In psalm 3 (you may be seeing a pattern in my posts) David is dealing with the fallout of the Bathsheeba incident. I remember speaking with some Jews on the Ask Moses site about Davids sin and repentance, their reaction was that David was perfect and we misunderstand! Anyway, Nathan confronted David but we also have the whole story recorded in 2 Samuel. The adultery, the honesty and godliness of Uriah the Hittite and the treacherous way David covered up by arranging his death. Is it going too far to say that Israel knew what was going on? The taunts are barbs that drive home David's culpability surely. I don't know how word spread in the OT but we have the Sun here that deals in a lot of gossip and you have the National Enquirer in the US. Am I wrong in assuming that David's sin was public knowledge? It is after all recorded in scripture "warts and all" as Cromwell would say. I had not really thought about it but once everyone knows you are tarnished. The reason you get damages for libel and defamation is because of the damage done to your reputation. Gagging orders have the function of preventing things becoming public knowledge. Did David prevent the story going public until after his death - I don't think so. He was writing psalms about the whole experience for crying out loud! OK singing out loud Was the Uriah/Bathsheeba incident an open secret?