2 Samuel 12

MLV(i) 1 And Jehovah sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said to him, There were two men in one city: the one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe-lamb, which he had bought and nourished up. And it grew up together with him and with his sons. It ate of his own morsel and drank of his own cup and lay in his bosom and was to him as a daughter.
4 And there came a traveler to the rich man and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd to dress for the wayfaring man who came to him, but took the poor man's lamb and dressed it for the man who came to him.
5 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man and he said to Nathan, As Jehovah lives, the man who has done this is worthy to die. 6 And he will restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and because he had no pity.
7 And Nathan said to David, You are the man. Jehovah says thus, the God of Israel, I anointed you king over Israel and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8 And I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your bosom and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if that had been too little, I would have added to you such and such things.
9 Why have you despised the word of Jehovah, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have slain him with the sword of the sons of Ammon.
10 Now therefore the sword will not depart (everlasting and forever) from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. 11 Jehovah says thus, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor and he will lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.
13 And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against Jehovah. And Nathan said to David, Jehovah also has put away your sin; you will not die. 14 However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of Jehovah to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you will surely die. 15 And Nathan departed to his house. And Jehovah struck the child that Uriah's wife bore to David and it was very sick. 16 David therefore besought God for the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night upon the ground. 17 And the elders of his house arose, and stood beside him, to raise him up from the ground, but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.
18 And it happened 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 spoke to him and he did not listen to our voice, how will he then distress himself, if we tell him that the child is dead! 19 But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David perceived that the child was dead. And David said to his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. 20 Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his apparel. And he came into the house of Jehovah and worshiped. Then he came to his own house and when he required, they set bread before him and he ate. 21 Then his servants said to him, What thing is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while it was alive, but when the child was dead, you arose and ate bread.
22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept. For I said, Who knows whether Jehovah will not be gracious to me, that the child may live? 23 But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.
24 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife and went in to her and lay with her. And she bore a son and he called his name Solomon. And Jehovah loved him, 25 and he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet. And he called his name Jedidiah, for Jehovah's sake.
26 Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon and took the royal city. 27 And Joab sent messengers to David and said, I have fought against Rabbah; yes, I have taken the city of waters. 28 Now therefore gather the rest of the people together and encamp against the city and take it, lest I take the city and it is called after my name.
29 And David gathered all the people together and went to Rabbah and fought against it and took it. 30 And he took the crown of their king from his head. And the weight of it was a talant of gold and in it were precious stones. And it was set on David's head. And he brought out the spoil of the city, exceedingly much.
31 And he brought out the people that were in it and put them under saws and under harrows of iron and under axes of iron and made them pass through the brick-kiln. And thus he did to all the cities of the sons of Ammon. And David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.