2 Samuel 12
Nathan's parable of the ewe lamb causeth David to be his own judge.
2 Samuel 12:1 So then Yahweh sent Nathan the prophet unto David,who therefore came unto him and said to himTwo men, there were in a certain city, the one, rich, and, the other, poor. 2 Samuel 12:2 The, rich, man had flocks and herds exceeding many; 2 Samuel 12:3 whereas the, poor, man had, nothing,save one little lamb, which he had made his own, and sustained, and it had grown up with him and with his children, all together,of his own morsel, used it to eat, and, out of his own cup, used it to drink, and, in his own bosom, used it to lie, and it was to him, as a daughter. 2 Samuel 12:4 Now there came a traveller to the rich man, but he thought it a pity to take of his own flock, or his own herd, to make ready for the wayfarer who had come to him,so he took the lamb of his poor neighbour, and made ready for the man who had come to him. 2 Samuel 12:5 Then was kindled the anger of David against the man, fiercely,and he said unto Nathan, By the life of Yahweh, doomed to death, is the man that hath done this; 2 Samuel 12:6 and, the lamb, shall he pay back sevenfold,because he did this thing, and, for that he had no pity.
David, reproved by Nathan, confesseth his sin, and is pardoned.
2 Samuel 12:7 Then said Nathan unto David: Thou, art the man! Thus, saith Yahweh, God of IsraelI, anointed thee to be king over Israel, and, I, delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 2 Samuel 12:8 and gave unto thee the household of thy lord, and the wives of thy lord, into thy bosom, and gave unto thee the house of Israel and Judah. And, if this had been too little, I could have further given thee more and more of such things. 2 Samuel 12:9 Wherefore, hast thou despised the word of Yahweh, by doing that which is wicked in mine eyes? Uriah the Hittite, hast thou smitten with the sword, and, his wife, hast thou taken to thyself to wife, yea, him, hast thou slain with the sword of the sons of Ammon! 2 Samuel 12:10 Now, therefore, the sword shall not depart from thy house, unto age-abiding times,because thou hast despised me, and taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. 2 Samuel 12:11 Thus, saith Yahweh,Behold me! raising up over thee calamity out of thine own household, and I will take thy wives, before thine eyes, and give unto thy neighbour, and he will lie with thy wives, in the eyes of this sun. 2 Samuel 12:12 For, thou, didst it, in secret,but, I, will do this thing, before all Israel, and before the sun. 2 Samuel 12:13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against Yahweh. Then said Nathan unto David,Yahweh also, hath put away thy sin, thou shalt not die! 2 Samuel 12:14 Nevertheless, because thou hast greatly blasphemed Yahweh, by this thing, the very son that is born to thee, shall, die.
David mourneth and prayeth for the child, while it lived.
2 Samuel 12:15 And Nathan departed unto his own house,and Yahweh struck the child that the wife of Uriah had borne unto David, and it fell sick. 2 Samuel 12:16 David therefore earnestly sought God in behalf of the boy,and David kept a fast, and used to go in and pass the night, and lie upon the ground. 2 Samuel 12:17 And the elders of his house stood up over him, to raise him from the ground,but he would not, neither would he eat food with them. 2 Samuel 12:18 And it came to pass, on the seventh day, that the child died,but the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead, for said theyLo! while the child was living, we spake unto him, and he hearkened not unto our voice, how then can we say unto him, The child is dead, and so he do [himself] harm? 2 Samuel 12:19 But, when David saw that his servants were whispering among themselves, then understood David that the child was dead,and David said unto his servantsIs the child, dead? And they answeredDead! 2 Samuel 12:20 Then David arose from the ground, and bathed and anointed, and changed his apparel, and, entering into the house of Yahweh, bowed himself down,then came he into his own house, and asked, and they set before him food, and he did eat. 2 Samuel 12:21 Then said his servants unto him, What is this thing that thou hast done? For the child's sake, while living, thou didst fast and weep, but, as soon as the child was dead, thou didst arise and eat food. 2 Samuel 12:22 And he said,While yet the child lived, I fasted, and wept,for I saidWho knoweth whether Yahweh may not grant me favour, and the child live? 2 Samuel 12:23 But, now, that he is dead, wherefore should I go on fasting? can I bring him back again? I am going unto him, but, he, will not come back unto me.
Solomon is born and named Jedidiah.
2 Samuel 12:24 And David consoled Bath-sheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her,and she bare a son, and called his name, Solomon, and Yahweh loved him. 2 Samuel 12:25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet, and called his name Jedidiah [=Beloved of Yah], for Yahweh's sake.
David taketh Rabbah, and tortureth the people thereof.
2 Samuel 12:26 And Joab fought against Rabbah, of the sons of Ammon,and captured the royal city. 2 Samuel 12:27 Then Joab sent messengers unto David,and saidI have fought against Rabbah, I have also captured the city of the waters. 2 Samuel 12:28 Now, therefore, gather thou together the rest of the people, and encamp against the city, and capture it,lest, I, capture the city, and it be called by my name. 2 Samuel 12:29 So David gathered together all the people, and went to Rabbah,and fought against it, and captured it. 2 Samuel 12:30 Then took he the crown of Milcom from off his head, the weight thereof, being a talent of gold, with the precious stones, and it remained on the head of David,the spoil of the city also, brought he forth in great abundance; 2 Samuel 12:31 the people also that were therein, brought he forth, and put them to the saw, and to threshing sledges of iron, and to axes of iron, and made them pass through the brickkiln, and thus used he to do unto all the cities of the sons of Ammon. And David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem.