But the poor [man] had nothing, save one little ewe lamb
Uriah had but one wife, who was much younger than he, called a lamb, an ewe lamb, a little one. Abarbinel thinks Uriah had been a widower; and had children by another wife, supposed in the parable, and was much older than Bathsheba:
which he had bought;
for men in those times and countries did not receive portions with their wives, but gave dowries to them, and for them:
and nourished up;
as his own flesh, as husbands should their wives, ( Ephesians 5:29 ) ;
and it grew up together with him, and with his children;
which Kimchi also supposes Uriah had by a former wife:
it did eat of his own meat, and drink of his own cup, and lay in his
bosom, and was unto him as a daughter;
all which are expressive of the care, kindness, love, and tenderness of a loving husband, whose affections are endeared to his wife, making her partaker of all he has, and to share in whatever he eats and drinks, and in his dearest embraces; and as there were instances of creatures, lambs and others, particularly tame or pet lambs, used in this way in a literal sense, to which the reference in the parable is, David had no suspicion of its being a parable. Bochart F17 has given many instances of creatures nourished and brought up in such a familiar manner.
F17 Hierozoic. par. 1. l. 2. c. 46. col. 521, 522.