a secret? Was it one of those that made you feel guilty? Or one that made you feel dirty for knowing it?

Was it a secret that you were excited about? Bathsheba was a woman who knew a great secret.

Bathsheba's Secret

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When we first meet her, she’s naked in a bath unaware that King David is looking at her and lusting. Bathsheba is best known as the woman that David had an adulterous relationship with. She’s the mother of Solomon and an ancestor of Jesus.

But Bathsheba knew a great secret. She was also the woman who wrote the famous Proverbs 31 verses: “Who can know a virtuous woman?”

If you’re like me, you have tortured yourself with the image of the Proverbs 31 woman a time or two. She’s so perfect! How can anyone ever hope to be her?

As I studied Bathsheba’s story while writing Through God’s Eyes: Biblical Lessons on Marriage for Women, I realized a great truth:

Bathsheba- adulteress, mother of a bastard child, widow of a murdered husband, is the author of Proverbs 31. She, the woman for whom a great warrior was killed, was the author of those verses.

I’ll tell you something about people who write: it’s very hard to write something that you don’t believe in. I feel certain that at the time she wrote the verses, Bathsheba believed herself to be a virtuous woman.

Somehow, she had shucked off her identity as an adulteress and put on a new one as “Woman of Virtue”. I sure would like to know her great secret, wouldn’t you?

The Proverbs 31 Woman is You

How do you think Bathsheba became a virtuous woman? Share with us in the comments below.

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2 thoughts on “Bathsheba’s Secret”

  1. Where did you find that Bathsheba wrote Proverbs 31? Verse 1 says, ” The words of King Lemuel, the words which his mother uttered.” I can’t find anywhere that says King Lemuel is King Solomon. Can you point me to a good source for this?

    1. Thank you for your question, Megan. A few years ago, I was doing some research on Bathsheba and read a lot of commentaries, here’s the link to those commentaries:

      As is sometimes the case with commentators, there are differing opinions but if you read through the entire section, you’ll note that a number of them refer to the belief held by Jewish and Christian writers that Lemuel is a nickname or other designation for King Solomon. In Proverbs 1:1, Solomon is identified as the author of this book.

      It was based on those two things that I wrote the post from the viewpoint that Bathsheba was the author of the Proverbs 31 woman (or at least, the woman who taught her son that ideology).

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