|2 Samuel 12 |
1 So the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said to him, "There were two men in a city; the one rich, and the other poor.
2 The rich man had a great number of flocks of sheep and herds of cattle.
3 But the poor man had nothing, except one little female lamb, which he had brought and nourished; and it grew up together with him and his children. It ate from his own food, and drank from his own cup, and slept in his arms; the lamb was like a daughter to him.
4 A traveler came to visit the rich man, and the rich man declined to take one of his own flock and of his own herd, to prepare a meal for the wayfaring man who had come to visit him. Instead he took the poor man's lamb, and prepared it as a meal for the man who had come to visit him."
5 David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, "As the LORD lives, the man who has done this thing shall surely die;
6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity."
7 And Nathan said to David, "You are that man. Thus says the Lord God of Israel, 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul;
8 And I gave you your master's house, and your master's wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would also have given to you even more.
9 Therefore you have despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
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.
11 Thus says the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of 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.1
12 For you did it secretly; but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.'"
13 And David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD."2 And Nathan said to David, "The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die."
14 However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that has been born to you shall surely die.
15 And Nathan departed to his house. The LORD afflicted David's son, who had been born to Uriah's wife, and the child was very sick.
16 David therefore sought to plead with God for the child; and David fasted, and went in to his quarters and lay all night prostrate on the floor [for a week].
17 The older servants of his house arose, and went to him, to pick him up off the floor; but he would not come, and neither would he eat bread with them [for a week].
18 On the seventh day the child died. 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 would not listen to our pleas then. So how will he then harm himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?
19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead. Therefore David said to his servants, "Is the child dead?" And they said, "He is dead."
20 Then David got up from the floor, washed himself, anointed himself, changed his clothes, went into the house of the LORD, and worshipped Him. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested food, they set bread before him, and he ate [breaking his fast].
21 Then said his servants to him, "Why have you done these things? You fasted and wept for the child, while it was alive; but when the child died, you rose up and began to eat your bread."
22 And he answered, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept because I thought, "Who can know whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child might live?
23 But now he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me."
24 David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and went in to her quarters to lay with her; and she gave birth to another son, whom David named Solomon, whom was loved by the LORD.
25 The Lord sent a message by the hand of Nathan the prophet, that he called his name Jedidiah, because it means loved of the LORD.
26 Now Joab fought against the city of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and he had captured the royal palace.
27 So Joab sent messengers to David, and said, "I have fought against Rabbah, and have seized control of the water supply to the city.
28 Now therefore gather the rest of the people together, and assemble against the city so that you are the conqueror. For if I take the city, I fear it will be called by my name."
29 So David gathered all the people together, and went to Rabbah, and fought against it, and conquered it.
30 He took their king's crown from off his head, the weight of which was a talent of gold [75 lbs.] including the precious stones; and it was set on David's head. And David plundered the goods of the city in great quantity.
31 And he brought into bondage the people who were in it, and assigned them in bondage to make saws, iron ploughs, axes of iron, and bricks in the brick-kiln; and he did the same to all the cities of the children of Ammon. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
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1 Because David had taken another man's wife and killed the man, the Lord said to David: I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. From David's own house the following evils occurred: 1) his son Amnon raped his own half-sister Tamar and was then murdered by his son Absalom, 2) his son Absalom led a revolt against his father, seeking to kill him, declaring himself king, and 3) another son Adonijah declared himself king in opposition to Solomon's succession. 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. Absalom erected a tent in plain sight of all of Israel, and went in to lay with them all; this was to strengthen Absaloms followers by them knowing how angry David would supposedly become.
This is a great example of how the Lord can, when if fits with his plans for those chosen by him, move even evil men around to his purpose without violating their free wills. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose. Rom 8:28. The world is a gigantic chess board with billions of pieces, effortlessly moved to the Lord's purpose. (See Life's purpose for more.)
2 And David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD."
[This is Psalm 51 of David after Nathan the prophet had confronted him for adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband Uriah slain in battle.]
1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your loving kindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you only, I have sinned and done evil in your sight, so that you are justified when you speak, and blameless when you judge.
5 I was born in iniquity; and my mother conceived me in sin.
6 Behold, you desire truth in the inward being; make me to know wisdom in the inmost part.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me hear joy and gladness; that the bones which you have broken may rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence and do not take your holy spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners shall be converted to you.
14 Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth your praise.
16 For you do not desire sacrifice, else would I give it; you do not delight in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 Do good in your good pleasure to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; then they shall offer bullocks upon your altar.
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