And when David saw that his servants whispered
For they said the above to one another with a low voice, that he might not hear them, though in the same room with them:
David perceived the child was dead;
he guessed it was, and that this was the thing they were whispering about among themselves:
therefore David said unto his servants, is the child dead? and they
said, he is dead;
for putting the question to them so closely, they could not avoid giving the answer they did, and which he was prepared to receive, by what he had observed in them.