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 2 Samuel 11 - 12
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11:1-27 - Study Chapter  - Click for Chapter Audio

1 Then R290 it happened in R291 F112 the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged R292 Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. 2 Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the R293 roof of the king's house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. 3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, "Is this not Bathsheba, R294 the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah R295 the Hittite?" 4 David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he R296 lay with her; and R297 when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house. 5 The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, "I R298 am pregnant."

6 Then David sent to Joab, saying, "Send me Uriah the Hittite." So Joab sent Uriah to David. 7 When Uriah came to him, David R299 asked concerning the welfare of Joab and the F113 people and the state of the war. 8 Then David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house, and wash R300 your feet." And Uriah went out of the king's house, and a present from the king was F114 sent out after him. 9 But Uriah slept at R301 the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. 10 Now when they told David, saying, "Uriah did not go down to his house," David said to Uriah, "Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?" 11 Uriah said to David, "The R302 ark and Israel and Judah are staying in temporary F115 shelters, and my lord Joab and the R303 servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? By your life and the life of your soul, I will not do this thing." 12 Then David said to Uriah, "Stay R304 here today also, and tomorrow I will let you go." So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. F116 13 Now David called him, and he ate and drank before him, and he made R305 him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his bed with R306 his lord's servants, but he did not go down to his house.

14 Now in the morning David wrote R307 a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 He R308 had written in the letter, saying, "Place F117 Uriah in the front line of the fiercest F118 battle and withdraw from him, so R309 that he may be struck down and die." 16 So it was as Joab kept watch on the city, that he put Uriah at the place where he knew there were valiant men. 17 The men of the city went out and fought against Joab, and some of the people among David's servants fell; and Uriah R310 the Hittite also died. 18 Then Joab sent and reported to David all the events of the war. 19 He charged the messenger, saying, "When you have finished telling all the events of the war to the king, 20 and if it happens that the king's wrath rises and he says to you, `Why did you go so near to the city to fight? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall? 21 `Who struck R311 down Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Did not a woman throw an upper millstone on him from the wall so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?'--then you shall say, `Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.' " 22 So the messenger departed and came and reported to David all that Joab had sent him to tell. 23 The messenger said to David, "The men prevailed against us and came out against us in the field, but we pressed F119 them as far as the entrance of the gate. 24 "Moreover, the archers shot at your servants from the wall; so some of the king's servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead." 25 Then David said to the messenger, "Thus you shall say to Joab, `Do not let this thing displease F120 you, for the sword devours one as well as another; make your battle against the city stronger and overthrow it'; and so encourage him." 26 Now when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she R312 mourned for her husband. 27 When the time of mourning was over, David sent and brought F121 her to his house and she R313 became his wife; then she bore him a son. But the R314 thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the LORD.

12:1-31 - Study Chapter  - Click for Chapter Audio

1 Then the LORD sent Nathan R315 to David. And he R316 came to him and said, F122 "There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 "The rich man had a great many flocks and herds. 3 "But the poor man had nothing except one R317 little ewe lamb Which he bought and nourished; And it grew up together with him and his children. It would eat of his bread F123 and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom, And was like a daughter to him. 4 "Now a traveler came to the rich man, And he was F124 unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd, To prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him; Rather he took the poor man's ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him." 5 Then David's anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, "As the LORD lives, surely the man who has done this deserves R318 F125 to die. 6 "He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, R319 because he did this thing and had no compassion." 7 Nathan then said to David, "You R320 are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel, `It R321 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 your R322 master's house and your master's wives into your care, F126 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 have R323 you despised the word of the LORD by doing evil in His sight? You R324 have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, have R325 taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon. 10 `Now therefore, the R326 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; I R327 will even take your wives before your eyes and give them to your companion, and he will lie with your wives in broad F127 daylight. 12 `Indeed you R328 did it secretly, but I R329 will do this thing before all Israel, and under F128 the sun.' " 13 Then David said to Nathan, "I R330 have sinned against the LORD." And Nathan said to David, "The LORD also has taken R331 F129 away your sin; you shall not die. 14 "However, because by this deed you have given R332 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. 16 David therefore inquired of God for the child; and David fasted R333 and went and lay R334 all night on the ground. 17 The R335 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, washed, R336 anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he came into the house of the LORD and worshiped. R337 Then he came to his own house, and when he requested, they set food before him and he ate. 21 Then his servants said to him, "What is this thing that you have done? While F131 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, I R338 fasted and wept; for I said, `Who R339 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? I R340 will go to him, but he R341 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 he R342 F132 named him Solomon. Now the LORD loved him 25 and sent word through Nathan the prophet, and he named him Jedidiah F133 for the LORD'S sake.

26 Now R343 Joab fought against Rabbah R344 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 he R345 took the crown of their F134 king from his head; and its weight was a talent of gold, and in it was F135 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 set R346 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.

F112 Lit at the return of the year
F113 Lit welfare of
F114 Lit went out
F115 Or booths
F116 Lit morrow
F117 Lit Give
F118 Lit strong
F119 Lit were upon
F120 Lit be evil in your sight
F121 Lit gathered
F122 Lit said to him
F123 Lit morsel
F124 Lit spared
F125 Lit is a son of death
F126 Lit bosom
F127 Lit the sight of this sun
F128 Lit before
F129 Lit caused your sin to pass away
F130 Lit wife
F131 Lit On account of
F132 Some mss read she
F133 I.e. beloved of the LORD/
F134 Or Malcam; cf Zeph 1:5
F135 Or were precious stones


R290 1 Chronicles 20:1
R291 2 Samuel 10:14; 1 Kings 20:22,26
R292 2 Samuel 12:26-29; Jeremiah 49:2,3; Amos 1:14
R293 Deuteronomy 22:8; 1 Samuel 9:25; Matthew 24:17; Acts 10:9
R294 1 Chronicles 3:5
R295 2 Samuel 23:39
R296 Psalms 51: title; James 1:14,15
R297 Leviticus 12:2-5; 15:18-28; 18:19
R298 Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 22:22
R299 Genesis 37:14; 1 Samuel 17:22
R300 Genesis 43:24; Luke 7:44
R301 1 Kings 14:27,28
R302 2 Samuel 7:2,6
R303 2 Samuel 20:6
R304 Job 20:12-14
R305 Proverbs 20:1;
R306 2 Samuel 11:9
R307 1 Kings 21:8-10
R308 Ecclesiastes 8:11; Jeremiah 17:9
R309 2 Samuel 12:9
R310 2 Samuel 11:21
R311 Judges 9:50-54
R312 Genesis 50:10; Deuteronomy 34:8; 1 Samuel 31:13
R313 2 Samuel 12:9
R314 Psalms 51:4,5
R315 2 Samuel 7:2,4,17
R316 Psalms 51: title
R317 2 Samuel 11:3
R318 1 Samuel 26:16
R319 Exodus 22:1; Luke 19:8
R320 1 Kings 20:42
R321 1 Samuel 16:13
R322 2 Samuel 9:7
R323 1 Samuel 15:23,26
R324 2 Samuel 11:14-17
R325 2 Samuel 11:27
R326 2 Samuel 13:28; 18:14; 1 Kings 2:25
R327 Deuteronomy 28:30; 2 Samuel 16:21,22
R328 2 Samuel 11:4-15
R329 2 Samuel 16:22
R330 1 Samuel 15:24,30; 2 Samuel 24:10; Luke 18:13
R331 Leviticus 20:10; 24:17; Proverbs 28:13; Micah 7:18
R332 Isaiah 52:5; Romans 2:24
R333 Nehemiah 1:4
R334 2 Samuel 13:31
R335 Genesis 24:2
R336 Ruth 3:3; Matthew 6:17
R337 Psalms 95:6-8; 103:1,8-17; Proverbs 3:7
R338 Isaiah 38:1-3
R339 Jonah 3:9
R340 Genesis 37:35
R341 Job 7:8-10
R342 1 Chronicles 22:9; Matthew 1:6
R343 1 Chronicles 20:1-3
R344 Deuteronomy 3:11
R345 1 Chronicles 20:2
R346 1 Chronicles 20:3; Hebrews 11:37


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