Then the LORDsent1Nathan to David. And 2he came to him and asaid, "There were twomen in onecity, the onerich and the otherpoor.
"The richmanhad a greatmanyflocks and herds.
"But the poor man had nothingexcept3onelittleewelambWhich he bought and nourished ; And it grew up together with him and his children. It would eat of his bbread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom, And was like a daughter to him.
"Now a travelercame to the richman, And he cwas 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 poorman'sewelamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him."
Then David'sangerburnedgreatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, "As the LORDlives, surely the man who has donethisd4deserves to die.
"He must makerestitution for the lamb5fourfold, because he didthisthing and hadnocompassion."
7Nathan then said to David, "6You are the man ! Thussays the LORDGod of Israel, '7It is I who anointed you kingoverIsrael and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul.
'I also gave you 8your master'shouse and your master'swives into your ecare, 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'Why9have you despised the word of the LORD by doingevil in His sight ? 10You have struckdownUriah the Hittite with the sword, 11have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon.
10'Now therefore, 12the sword shall neverdepart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.'
11"Thussays the LORD, 'Behold, I will raise up evilagainst you from your own household ; 13I will even take your wives before your eyes and give them to your companion, and he will lie with your wives in fbroaddaylight .
12'Indeed14you did it secretly, but 15I will dothisthingbeforeallIsrael, and gunder the sun.' "
Then Davidsaid to Nathan, "16I have sinned against the LORD." And Nathansaid to David, "The LORDalso has h17takenaway your sin ; you shall not die.
14"However, because by thisdeed you have 18given occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the childalso that is born to you shall surelydie."
So Nathanwent to his house.
16David therefore inquired of God for the child ; and David19fasted and went and 20lay all night on the ground.
1721The elders of his householdstoodbeside him in order to raise him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eatfood with them.
Then it happened on the seventhday that the childdied. 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 !"
But when Davidsaw that his servants were whispering together, Davidperceived that the child was dead ; so Davidsaid to his servants, "Is the childdead ?" And they said, "He is dead."
So Davidarose from the ground, 22washed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes ; and he came into the house of the LORD and 23worshiped. Then he came to his own house, and when he requested, they setfood before him and he ate.
Then his servantssaid to him, "What is thisthing that you have done ? iWhile the child was alive, you fasted and wept ; but when the childdied, you arose and atefood."
He said, "While the child was still alive, 24I fasted and wept ; for I said, '25Whoknows, the LORD may be gracious to me, that the child may live.'
"But now he has died ; why should I fast ? Can I bring him backagain ? 26I will go to him, but 27he will not return to me."
Then Davidcomforted his wifeBathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her; and she gavebirth to a son, and j28he named him Solomon. Now the LORDloved him
and sent word throughNathan the prophet, and he named him kJedidiah for the LORD'Ssake.
2629Now Joabfought against 30Rabbah of the sons of Ammon and captured the royalcity.
27Joabsentmessengers to David and said, "I have fought against Rabbah, I have evencaptured the city of waters.
28"Now therefore, gather the rest of the people together and campagainst the city and capture it, or I will capture the citymyself and it will be namedafter me."
So Davidgatheredall the people and went to Rabbah, fought against it and captured it.
Then 31he took the crown of ltheir king from his head ; and its weight was a talent of gold, and in it mwas a preciousstone ; and it was placed on David'shead. And he brought out the spoil of the city in greatamounts.
He also brought out the peoplewho were in it, and 32set them under saws, sharpironinstruments, and ironaxes, 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 peoplereturned to Jerusalem.