- 1 and he sent Nathan the prophet to tell this story to David:
- A rich man and a poor man lived in the same town.
2 The rich man owned a lot of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had only
one little lamb that he had bought and raised. The lamb became a pet for him
and his children. He even let it eat from his plate and drink from his cup
and sleep on his lap. The lamb was like one of his own children.
4 One day someone came to visit the rich man,
but the rich man didnt want to kill any of his own sheep or cattle
and serve it to the visitor. So he stole the poor mans little lamb
and served it instead.
- 5 David was furious with the rich man and said to
Nathan, I swear by the living Lord that the man who did this deserves
to die! 6 And because he didnt have any pity on the poor man, he will
have to pay four times what the lamb was worth.
7 Then Nathan told David:
- You are that rich man! Now listen to what the Lord
God of Israel says to you: I chose you to be the king of Israel. I kept
you safe from Saul 8 and even gave you his house and his wives.
I let you rule Israel and Judah, and if that had not been enough, I would
have given you much more. 9 Why did you disobey me and do such a horrible
thing? You murdered Uriah the Hittite by having the Ammonites kill him, so
you could take his wife.
10 Because you wouldnt obey me and
took Uriahs wife for yourself, your family will never live in peace.
11 Someone from your own family will cause you a lot of trouble, and I will
take your wives and give them to another man before your very eyes. He will
go to bed with them while everyone looks on. 12 What you did was in secret,
but I will do this in the open for everyone in Israel to see.
13 David said, I have disobeyed the Lord.
- Yes, you have! Nathan answered. You
showed you didnt care what the Lord wanted. He has forgiven you, and
you wont die. But your newborn son will. 15 Then Nathan went back
Davids Young Son Dies
- The Lord made Davids young son very sick.
16 So David went without eating to show his sorrow,
and he begged God to make the boy well. David would not sleep on his bed,
but spent each night lying on the floor. 17 His officials stood beside him
and tried to talk him into getting up. But he would not get up or eat with
18 After the child had been sick for seven days, he
died, but the officials were afraid to tell David. They said to each other,
Even when the boy was alive, David wouldnt listen to us. How can
we tell him his son is dead? He might do something terrible!
19 David noticed his servants whispering, and he knew
the boy was dead. Did my son die? he asked his servants.
Yes, he did, they answered.
20 David got up off the floor; he took a bath, combed
his hair, and dressed. He went into the Lords tent and worshiped, then
he went back home. David asked for something to eat, and when his servants
brought him some food, he ate it.
21 His officials said, What are you doing? You
went without eating and cried for your son while he was alive! But now that
hes dead, youre up and eating.
22 David answered:
- While he was still alive, I went without food and
cried because there was still hope. I said to myself, Who knows? Maybe
the Lord will have pity on me and let the child live. 23 But now that
hes dead, why should I go without eating? I cant bring him back!
Someday I will join him in death, but he cant return to me.
Solomon Is Born
24 David comforted his wife Bathsheba
and slept with her. Later on, she gave birth to another son and
named him Solomon. The Lord loved Solomon 25 and sent Nathan the
prophet to tell David, The Lord will call him Jedidiah.
The End of the War with Ammon
(1 Chronicles 20.1b-3)
- 26 Meanwhile, Joab had been in the
country of Ammon, attacking the city of Rabbah. He captured the
royal fortress 27 and sent a messenger to tell David:
- I have attacked Rabbah and captured
the fortress guarding the city water supply. 28
Call the rest of the army together. Then surround the city, and
capture it yourself. If you dont, everyone will remember
that I captured the city.
- 29 David called the rest of the army
together and attacked Rabbah. He captured the city 30 and took
the crown from the statue of their god Milcom. The crown was
made of seventy-five pounds of gold, and there was a valuable
jewel on it. David put the jewel on his own crown. He also carried
off everything else of value. 31 David made the people of Rabbah
tear down the city walls with iron picks and axes, and then he
put them to work making bricks. He did the same thing with all
the other Ammonite cities.
David went back to Jerusalem, and the
people of Israel returned to their homes.
The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
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