2 Samuel Chapter 12
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3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
8 And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?
20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.
30 And he took their king's crown from off his head, the weight whereof was a talent of gold with the precious stones: and it was set on David's head. And he brought forth the spoil of the city in great abundance.
31 And he brought forth the people that were therein, and put them under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and made them pass through the brickkiln: and thus did he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. So David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem.
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Matthew Henry's 2 Samuel Chapter 12 Bible commentary...
Nathan's parable-David confesses his sin. (1-14) The birth of Solomon. (15-25) David's severity to the Ammonites. (26-31)1-14 God will not suffer his people to lie still in sin. By this parable Nathan drew from David a sentence against himself. Great need there is of prudence in giving reproofs. In his application, he was faithful. He says in plain terms, Thou art the man. God shows how much he hates sin, even in his own people; and wherever he finds it, he will not let it go unpunished. David says not a word to excuse himself or make light of his sin, but freely owns it. When David said, I have sinned, and Nathan perceived that he was a true penitent, he assured him his sin was forgiven. Thou shalt not die: that is, not die eternally, nor be for ever put away from God, as thou wouldest have been, if thou hadst not put away the sin. Though thou shalt all thy days be chastened of the Lord, yet thou shalt not be condemned with the world. There is this great evil in the sins of those who profess religion and relation to God, that they furnish the enemies of God and religion with matter for reproach and blasphemy. And it appears from David's case, that even where pardon is obtained, the Lord will visit the transgression of his people with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. For one momentary gratification of a vile lust, David had to endure many days and years of extreme distress.
15-25 David now penned the 51st Psalm, in which, though he had been assured that his sin was pardoned, he prays earnestly for pardon, and greatly laments his sin. He was willing to bear the shame of it, to have it ever before him, to be continually upbraided with it. God gives us leave to be earnest with him in prayer for particular blessings, from trust in his power and general mercy, though we have no particular promise to build upon. David patiently submitted to the will of God in the death of one child, and God made up the loss to his advantage, in the birth of another. The way to have creature comforts continued or restored, or the loss made up some other way, is cheerfully to resign them to God. God, by his grace, particularly owned and favoured that son, and ordered him to be called Jedidiah, Beloved of the Lord. Our prayers for our children are graciously and as fully answered when some of them die in their infancy, for they are well taken care of, and when others live, "beloved of the Lord."
26-31 To be thus severe in putting the children of Ammon to slavery was a sign that David's heart was not yet made soft by repentance, at the time when this took place. We shall be most compassionate, kind, and forgiving to others, when we most feel our need of the Lord's forgiving love, and taste the sweetness of it in our own souls.
Christian kene's 2 Samuel Chapter 12 comment on 5/03/2013, 8:56pm...
I love how david comforts his wife in verse 22
Martin Moyo's 2 Samuel Chapter 12 comment on 1/21/2013, 12:28am...
God always punishes those he loves.
Timothy Wayne George's 2 Samuel Chapter 12 comment on 1/02/2013, 9:34pm...
King David confessed his sin to Nathan, after the story of the poor man's ewe lamb, and was told thou art the man. Then Nathan warned the King, that the sword would never depart from his house. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. The child that was born from the adulterous act died after seven days, and God forgave King David for what he had done. If we say we have not sinned, we lie, but if we confess our sin, God is faithful, and just to forgive us, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The child is in heaven, and King David knows that he will see the child again in the resurrection. We must learn never to cover our sin, but to confess to God, for He alone can cleanse, as well as forgive our sin. Sin has consequences, but when we confess, as well as forsake our sin, God restores the joy of our salvation. Jesus came to save His people from their sin. In fact Jesus came to seek, and to save the lost. All have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God, and the Lord laid on Him the sin of us all. So thank God for Jesus!!!
Mary's 2 Samuel Chapter 12 comment on 11/02/2012, 11:01pm...
2 Samuel 12:7-15 Principle illustrated: God gives consequences to set David straight because he had sinned against Him. David used the children of Ammon to kill Uriah. David then took Uriah’s wife and bare a son. Nathan, the man who anointed David told him that he has blasphemed the Lord. The Lord struck the child with sickness and the child died. God rebukes His children when they do wrong. I am a living example of this. I have learned that whenever I do not do my best to live for God, consequences follow. It is because God loves me that He leads me back when I stray away. I need to lock my eyes on Him and then I will not be able to stray.
SANOBIA's 2 Samuel Chapter 12 comment on 6/26/2012, 9:31am...
@ SHAUN David knew that he sinned after The Lord had already informed him that his child would die. But Because The Lord forgive him for his sin he thought as all of us would have thought " If i try to become in right standing with God maybe he will have mercy on me and let my baby live."
Umberto's 2 Samuel Chapter 12 comment on 11/11/2011, 3:22am...
@Chloe: I beg to differ. David was nothing else than sadistic and cruel. Think of all the Philistines, Moabites and Ammonites he killed. When Saul asked him for 100 Philistine foreskins, he went and killed 200 and brought back 200 foreskins just for the sake of it. So he killed the 100 additional Philistines just for fun?
None of all these people were as intolerant and bloodthirsty towards their neighbours, and unfortunately this tradition lived on in the whole Christian history.
Mrs. Will's 2 Samuel Chapter 12 comment on 2/23/2011, 10:58am...
I was thinking, the old testament and today have so much in common. that is like come chistians today we want to do what we want but as soon as we find ourselves in trouble or things go wrong we do what we think will please God and god is still telling us we will still have to be punished for our actions. Instead of seeking God before we act we seek him after. We the church need to get our priorites and lives in order with the word of God. God is still calling for Holliness and for his people to be set apart from the world know matter what is going on around us or what we see happening in the church. We can not include any and everything in our lives or in the lives of our loved ones.
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