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2 Samuel 12

Nathan's parable of the ewe lamb causeth David to be his own judge.

2 Samuel 12:1 And the LORDE sent Nathan vnto Dauid. Whan he came to him, he tolde him: There were two men in one cite, the one riche, the other poore. 2 Samuel 12:2 The riche man had very many shepe and oxen: 2 Samuel 12:3 but the poore man had nothinge saue one litle shepe, which he had boughte, and norished it, so that it grewe vp with him and his children together. It ate of his bred, and dranke of his cuppe, and slepte in his lappe, and he helde it as a doughter. 2 Samuel 12:4 But whan there came a straunger vnto the riche man, he spared to take of his awne shepe & oxen (to prepare oughte for the straunger that was come vnto him) and toke the poore mans shepe, and prepared it for the man that was come vnto him. 2 Samuel 12:5 The was Dauid wroth with greate displeasure agaynst that man, and sayde vnto Nathan: As truly as the LORDE lyueth, the man that hath done this, is the childe of death. 2 Samuel 12:6 The shepe also shal he make good foure folde, because he hath done soch a thinge, and not spared it.

David, reproved by Nathan, confesseth his sin, and is pardoned.

2 Samuel 12:7 Then sayde Nathan vnto Dauid: Thou art euen the man. Thus sayeth the LORDE the God of Israel: I haue anoynted the to be kynge ouer Israel, and delyuered the out of the hande of Saul, 2 Samuel 12:8 and haue geuen the yi lordes house, and his wyues into thy lappe, and the house of Israel and Iuda haue I geuen the: and yf that be to litle, I wyl yet do this and that for the also. 2 Samuel 12:9 Wherfore hast thou then despysed the worde of the LORDE, to do soch euell in his sighte? Vrias the Hethite hast thou slayne with the swerde: His wife hast thou taken to be thy wyfe, but him hast thou slayne with ye swerde of the children of Ammon. 2 Samuel 12:10 Now therfore shal not ye swerde departe from thy house for ouer, because thou hast despysed me, and taken the wife of Vrias the Hithite, to be thy wife. 2 Samuel 12:11 Thus sayeth the LORDE: Beholde, I wyll rayse vp euell of thyne awne house, and wyll take thy wyues before thyne eyes, and wyl geue them vnto thy neghboure, so that he shall lye with thy wyues by Sonnelighte. 2 Samuel 12:12 For thou hast done it secretly, but I wyl do this in the sighte of all Israel, and by Sonne lighte. 2 Samuel 12:13 Then sayde Dauid vnto Nathan I haue synned vnto the LORDE. Nathan sayde vnto Dauid: So hath the LORDE also taken awaye thy synne, thou shalt not dye. 2 Samuel 12:14 But for so moch as thou thorow this dede hast caused the enemies of the LORDE to blaspheme, ye sonne that is borne vnto the, shall dye the death.

David mourneth and prayeth for the child, while it lived.

2 Samuel 12:15 And Nathan wente home. As for the childe which Vrias wife bare vnto Dauid, the LORDE smote it, so that it was deedsicke. 2 Samuel 12:16 And Dauid besoughte God for the childe, and fasted, and wente in, and laie all nighte vpon the earth. 2 Samuel 12:17 Then rose the Elders of his house, and wolde haue taken him vp fro the grounde: neuertheles he wolde not, nether ate he wt them. 2 Samuel 12:18 Vpon the seuenth daye ye childe dyed. And Dauids seruauntes durst not tell him that the childe was deed. For they thoughte: Beholde, whan the childe was yet alyue, we spake vnto him, and he herkened not vnto oure voyce, How moch more shall it greue him, yf we saye: The childe is deed? 2 Samuel 12:19 And Dauid sawe that his seruauntes made a whisperinge together, and perceaued that the childe was deed, and sayde vnto his seruauntes: Is the childe deed? They sayde: Yee. 2 Samuel 12:20 Then rose Dauid vp from the earth, and wasshed him selfe, and anoynted him, and put on other garmentes, & wente in to the house of the LORDE, and worshipped. And whan he came agayne, he commaunded to set bred before him, and ate. 2 Samuel 12:21 Then sayde his seruauntes vnto him: What maner of thinge is this that thou doest? Whan the childe was alyue, thou fastedst and weptest: but now that it is deed, thou stodest up and eatest? 2 Samuel 12:22 He sayde: I fasted and wepte for the childe whan it was yet a lyue, for I thoughte: Who knoweth, peraduenture the LORDE maye be gracious vnto me, that the childe maye lyue. 2 Samuel 12:23 But now that it is deed, wherfore shulde I fast? Can I fetch it agayne. I shal go vnto it, but it shall not come agayne vnto me.

Solomon is born and named Jedidiah.

2 Samuel 12:24 And whan Dauid had comforted Bethseba his wife, he wente in vnto her, and laye with her. And she bare a sonne, whom he called Salomon. And the LORDE loued him. 2 Samuel 12:25 And he put him vnder the hade of Nathan ye prophet, which called him Iedidia because of the LORDE.

David taketh Rabbah, and tortureth the people thereof.

2 Samuel 12:26 So Ioab foughte agaynst Rabba of ye children of Ammon, and wanne the kynges cite, 2 Samuel 12:27 & sent messaugers vnto Dauid, & caused to saye vnto him: I haue foughte against Rabba, and haue wonne the water cite also. 2 Samuel 12:28 Gather thou therfore the residue of the people together, and laye sege to ye cite, and wynne it, that I wynne it not, and haue the name therof. 2 Samuel 12:29 So Dauid gathered all ye people together, and wente, & foughte agaynst Rabba, and wanne it, 2 Samuel 12:30 and toke their kynges crowne fro his heade (which in weight had a talente of golde, and precious stones) and was set vpon Dauids heade, and very moch spoyle caried he out of the cite. 2 Samuel 12:31 As for the people that was therin, he broughte the forth, and layed them vnder yron sawes and hokes and wedges of yron, and burned the in tyle ouens. Thus dyd he vnto all the cities of the children of Ammon. Then returned Dauid and all the people vnto Ierusalem agayne.

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