II Samuel 11:18; 23-24
“Joab sent someone to report to David all the details of the battle…”
“Then the messenger left. When he arrived, he reported to David all that Joab had sent him to tell. The messenger reported to David, “The men gained the advantage over us and came out against us in the field, we counterattacked right up to the entrance of the gate. However, the archers shot down from the top of the wall, and some of the king’s soldiers died. Your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead.””
Joab did just as the king had commanded. Note David’s response….
II Samuel 11:25
“David told the messenger, “Say this to Joab: ‘Don’t let this upset you; the sword devours one as well as another. Press the attack against the city and destroy it.’ Say this to encourage Joab.””
Wow. David’s lying and deception continues. He is cold and calculating and at least temporarily, he senses personal victory.
Later in his life, (not now), King David would write Psalm 5:
“The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord, detest.”
For now, King David seems blind to his own arrogance.