David noticed that the servants were whispering behind his back, and realized that the boy must have died. He asked the servants, "Is the boy dead?" "Yes," they answered. "He's dead."
David got up from the floor, washed his face and combed his hair, put on a fresh change of clothes, then went into the sanctuary and worshiped. Then he came home and asked for something to eat. They set it before him and he ate.
His servants asked him, "What's going on with you? While the child was alive you fasted and wept and stayed up all night. Now that he's dead, you get up and eat."
"While the child was alive," he said, "I fasted and wept, thinking God might have mercy on me and the child would live.
But now that he's dead, why fast? Can I bring him back now? I can go to him, but he can't come to me."
David went and comforted his wife Bathsheba. And when he slept with her, they conceived a son. When he was born they named him Solomon. God had a special love for him
and sent word by Nathan the prophet that God wanted him named Jedidiah (God's Beloved).
Joab, at war in Rabbah against the Ammonites, captured the royal city.
He sent messengers to David saying, "I'm fighting at Rabbah, and I've just captured the city's water supply.
Hurry and get the rest of the troops together and set up camp here at the city and complete the capture yourself. Otherwise, I'll capture it and get all the credit instead of you."
So David marshaled all the troops, went to Rabbah, and fought and captured it.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)