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2 Samuel 12 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:1 - Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to him: “There were two men in one city, one rich and the other poor.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:2 - “The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:3 - “But the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and nourished; and it grew up together with him and with his children. It ate of his own food and drank from his own cup and lay in his bosom; and it was like a daughter to him.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:4 - “And a traveler came to the rich man, who refused to take from his own flock and from his own herd to prepare one for the wayfaring man who had come to him; but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:5 - So David’s anger was greatly aroused against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this shall surely die!

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:6 - “And he shall restore fourfold for the lamb, because he did this thing and because he had no pity.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:7 - Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:8 - ‘I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more!

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:9 - ‘Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:10 - ‘Now therefore, the 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.’

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:11 - “Thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:12 - ‘For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun.’ ”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:13 - So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:14 - “However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:15 - Then Nathan departed to his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and it became ill.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:16 - David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:17 - So the elders of his house arose and went to him, to raise him up from the ground. But he would not, nor did he eat food with them.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:18 - Then on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead. For they said, “Indeed, while the child was alive, we spoke to him, and he would not heed our voice. How can we tell him that the child is dead? He may do some harm!”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:19 - When David saw that his servants were whispering, David perceived that the child was dead. Therefore David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” And they said, “He is dead.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:20 - So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:21 - Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:22 - And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the LORD[fn] will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:23 - “But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:24 - Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her and lay with her. So she bore a son, and he[fn] called his name Solomon. Now the LORD loved him,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:25 - and He sent word by the hand of Nathan the prophet: So he[fn] called his name Jedidiah,[fn] because of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:26 - Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the people of Ammon, and took the royal city.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:27 - And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, “I have fought against Rabbah, and I have taken the city’s water supply.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:28 - “Now therefore, gather the rest of the people together and encamp against the city and take it, lest I take the city and it be called after my name.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:29 - So David gathered all the people together and went to Rabbah, fought against it, and took it.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:30 - Then he took their king’s crown from his head. Its weight was a talent of gold, with precious stones. And it was set on David’s head. Also he brought out the spoil of the city in great abundance.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 12:31 - And he brought out the people who were in it, and put them to work with saws and iron picks and iron axes, and made them cross over to the brick works. So he did to all the cities of the people of Ammon. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
NKJV Footnotes
A few Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac read God.
Following Kethib, Septuagint, and Vulgate; Qere, a few Hebrew manuscripts, Syriac, and Targum read she.
Qere, some Hebrew manuscripts, Syriac, and Targum read she.
Literally Beloved of the LORD

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