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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. And he came vnto him and tolde hym: there were two men in one cytie, the one ryche, and the other poore. 2 Samuel 12:2 The ryche man had excedynge many shepe and oxen. 2 Samuel 12:3 But the poore had nothynge saue one lytle shepe, whych he had bought, and noryshhed vp. And it grewe vp wyth hym and wyth hys chyldren also, and dyd eate of hys awne meate, and drancke of hys awne cuppe, and slept in hys bosome, and was vnto hym as hys daughter. 2 Samuel 12:4 And there cam a straunger vnto the ryche man. And he coulde not fynde in hys heart to take of hys awne shepe, and of hys awne oxen, to dresse for the straunger that was come vnto hym. But toke the poore mannes shepe, and dressed it for þe man that was come to him: 2 Samuel 12:5 And Dauid was excedyng wroth wt the man, and sayde to Nathan: as surely as the Lorde lyueth, the man that hath done this thyng is the chylde of deeth. 2 Samuel 12:6 He shall restore the lambe twyse foure folde, because he dyd thys thynge, and had no pitye.

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

2 Samuel 12:7 And Nathan sayth to Dauid: thou art the man. Thus sayth the Lorde God of Israel, I anoynted the kynge ouer Israel, and rydde the out of the hande of Saul, 2 Samuel 12:8 I gaue the thy masters house, and thy masters wyues into thy bosome, and gaue the, the house of Israel and of Iuda, & might (yf that had bene to lytle) haue geuen the so moche moare. 2 Samuel 12:9 Wherfore then hast thou despised the commaundement of the Lorde, to do wyckednesse in hys syght? thou hast kylde Urias the Hethite with the swerde, and hast taken his wife to thy wyfe, & hast slayne hym with the swerde of the chyldren of Ammon. 2 Samuel 12:10 Nowe therfore, the swerde shall neuer depart from thyne house, because thou hast despysed me, and taken the wyfe of Urias the Hethite, to be thy wife. 2 Samuel 12:11 Wherfore thus sayth the Lorde: beholde, I wyll stere vp euell agaynst the, euen out of thyne awne house, & wyll take thy wyues before thyne eyes, and geue them vnto thy neyghboure, and he shall lye wyth thy wyues in the syght of the sonne. 2 Samuel 12:12 For thou dydest it secretly, But I wyll do thys thynge before all Israel, and in the open sonne lygth. 2 Samuel 12:13 And Dauid sayde vnto Nathan I haue synned agaynst the Lorde. And Nathan sayd vnto Dauid: the Lorde also hath put awaye thy synne, thou shalt not dye. 2 Samuel 12:14 Howbeit, because in doyng thys deade, thou hast geuen the enemyes of the Lord a cause to rayle, the chylde that is borne vnto the, shall surelye dye.

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

2 Samuel 12:15 And Nathan departed vnto hys house. And the Lorde stroke the chylde that Urias wyfe bare vnto Dauid, and it sickened sore. 2 Samuel 12:16 Dauid therfore besought God for þe chylde, and fasted and went in, and laye all nyght vpon the erthe. 2 Samuel 12:17 And the elders of hys house arose and went to hym, to take him vp from þe erth. But he wolde not, nether dyd he eate meat wyth them. 2 Samuel 12:18 And it happened the seuenth daye, that þe chylde dyed. And the seruauntes of Dauid durst not tell him, that the chylde was deed. For they sayd: beholde, while the chyld was yet alyue, we spake vnto hym, and he wolde not herken vnto oure voyce. Howe wyll he then vexe hym selfe, yf we tell hym, that the chylde is deed? 2 Samuel 12:19 But Dauid seynge hys seruauntes whysperynge, perceaued, that the chylde was deed, & Dauid sayd vnto hys seruauntes: is the chylde deed? They sayde: yee. 2 Samuel 12:20 And Dauid arose from the erth, and washed and anoynted him selfe, and chaunged his apparell, & came into the house of the Lorde, & worshypped, & afterward cam to hys awne house and badd þt they shulde set bred before hym, and he dyd eate. 2 Samuel 12:21 Then sayd his seruauntes vnto hym: what thynge is thys, that thou hast done? Thou dyddest faste and wepe for the chylde, whyle it was a lyue, & as sone as it was deed, thou diddest ryse vp, and eate meate. 2 Samuel 12:22 He sayde: whyle the chylde was yet a lyue, I fasted and wepte. For this I thought: who can tell whether God wyll haue mercye on me, that the chylde maye lyue. 2 Samuel 12:23 But nowe, seynge it is deed, wherfore shulde I fast? can I brynge him agayne any moare? I shall go to hym, rather then he shall come agayne to me.

Solomon is born and named Jedidiah.

2 Samuel 12:24 And Dauid conforted Bethsabe his wyfe, and went in vnto her, and laye wyth her, and she bare a sonne, and called his name Salomon, and the Lorde loued hym. 2 Samuel 12:25 And he sent by the hande of Nathan the prophete, and called his name Iedidia, of the Lordes behalfe.

David taketh Rabbah, and tortureth the people thereof.

2 Samuel 12:26 Ioab fought agaynst Raba the cytie of the chyldren of Ammon, and toke the cyty of the kyngdome. 2 Samuel 12:27 And Ioab sent messengers to Dauid, sayeng: I haue made assawt to Raba, and haue taken the cytie wyth waters. 2 Samuel 12:28 Nowe therfore geather þe rest of the people together, and besege the cytie, that thou mayest take it: lest I take it, and call it after my name. 2 Samuel 12:29 And Dauid geathered all þe people together, and went agaynst Raba, & beseged it, and gatt it. 2 Samuel 12:30 And he toke theyr kynges croune from of hys heed, which wayed an hundred wayght of golde, and in it were precyous stones. And it was set on Dauids heed. And he brought out the spoyle of the cytie in excedynge great aboundance. 2 Samuel 12:31 And he caryed out the people that was therin, and put them vpon sawes and vpon yron harowes, and vpon axes of yron, & thrust them into the tylekell. Thus dyd he with all the cyties of the children of Ammon. And so Dauid and all the people returned vnto Ierusalem.

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