New Defender's Study Bible Notes
11:1 besieged Rabbah. Rabbah was the capital of the Ammonite kingdom.
11:2 saw a woman. The fact that Uriah’s house was adjacent to the king’s house would indicate that Uriah himself was quite prominent in Israel. In fact, he was one of David’s “mighty men” (II Samuel 23:39). The further fact that his beautiful wife, Bathsheba, must certainly have known that she could be seen bathing from the king’s roof may suggest that she had ambitions to acquire an even more prominent husband than Uriah. There is no intimation that she demurred when David invited her to visit him.
11:6 Uriah the Hittite. As a Hittite who had risen high in the ranks in David’s army, one infers that he was originally a mercenary who had been converted from the pagan Hittite religion to the worship of Jehovah. The name “Uriah” means “Light of the Lord.”
11:21 Who smote Abimelech. The reference here is to the death of Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal, or Gideon (Judges 9:52-54).
11:27 the mourning was past. There was an official period of formal mourning, probably seven days. David wanted to marry Bathsheba as quickly as possible, so that the coming child would not so obviously be the product of adultery.