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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 Jehovah sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. 2 Samuel 12:2 The rich had very many flocks and herds; 2 Samuel 12:3 but the poor man had nothing at all, but one little ewe lamb which he had bought, and was nourishing; and it grew up with him, and together with his children: it ate of his morsel, and drank of his own cup, and slept in his bosom, and was to him as a daughter. 2 Samuel 12:4 And there came a traveller to the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that had come to him; and he took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that had come to him. 2 Samuel 12:5 Then David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As Jehovah liveth, the man that hath done this thing is worthy of death; 2 Samuel 12:6 and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

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

2 Samuel 12:7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man! Thus saith Jehovah the God of Israel: I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 2 Samuel 12:8 and I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if [that] had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. 2 Samuel 12:9 Wherefore hast thou despised the word of Jehovah to do evil in his sight? thou hast smitten Urijah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. 2 Samuel 12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thy house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Urijah the Hittite to be thy wife. 2 Samuel 12:11 Thus saith Jehovah: Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. 2 Samuel 12:12 For thou didst [it] secretly; but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun. 2 Samuel 12:13 And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against Jehovah. And Nathan said to David, Jehovah has also put away thy sin: thou shalt not die. 2 Samuel 12:14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of Jehovah to blaspheme, even the child that is born to thee shall certainly die.

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

2 Samuel 12:15 And Nathan departed to his house. And Jehovah smote the child that Urijah's wife bore to David, and it became very sick. 2 Samuel 12:16 And David besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night on the earth. 2 Samuel 12:17 And the elders of his house arose, [and went] to him, to raise him up from the earth; but he would not, and he ate no bread with them. 2 Samuel 12:18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead; for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he would not hearken to our voice; and how shall we say to him, The child is dead? he may do some harm. 2 Samuel 12:19 But David saw that his servants whispered, and David perceived that the child was dead; and David said to his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. 2 Samuel 12:20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his clothing, and entered into the house of Jehovah and worshipped; then he came to his own house and required them to set bread before him, and he ate. 2 Samuel 12:21 And his servants said to him, What thing is this which thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child alive; but as soon as the child is dead, thou dost rise and eat bread. 2 Samuel 12:22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept; for I thought, Who knows? [perhaps] Jehovah will be gracious to me, that the child may live. 2 Samuel 12:23 But now he is dead, why should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.

Solomon is born and named Jedidiah.

2 Samuel 12:24 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her and lay with her; and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon; and Jehovah loved him. 2 Samuel 12:25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, for Jehovah's sake.

David taketh Rabbah, and tortureth the people thereof.

2 Samuel 12:26 And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and took the royal city. 2 Samuel 12:27 And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought against Rabbah, and have taken the city of waters. 2 Samuel 12:28 And now gather the rest of the people, and encamp against the city and take it: lest I take the city and it be called by my name. 2 Samuel 12:29 And David gathered all the people, and went to Rabbah, and fought against it and took it. 2 Samuel 12:30 And he took the crown of their king from off his head, the weight of which was a talent of gold with [the] precious stones; and it was [set] on David's head; and he brought forth the spoil of the city in great abundance. 2 Samuel 12:31 And he brought out the people that were in it, and put them under the saw, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and made them pass through the brickkilns. And so did he to all the cities of the children of Ammon. And David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.

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