2 SAMUEL 11
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Bathsheba, David’s Great Sin 11:1 Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem.
2 Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance.
3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?”
4 David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house.
5 The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, “I am pregnant.”
6 Then David sent to Joab, saying, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” So Joab sent Uriah to David.
7 When Uriah came to him, David asked concerning the welfare of Joab and the people and the state of the war.
8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.” And Uriah went out of the king’s house, and a present from the king was sent out after him.
9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.
10 Now when they told David, saying, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?”
11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in temporary shelters, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? By your life and the life of your soul, I will not do this thing.”
12 Then David said to Uriah, “Stay here today also, and tomorrow I will let you go.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next.
13 Now David called him, and he ate and drank before him, and he made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his bed with his lord’s servants, but he did not go down to his house.
14 Now in the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
15 He had written in the letter, saying, “Place Uriah in the front line of the fiercest battle and withdraw from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”
16 So it was as Joab kept watch on the city, that he put Uriah at the place where he knew there were valiant men.
17 The men of the city went out and fought against Joab, and some of the people among David’s servants fell; and Uriah the Hittite also died.
18 Then Joab sent and reported to David all the events of the war.
19 He charged the messenger, saying, “When you have finished telling all the events of the war to the king,
20 and if it happens that the king’s wrath rises and he says to you, ‘Why did you go so near to the city to fight? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall?
21 Who struck down Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Did not a woman throw an upper millstone on him from the wall so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?’--then you shall say, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.’”
22 So the messenger departed and came and reported to David all that Joab had sent him to tell.
23 The messenger said to David, “The men prevailed against us and came out against us in the field, but we pressed them as far as the entrance of the gate.
24 Moreover, the archers shot at your servants from the wall; so some of the king’s servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead.”
25 Then David said to the messenger, “Thus you shall say to Joab, ‘Do not let this thing displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another; make your battle against the city stronger and overthrow it’; and so encourage him.”
26 Now when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.
27 When the time of mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house and she became his wife; then she bore him a son. But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the LORD.
2 SAMUEL 12
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Nathan Rebukes David 12:1 Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said, “There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor.
2 “The rich man had a great many flocks and herds.
3 “But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb Which he bought and nourished; And it grew up together with him and his children. It would eat of his bread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom, And was like a daughter to him.
4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, And he was unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd, To prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him; Rather he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”
5 Then David’s anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, surely the man who has done this deserves to die.
6 He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion.”
7 Nathan then said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul.
8 I also gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your care, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you many more things like these!
9 Why have you despised the word of the LORD by doing evil in His sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon.
10 Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’
11 Thus says the LORD, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you from your own household; I will even take your wives before your eyes and give them to your companion, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight.
12 Indeed you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, and under the sun.’”
13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has taken away your sin; you shall not die.
14 However, because by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die.”
15 So Nathan went to his house.
Loss of a ChildThen the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s widow bore to David, so that he was very sick.
16 David therefore inquired of God for the child; and David fasted and went and lay all night on the ground.
17 The elders of his household stood beside him in order to raise him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them.
18 Then it happened on the seventh day that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was still alive, we spoke to him and he did not listen to our voice. How then can we tell him that the child is dead, since he might do himself harm!”
19 But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David perceived that the child was dead; so David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” And they said, “He is dead.”
20 So David arose from the ground, washed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he came into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he came to his own house, and when he requested, they set food before him and he ate.
21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.”
22 He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who knows, the LORD may be gracious to me, that the child may live.’
23 But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”
Solomon Born 24 Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her; and she gave birth to a son, and he named him Solomon. Now the LORD loved him
25 and sent word through Nathan the prophet, and he named him Jedidiah for the LORD’S sake.
War Again 26 Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon and captured the royal city.
27 Joab sent messengers to David and said, “I have fought against Rabbah, I have even captured the city of waters.
28 Now therefore, gather the rest of the people together and camp against the city and capture it, or I will capture the city myself and it will be named after me.”
29 So David gathered all the people and went to Rabbah, fought against it and captured it.
30 Then he took the crown of their king from his head; and its weight was a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone; and it was placed on David’s head. And he brought out the spoil of the city in great amounts.
31 He also brought out the people who were in it, and set them under saws, sharp iron instruments, and iron axes, and made them pass through the brickkiln. And thus he did to all the cities of the sons of Ammon. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
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Contrast the Upright and the Wicked17:1 Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife.
2 A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, And will share in the inheritance among brothers.
3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests hearts.
4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips; A liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
5 He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
6 Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers.
7 Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are lying lips to a prince.
8 A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.
9 He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.
10 A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool.
11 A rebellious man seeks only evil, So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.
13 He who returns evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.
15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When he has no sense?
17 A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man lacking in sense pledges And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.
19 He who loves transgression loves strife; He who raises his door seeks destruction.
20 He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.
21 He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
23 A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice.
24 Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father And bitterness to her who bore him.
26 It is also not good to fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
27 He who restrains his words has knowledge, And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
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Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies.
For the choir director; set to
Al-tashheth. A Mikhtam of David, when Saul sent men
and they watched the house in order to kill him.59:1 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; Set me securely on high away from those who rise up against me.
2 Deliver me from those who do iniquity And save me from men of bloodshed.
3 For behold, they have set an ambush for my life; Fierce men launch an attack against me, Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O LORD,
4 For no guilt of mine, they run and set themselves against me. Arouse Yourself to help me, and see!
5 You, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, Awake to punish all the nations; Do not be gracious to any who are treacherous in iniquity. Selah.
6 They return at evening, they howl like a dog, And go around the city.
7 Behold, they belch forth with their mouth; Swords are in their lips, For, they say, “Who hears?”
8 But You, O LORD, laugh at them; You scoff at all the nations.
9 Because of his strength I will watch for You, For God is my stronghold.
10 My God in His lovingkindness will meet me; God will let me look triumphantly upon my foes.
11 Do not slay them, or my people will forget; Scatter them by Your power, and bring them down, O Lord, our shield.
12 On account of the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, Let them even be caught in their pride, And on account of curses and lies which they utter.
13 Destroy them in wrath, destroy them that they may be no more; That men may know that God rules in Jacob To the ends of the earth. Selah.
14 They return at evening, they howl like a dog, And go around the city.
15 They wander about for food And growl if they are not satisfied.
16 But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 O my strength, I will sing praises to You; For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness.
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Lament over Defeat in Battle, and Prayer for Help.
For the choir director; according to Shushan Eduth. A Mikhtam of David, to teach; when he struggled with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and Joab returned, and smote twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt.60:1 O God, You have rejected us. You have broken us; You have been angry; O, restore us.
2 You have made the land quake, You have split it open; Heal its breaches, for it totters.
3 You have made Your people experience hardship; You have given us wine to drink that makes us stagger.
4 You have given a banner to those who fear You, That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
5 That Your beloved may be delivered, Save with Your right hand, and answer us!
6 God has spoken in His holiness: “I will exult, I will portion out Shechem and measure out the valley of Succoth.
7 “Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the helmet of My head; Judah is My scepter.
8 “Moab is My washbowl; Over Edom I shall throw My shoe; Shout loud, O Philistia, because of Me!”
9 Who will bring me into the besieged city? Who will lead me to Edom?
10 Have not You Yourself, O God, rejected us? And will You not go forth with our armies, O God?
11 O give us help against the adversary, For deliverance by man is in vain.
12 Through God we shall do valiantly, And it is He who will tread down our adversaries.
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