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Only four chapters later, someone other than Yhwh will also refuse an offer from David to take up residence in a house. Israel is at war when Bathsheba's husband, Uriah the Hittite, is called back from the front by the king in an effort to cover up his adultery with the now pregnant Bathsheba. But Uriah will not sleep with his own wife. He reminds the king of Israel that "the ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in booths; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are camping on the face of the field; and I, shall I go into my house to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing" (2 Sam 11:11). The passage casts a dark shadow back upon the earlier promise of a stable House. Everyone else has rallied to the field to meet the enemy-only David dwells in a house: "At the turn of the year, the time when Icings go campaigning, David sent Joab and with him his own guards and the whole of Israel. They massacred the Ammonites and laid siege to Rabbah. David however remained in Jerusalem" Sam 11:1). And it is while he stays in that house that he commits adultery and subsequently orders the murder of Uriah, thereby, among other things, undoing that promise ofpermanence and stability to his House: