and sent Nathan to David. Nathan said to him, "There were two men in the same city - one rich, the other poor.
The rich man had huge flocks of sheep, herds of cattle.
The poor man had nothing but one little female lamb, which he had bought and raised. It grew up with him and his children as a member of the family. It ate off his plate and drank from his cup and slept on his bed. It was like a daughter to him.
"One day a traveler dropped in on the rich man. He was too stingy to take an animal from his own herds or flocks to make a meal for his visitor, so he took the poor man's lamb and prepared a meal to set before his guest."
David exploded in anger. "As surely as God lives," he said to Nathan, "the man who did this ought to be lynched!
He must repay for the lamb four times over for his crime and his stinginess!"
"You're the man!" said Nathan. "And here's what God, the God of Israel, has to say to you: I made you king over Israel. I freed you from the fist of Saul.
I gave you your master's daughter and other wives to have and to hold. I gave you both Israel and Judah. And if that hadn't been enough, I'd have gladly thrown in much more.