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 Psalm 51; 2 Samuel 11:1 - 12:25
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   Book of Psalm
   Chapter 51
51:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
 
51:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
 
51:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
 
51:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.
 
51:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
 
51:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Surely you desire truth in the inner parts F97 ; you teach F98 me wisdom in the inmost place.
 
51:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
 
51:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
 
51:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
 
51:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
 
51:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
 
51:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
 
51:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.
 
51:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
 
51:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
 
51:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
 
51:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The sacrifices of God are F99 a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
 
51:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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In your good pleasure make Zion prosper; build up the walls of Jerusalem.
 
51:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then there will be righteous sacrifices, whole burnt offerings to delight you; then bulls will be offered on your altar.
 
   Book of 2 Samuel
   Chapter 11
11:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king's men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.
 
11:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,
 
11:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, "Isn't this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?"
 
11:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (She had purified herself from her uncleanness.) Then F30 she went back home.
 
11:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, "I am pregnant."
 
11:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So David sent this word to Joab: "Send me Uriah the Hittite." And Joab sent him to David.
 
11:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going.
 
11:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house and wash your feet." So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him.
 
11:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master's servants and did not go down to his house.
 
11:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When David was told, "Uriah did not go home," he asked him, "Haven't you just come from a distance? Why didn't you go home?"
 
11:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Uriah said to David, "The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my master Joab and my lord's men are camped in the open fields. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and lie with my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!"
 
11:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then David said to him, "Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back." So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next.
 
11:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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At David's invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master's servants; he did not go home.
 
11:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah.
 
11:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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In it he wrote, "Put Uriah in the front line where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die."
 
11:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were.
 
11:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David's army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.
 
11:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Joab sent David a full account of the battle.
 
11:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He instructed the messenger: "When you have finished giving the king this account of the battle,
 
11:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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the king's anger may flare up, and he may ask you, 'Why did you get so close to the city to fight? Didn't you know they would shoot arrows from the wall?
 
11:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Who killed Abimelech son of Jerub-Besheth F31 ? Didn't a woman throw an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? Why did you get so close to the wall?' If he asks you this, then say to him, 'Also, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.'"
 
11:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The messenger set out, and when he arrived he told David everything Joab had sent him to say.
 
11:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The messenger said to David, "The men overpowered us and came out against us in the open, but we drove them back to the entrance to the city gate.
 
11:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then the archers shot arrows at your servants from the wall, and some of the king's men died. Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead."
 
11:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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David told the messenger, "Say this to Joab: 'Don't let this upset you; the sword devours one as well as another. Press the attack against the city and destroy it.' Say this to encourage Joab."
 
11:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When Uriah's wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him.
 
11:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the LORD.
 
   Chapter 12
12:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, "There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor.
 
12:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle,
 
12:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
 
12:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him."
 
12:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, "As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die!
 
12:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity."
 
12:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.
 
12:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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I gave your master's house to you, and your master's wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.
 
12:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.
 
12:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.'
 
12:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"This is what the LORD says: 'Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight.
 
12:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.'"
 
12:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." Nathan replied, "The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.
 
12:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the LORD show utter contempt, F32 the son born to you will die."
 
12:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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After Nathan had gone home, the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife had borne to David, and he became ill.
 
12:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and went into his house and spent the nights lying on the ground.
 
12:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.
 
12:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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On the seventh day the child died. David's servants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, "While the child was still living, we spoke to David but he would not listen to us. How can we tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate."
 
12:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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David noticed that his servants were whispering among themselves and he realized the child was dead. "Is the child dead?" he asked. "Yes," they replied, "he is dead."
 
12:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.
 
12:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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His servants asked him, "Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!"
 
12:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He answered, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, 'Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.'
 
12:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But now that 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."
 
12:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and lay with her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The LORD loved him;
 
12:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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and because the LORD loved him, he sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah. F33
 

FOOTNOTES:
F97 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
F98 Or you desired... ; you taught
F99 Or My sacrifice, O God, is
F30 Or with her. When she purified herself from her uncleanness,
F31 Also known as Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon)
F32 Masoretic Text; an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition this you have shown utter contempt for the LORD
F33 Jedidiah means loved by the LORD.

 
 

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