2nd Samuel 11

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The Second Book of Samuel

Chapter 12

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And the LORD sent4 Nathan unto David. And he came4 unto him, and said4 unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.6

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The rich [man] had exceeding many53 flocks and herds:

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But the poor6 [man] had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought1 and nourished up:17 and it grew up4 together with him, and with his children; it did eat4 of his own meat, and drank4 of his own cup, and lay4 in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.

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And there came4 a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared4 to take2 of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress2 for the wayfaring man6 that was come6 unto him; but took4 the poor6 man's lamb, and dressed4 it for the man that was come6 to him.

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And David's anger was greatly kindled4 against the man; and he said4 to Nathan, [As] the LORD liveth, the man that hath done6 this [thing] shall surely die:

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And he shall restore17 the lamb fourfold, because he did1 this thing, and because he had no pity.1

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And Nathan said4 to David, Thou [art] the man. Thus saith1 the LORD God of Israel, I anointed1 thee king over Israel, and I delivered52 thee out of the hand of Saul;

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And I gave4 thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave4 thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if [that had been] too little, I would moreover have given55 unto thee such and such things.

9

Wherefore hast thou despised1 the commandment of the LORD, to do2 evil in his sight? thou hast killed52 Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken1 his wife [to be] thy wife, and hast slain1 him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

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Now therefore the sword shall never 5704 5769 depart4 from thine house; because thou hast despised1 me, and hast taken4 the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

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Thus saith1 the LORD, Behold, I will raise up56 evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take1 thy wives before thine eyes, and give1 [them] unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie1 with thy wives in the sight of this sun.

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For thou didst1 [it] secretly: but I will do4 this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.

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And David said4 unto Nathan, I have sinned1 against the LORD. And Nathan said4 unto David, The LORD also hath put away52 thy sin; thou shalt not die.4

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Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great15 occasion to the enemies6 of the LORD to blaspheme,14 the child also [that is] born unto thee shall surely2 die.4

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And Nathan departed4 unto his house. And the LORD struck4 the child that Uriah's wife bare1 unto David, and it was very sick.11

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David therefore besought17 God for the child; and David fasted,4 6685 and went in,1 and lay1 all night1 upon the earth.

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And the elders of his house arose,4 [and went] to him, to raise him up53 from the earth: but he would1 not, neither did he eat1 bread with them.

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And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died.4 And the servants of David feared4 to tell53 him that the child was dead:1 for they said,1 Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake14 unto him, and he would not hearken1 unto our voice: how will he then1 vex himself, if we tell4 him that the child is dead?1

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But when David saw4 that his servants whispered,102 David perceived4 that the child was dead:1 therefore David said4 unto his servants, Is the child dead?1 And they said,4 He is dead.1

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Then David arose4 from the earth, and washed,4 and anointed55 [himself], and changed17 his apparel, and came4 into the house of the LORD, and worshipped:101 then he came4 to his own house; and when he required,4 they set4 bread before him, and he did eat.4

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Then said4 his servants unto him, What thing [is] this that thou hast done?1 thou didst fast1 and weep4 for the child, [while it was] alive; but when the child was dead,1 thou didst rise1 and eat4 bread.

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And he said,4 While the child was yet alive, I fasted1 and wept:4 for I said,1 Who can tell6 [whether] GOD will be gracious1 2603 17 to me, that the child may live?

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But now he is dead,1 wherefore should I fast?6 can4 I bring him back again?53 I shall go6 to him, but he shall not return4 to me.

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And David comforted17 Bathsheba his wife, and went in4 unto her, and lay4 with her: and she bare4 a son, and he called4 his name Solomon: and the LORD loved1 him.

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And he sent4 by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called4 his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.

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And Joab fought11 against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and took4 the royal city.

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And Joab sent4 messengers to David, and said,4 I have fought8 against Rabbah, and have taken1 the city of waters.

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Now therefore gather3 the rest of the people together, and encamp3 against the city, and take3 it: lest I take4 the city, and it be called8 after my name.

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And David gathered4 all the people together, and went4 to Rabbah, and fought11 against it, and took4 it.

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And he took4 their king's crown from off his head, the weight whereof [was] a talent of gold with the precious stones: and it was [set] on David's head. And he brought forth52 the spoil of the city in great abundance.53

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And he brought forth52 the people that [were] therein, and put4 [them] under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and made them pass52 through the brickkiln: and thus did4 he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. So David and all the people returned4 unto Jerusalem.

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