2 Samuel 12:1-15 CSB

Nathan's Parable and David's Repentance

1 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.

References for 2 Samuel 12:1

    • a 12:1 - Ps 51 superscription
      2 The rich man had a large number of sheep and cattle,
      3 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.
      4 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.b

      References for 2 Samuel 12:4

        • b 12:4 - Lit for the man who had come to him
          5 David was infuriated with the man and said to Nathan: "As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die!
          6 Because he has done this thing and shown no pity, he must pay four lambs for that lamb."c

          References for 2 Samuel 12:6

            • c 12:6 - 2 Sm 12:18; 13:28-29; 18:14-15; Ex 22:1; 1 Kg 2:24-25
              7 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.

              References for 2 Samuel 12:7

                • d 12:7 - 1 Sm 16:13
                  8 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.

                  References for 2 Samuel 12:8

                    • e 12:8 - Lit bosom
                      9 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.h

                      References for 2 Samuel 12:9

                        • f 12:9 - Alt Hb tradition reads what He considers
                        • g 12:9 - 1 Sm 15:19
                        • h 12:9 - 2 Sm 11:14-17
                          10 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.'

                          References for 2 Samuel 12:10

                            • i 12:10 - 2 Sm 13:28; 18:14; 1 Kg 2:22-25
                              11 "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.l

                              References for 2 Samuel 12:11

                                • j 12:11 - 1 Sm 16:14-16
                                • k 12:11 - Or to your neighbor
                                • l 12:11 - Lit in the eyes of this sun
                                  12 You acted in secret, but I will do this before all Israel and in broad daylight.' "mn

                                  References for 2 Samuel 12:12

                                    • m 12:12 - Lit and before the sun
                                    • n 12:12 - 2 Sm 16:21-22
                                      13 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.p

                                      References for 2 Samuel 12:13

                                        • o 12:13 - 2 Sm 24:10; Ps 51:4
                                        • p 12:13 - Lv 20:10; 24:17; Ps 32:1-5; Pr 28:13
                                          14 However, because you treatedq the Lord with such contempt in this matter,r the son born to you will die."

                                          References for 2 Samuel 12:14

                                            • q 12:14 - Alt Hb tradition, one LXX ms; MT reads treated the enemies of; DSS read treated the word of
                                            • r 12:14 - 1 Sm 2:17
                                              15 Then Nathan went home. The Lord struck the baby that Uriah's wife had borne to David, and he became ill.