Nathan Rebukes David
1 Then the LORD° sent° aNathan° to David°. And bhe came° to him and Isaid°,
 ILit said to him a2S 7:2, 4, 17 bPs 51: title
 ILit morsel a2S 11:3
 ILit spared
 ILit is a son of death a1S 26:16
 aEx 22:1; Lk 19:8
7 ¶ Nathan° then said° to David°, “aYou are the man°! Thus° says° the LORD° God° of Israel°, ‘bIt is I who anointed° you king° over° Israel° and it is I who delivered° you from the hand° of Saul°. 8 I also gave° you ayour master’s° house° and your master’s° wives° into your Icare°, and I gave° you the house° of Israel° and Judah°; and if° [that had been] too little°, I would have added° to you many more things like these°! 9 Why° ahave you despised° the word° of the LORD° by doing° evil° in His sight°? bYou have struck° down° Uriah° the Hittite° with the sword°, chave taken° his wife° to be your wife°, and have killed° him with the sword° of the sons° of Ammon°. 10 Now° therefore, athe sword° shall never°°° depart° from your house°, because°° you have despised° Me and have taken° the wife° of Uriah° the Hittite° to be your wife°.’ 11 Thus° says° the LORD°, ‘Behold°, I will raise° up evil° against° you from your own household°; aI will even take° your wives° before your eyes° and give° [them] to your companion°, and he will lie° with your wives° in Ibroad° daylight°°. 12 Indeed° ayou did° it secretly°, but bI will do° this° thing° before° all° Israel°, and Iunder° the sun°.’” 13 Then David° said° to Nathan°, “aI have sinned° against the LORD°.” And Nathan° said° to David°, “The LORD° also° has Ibtaken° away° your sin°; you shall not die°. 14 However°, because° by this° deed° you have agiven° occasion to the enemies° of the LORD° to blaspheme°, the child° also° that is born° to you shall surely° die°.” 15 So Nathan° went° to his house°.
Loss of a Child
¶ Then the LORD° struck° the child° that Uriah’s° Iwidow° bore° to David°, so that he was [very] sick°. 16 David° therefore inquired° of God° for the child°; and David° afasted°° and went° and blay° all night° on the ground°. 17 aThe elders° of his household° stood° beside° him in order to raise° him up from the ground°, but he was unwilling°° and would not eat° food° with them. 18 Then it happened° on the seventh° day° that the child° died°. And the servants° of David° were afraid° to tell° him that the child° was dead°, for they said°, “Behold°, while the child° was [still] alive°, we spoke° to him and he did not listen° to our voice°. How° then can we tell° him that the child° is dead°, since he might do° [himself] harm°!” 19 But when David° saw° that his servants° were whispering° together, David° perceived° that the child° was dead°; so David° said° to his servants°, “Is the child° dead°?” And they said°, “He is dead°.” 20 So David° arose° from the ground°, awashed°, anointed° [himself], and changed° his clothes°; and he came° into the house° of the LORD° and bworshiped°. Then he came° to his own house°, and when he requested°, they set° food° before him and he ate°.
 a1K 20:42 b1S 16:13
 ILit bosom a2S 9:7
 a1S 15:23, 26 b2S 11:14-17 c2S 11:27
 a2S 13:28; 18:14; 1K 2:25
 ILit the sight of this sun aDt 28:30; 2S 16:21, 22
 ILit before a2S 11:4-15 b2S 16:22
 ILit caused your sin to pass away a1S 15:24, 30; 2S 24:10; Lk 18:13 bLv 20:10; 24:17; Pv 28:13; Mi 7:18
 aIs 52:5; Ro 2:24
 ILit wife
 aNe 1:4 b2S 13:31
 aGn 24:2
 aRu 3:3; Mt 6:17 bPs 95:6-8; 103:1, 8-17; Pv 3:7
21 ¶ Then his servants° said° to him, “What° is this° thing° that you have done°? IWhile° the child° was alive°, you fasted° and wept°; but when° the child° died°, you arose° and ate° food°.” 22 He said°, “While the child° was [still] alive°, aI fasted° and wept°; for I said°, ‘bWho° knows°, the LORD° may be gracious° to me, that the child° may live°.’ 23 But now° he has died°; why° should I fast°? Can° I bring° him back° again°? aI will go° to him, but bhe will not return° to me.”
24 ¶ Then David° comforted° his wife° Bathsheba°, and went° in to her and lay° with her; and she gave° birth° to a son°, and Iahe named°° him Solomon°. Now the LORD° loved° him 25 and sent° [word] through° Nathan° the prophet°, and he named°° him IJedidiah° for the LORD’S° sake°.
26 ¶ aNow Joab° fought° against bRabbah° of the sons° of Ammon° and captured° the royal° city°. 27 Joab° sent° messengers° to David° and said°, “I have fought° against Rabbah°, I have even° captured° the city° of waters°. 28 Now° therefore, gather° the rest° of the people° together and camp° against° the city° and capture° it, or° I will capture° the city° myself° and it will be named°° after° me.” 29 So David° gathered° all° the people° and went° to Rabbah°, fought° against it and captured° it. 30 Then ahe took° the crown° of Itheir king° from his head°; and its weight° [was] a talent° of gold°, and [in it] II[was] a precious° stone°; and it was [placed] on David’s° head°. And he brought° out the spoil° of the city° in great° amounts°. 31 He also brought° out the people° who° were in it, and aset° [them] under saws°, sharp° iron° instruments°, and iron° axes°, and made them pass° through the brickkiln°. And thus° he did° to all° the cities° of the sons° of Ammon°. Then David° and all° the people° returned° [to] Jerusalem°.
 a1Ch 20:1-3 bDt 3:11
 IOr Malcam; cf Zp 1:5 IIOr were precious stones a1Ch 20:2
 a1Ch 20:3; He 11:37
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Nathan's parable of the ewe lamb causeth David to be his own judge.
1 ¶ And the LORDº sentºª² Nathanº unto² David.º And he cameºª unto² him, and saidºª unto him, There were² twoº men¹² in oneº city;º the oneº rich,º and the otherº poor.ºª 2 The richº [man] had² exceedingº manyºª flocksº and herds:º 3 But the poorºª [man] had nothing,²² save²² oneº littleº ewe lamb,º which² he had² boughtºª and nourished up:ºª and it grew upºª togetherº with² him, and with² his children;º it did eatºª of his own meat,º² and drankºª of his own cup,º² and layºª in his bosom,º and was² unto him as a daughter.º 4 And there cameºª a travellerº unto the richº man,º and he sparedºª to takeºª of his own flockº² and of his own herd,º² to dressºª for the wayfaring manºª that was comeºª unto him; but tookºª the poorºª man'sº² lamb,º and dressedºª it for the manº that was comeºª to² him. 5 And David'sº angerº was greatlyº kindledºª against the man;º and he saidºª to² Nathan,º [As] the LORDº liveth,º the manº that hath doneºª this² [thing] shall surely¹ die:º²² 6 And he shall restoreºª the lambº fourfold,º becauseº² he didºª² this² thing,º and becauseº² he had no² pity.ºª
 Jg 9:7; 2S 7:1; 11:10, 25; 14:5, 14; 24:11; 1K 13:1; 18:1; 20:35; 2K 1:3; Ps 51:1; Is 5:1; 57:17; Mt 21:33; Lk 15:11; 16:19.
 2S 3:2; 5:13; 12:8; 15:16; Jb 1:3.
 Dt 13:6; 2S 11:3; Pv 5:18; Mi 7:5.
 Gn 18:2; 2S 11:3; Jm 1:14.
 Gn 38:24; 1S 14:39; 20:31; 25:21; 26:16; Lk 6:41; 9:55; Ro 2:1.
 Ex 22:1; Pv 6:31; Lk 19:8; Jm 2:13.
David, reproved by Nathan, confesseth his sin, and is pardoned.
7 ¶ And Nathanº saidºª to² David,º Thou² [art] the man.º Thus² saithºª the LORDº Godº of Israel,º I² anointedºª thee kingº over² Israel,º and I² deliveredºª thee out of the handº² of Saul;º 8 And I gaveºª thee² thy master'sº house,º and thy master'sº wivesº into thy bosom,º and gaveºª thee² the houseº of Israelº and of Judah;º and if² [that had been] too little,º I would moreover have givenºª unto thee suchº and such² things.¹ 9 Wherefore² hast thou despisedºª² the commandmentº of the LORD,º to doºª evilº in his sight?º thou hast killedºª² Uriahº the Hittiteº with the sword,º and hast takenºª his wifeº [to be] thy wife,º and hast slainºª him with the swordº of the childrenº of Ammon.º 10 Now² therefore the swordº shall neverºº² departºª from thine house;º² becauseº² thou hast despisedºª me, and hast takenºª² the wifeº of Uriahº the Hittiteº to be² thy wife.º 11 Thus² saithºª the LORD,º Behold,² I will raise upºª evilº against² thee out of thine own house,º² and I will takeºª² thy wivesº before thine eyes,º and giveºª [them] unto thy neighbour,º and he shall lieºª with² thy wivesº in the sightº of this² sun.º 12 For² thou² didstºª [it] secretly:º but I² will doºª² this² thingº before² all² Israel,º and before² the sun.º 13 And Davidº saidºª unto² Nathan,º I have sinnedºª against the LORD.º And Nathanº saidºª unto² David,º The LORDº also² hath put awayºª thy sin;º thou shalt not² die.ºª 14 Howbeit,º because² by this² deedº thou hast given¹ª great occasionºª² to the enemiesºª of the LORDº to blaspheme,ºª the childº also² [that is] bornº unto thee shall surely¹ª die.ºª
 1S 13:13; 15:17; 16:13; 18:11, 21; 19:10; 23:7, 14, 26; 2S 7:8; 22:1, 49; 1K 18:18; 21:19; Ps 18:1; Mt 14:14.
 1S 15:19; 2S 2:4; 5:5; 7:19; 12:11; 1K 2:22; Ps 84:11; 86:15; Ro 8:32.
 Gn 9:5; Ex 20:13; Nu 15:30; 1S 15:19, 23; 2S 11:4, 14, 15; 12:10; 2Ch 33:6; Ps 51:4; 90:8; 139:1; Is 5:24; Jr 18:10; Am 2:4; He 10:28.
 Gn 20:3; Nu 11:20; 1S 2:30; 2S 13:28; 18:14, 33; 1K 2:23; Pv 6:32; Am 7:9; Mal 1:6; Mt 6:24; 26:52; Ro 2:4; 1Th 4:8.
 Dt 28:30; 2S 13:1, 28; 15:6, 10; 16:21; Ezk 14:9; 20:25; Ho 4:13.
 2S 11:4, 8, 13, 15; Ec 12:14; Lk 12:1; 1Co 4:5.
 Lv 20:10; Nu 35:31; 1S 15:20, 24, 30; 2S 24:10; 1K 13:4; 21:20; 22:8; 2K 1:9; 2Ch 16:10; 24:20; 25:16; Jb 7:20, 21; 33:27; Ps 32:1, 3; 51:4, 16; 130:3; Pv 25:12; 28:13; Is 6:5; 38:17; 43:24; 44:22; Lm 3:32; Mi 7:18; Zc 3:4; Mt 14:3, 10; Lk 15:21; Ac 2:37; 13:38; Ro 8:33; He 9:26; 1Jn 1:7, 8, 9; 2:1; Rv 1:5.
 Ne 5:9; Ps 74:10; 89:31; 94:12; Pv 3:11; Is 52:5; Ezk 36:20; Am 3:2; Mt 18:7; Ro 2:24; 1Co 11:32; He 12:6; Rv 3:19.
David mourneth and prayeth for the child, while it lived.
15 ¶ And Nathanº departed¹ª² unto² his house.º And the LORDº struckºª² the childº that² Uriah'sº wifeº bareºª unto David,º and it was very sick.ºª 16 Davidº therefore besoughtºª² Godº for² the child;º and Davidº fasted,ººª and went² in,¹ª and layºª all² nightºª upon the earth.º 17 And the eldersº of his houseº arose,ºª [and went] to² him, to raise him upºª from² the earth:º but he wouldºª not,² neither² did he eatºª breadº with² them. 18 And it came to pass² on the seventhº day,º that the childº died.ºª And the servantsº of Davidº fearedºª to tellºª him that² the childº was dead:ºª for² they said,ºª Behold,² while the childº was² yet alive,º we spakeºª unto² him, and he would not² hearkenºª unto our voice:º how² will he then¹ª vexº² himself,¹ª if we tellºª² him that the childº is dead?ºª 19 But when Davidº sawºª that² his servantsº whispered,ºª Davidº perceivedºª that² the childº was dead:ºª therefore Davidº saidºª unto² his servants,º Is the childº dead?ºª And they said,ºª He is dead.ºª 20 Then Davidº aroseºª from the earth,º² and washed,ºª and anointedºª [himself], and changedºª his apparel,º and cameºª into the houseº of the LORD,º and worshipped:ºª then he cameºª to² his own house;º and when he required,ºª they setºª breadº before him, and he did eat.ºª 21 Then saidºª his servantsº unto² him, What² thingº [is] this² that² thou hast done?ºª thou didst fastºª and weepºª for the child,º [while² it was] alive;º but when² the childº was dead,ºª thou didst riseºª and eatºª bread.º 22 And he said,ºª While the childº was yet² alive,º I fastedºª and wept:ºª for² I said,ºª Who² can tellºª [whether] GODº will be graciousºªªª to me, that the childº may live?º 23 But now² he is dead,ºª wherefore²² should I² fast?ºª canºª I bring him back² again?¹ª² I² shall goºª to² him, but he² shall not² returnºª to² me.
 Dt 32:39; 1S 25:38; 26:10; 2K 15:5; 2Ch 13:20; Ps 104:29; Ac 12:23.
 2S 12:22; 13:31; Es 4:16; Jb 20:12; Ps 50:15; 69:10; Is 22:12; 26:16; Jol 2:12; Jna 3:9; Ac 9:9.
 1S 28:23; 2S 3:35.
 Nu 20:15; 2S 12:18.
 Ru 3:3; 2S 6:17; 7:18; Jb 1:20; 2:10; Ps 39:9; Ec 9:8; Lm 3:39.
 1Co 2:15.
 Is 38:1, 5; Jol 1:14; 2:14; Am 5:15; Jna 1:6; 3:9; Jm 4:9.
 Gn 37:35; Jb 7:8; 30:23; Lk 23:43.
Solomon is born and named Jedidiah.
24 ¶ And Davidº comfortedºª² Bathshebaº his wife,º and went² in¹ª unto² her, and layºª with² her: and she bareºª a son,º and he calledºª² his nameº Solomon:º and the LORDº lovedºª him. 25 And he sentºª by the handº of Nathanº the prophet;º and he calledºª² his nameº Jedidiah,º because² of the LORD.º
 2S 7:12; 1Ch 3:5; 22:9; 28:5; 29:1; Mt 1:6.
 2S 7:4; 12:1; 1K 1:11, 23; Ne 13:26; Mt 3:17; 17:5.
David taketh Rabbah, and tortureth the people thereof.
26 ¶ And Joabº foughtºª against Rabbahº of the childrenº of Ammon,º and tookºª² the royalº city.º 27 And Joabº sentºª messengersº to² David,º and said,ºª I have foughtºª against Rabbah,º and² have takenºª² the cityº of waters.º 28 Now² therefore gatherºª² the restº of the peopleº together,¹ª and encampºª against² the city,º and takeºª it: lest² I² takeºª² the city,º and it be calledºª after² my name.º 29 And Davidº gatheredºª² all² the peopleº together,¹ª and went¹ª² to Rabbah,º and foughtºª against it, and tookºª it. 30 And he tookºª² their king'sº crownº from off²² his head,º the weightº whereof [was] a talentº of goldº with the preciousº stones:º and it was² [set] on² David'sº head.º And he brought forthºª the spoilº of the cityº in greatº abundance.ºª 31 And he brought forthºª the peopleº that² [were] therein, and putºª [them] under saws,º and under harrowsº of iron,º and under axesº of iron,º and made them pass¹ª through²² the brickkiln:º and thus² didºª he unto all² the citiesº of the childrenº of Ammon.º So Davidº and all² the peopleº returnedºª unto Jerusalem.º
 2S 11:25; 1Ch 20:1.
 Dt 3:11; 2S 11:1; Ezk 21:20.
 Jn 7:18.
 1Ch 20:2.
 2S 8:2; 1Ch 20:3; Ps 21:8; Am 1:3.
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