General LDS Information
Basic LDS Beliefs
LDS Videos
Critics' Questions
Submitted Questions
Scriptures/LDS Literature
LDS Temples
Music and Arts
LDS Online Stores
Priesthood, Humor, Miscel.
Site Map

Suggest a Site
Now accepting banner ads!

LEAH - Why was King David not put to death,because he represented the laws of the land and to keep evil out of the land why was he not put to death? Others who commited murder or other crimes were put to death just wondered why King David was not?

JOEL - Here are the scriptures that describe the death of Uriah:

"And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
"And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
"And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.
"And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also." (2 Samuel 11)

First of all David did not rule in a democracy with an elected president and congress and senate like we do now; he was king and therefore was the law. What ever he did or said was either law or was above the law and therefore would probably never be civilly punished for anything he did that was wrong.

Secondly, King David did not directly cause the death of Uriah by his own hands; he just put him in a situation where he most likely would be killed in battle. Uriah might just have easily survived rather than be killed. At best there was only circumstantial evidence that David might be responsible for Uriah's death. The only other person who knew about David's intentions was Joab. So even if David could be made subject to the penalties associated with disobeying the laws of the land there really wasn't enough evidence to convict him.

Morally it was of course very wrong and David would suffer spiritually and emotionally for it for the rest of his life(Psalms 51) and would be punished by God in hell for his act, although God promised to not leave him in hell.(Ps. 86:13).

Return to top
Return to Questions