So the Lord sent Nathan to David.a When he arrived, he said to him: There were two men in a certain city, one rich and the other poor.
The rich man had a large number of sheep and cattle,
but the poor man had nothing except one small ewe lamb that he had bought. It lived and grew up with him and his children. It shared his meager food and drank from his cup; it slept in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him.
Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man could not bring himself to take one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for his guest.b5
David was infuriated with the man and said to Nathan: "As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die!
Because he has done this thing and shown no pity, he must pay four lambs for that lamb."c7
Nathan replied to David, "You are the man! This is what the Lord God of Israel says: 'I anointed you king over Israel,d and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.
I gave your master's house to you and your master's wives into your arms,e and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah, and if that was not enough, I would have given you even more.
Why then have you despised the command of the Lord by doing what I considerf evil?g You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife as your own wife-you murdered him with the Ammonite's sword.h10
Now therefore, the sword will never leave your housei because you despised Me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own wife.'
"This is what the Lord says, 'I am going to bring disaster on youj from your own family: I will take your wives and give them to anotherk before your very eyes, and he will sleep with them publicly.l12
You acted in secret, but I will do this before all Israel and in broad daylight.' "mn13
David responded to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord."o Then Nathan replied to David, "The Lord has taken away your sin; you will not die.p14
However, because you treatedq the Lord with such contempt in this matter,r the son born to you will die."
Then Nathan went home. The Lord struck the baby that Uriah's wife had borne to David, and he became ill.