2 Samuel 12:16

16 David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackclotha on the ground.

Read 2 Samuel 12:16 Using Other Translations

David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.
David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground.

What does 2 Samuel 12:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Samuel 12:16

David therefore besought God for the child
Perhaps went into the tabernacle he had built for the ark, and prayed to the Lord to restore the child, and spare its life; for though the Lord had said it should die, he might hope that that was a conditional threatening, and that the Lord might be gracious and reverse it, ( 2 Samuel 12:22 ) ;

and David fasted:
all that day:

and went in;
to his own house from the house of God:

and lay all night upon the earth;
would neither go into, nor lie upon a bed, but lay on the floor all night, weeping and praying for the child's life, and especially for its eternal welfare: he having through sin been the means of its coming into a sinful and afflicted state.

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