Wife of Urias the Hethite, and afterwards wife of David and mother of Solomon (2 Kings 11). At the height of his glory David committed adultery with Bethsabee; had her husband placed in the thick of battle so that he might be killed; and then married her. In David's old age she prevailed upon him to have her son Solomon crowned king in place of his older brother Adonias (3 Kings 1), who had proclaimed himself king without the knowledge of David. Solomon on his accession pardoned Adonias; soon after, however, the latter instigated another conspiracy and was put to death. Two genealogies of Our Lord include two sons of Bethsabee, Solomon (Matthew 1) and Nathan (Luke 3).

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