2 Samuel 11-13 New American Standard Bible

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David and Bath-sheba

11 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 e 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 e 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 e 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 e 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 .

Nathan Reproves David

12 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 e except e 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 e 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 e e depart from your house , because e 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 e . 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 . 16  David therefore inquired of God for the child ; and David fasted e 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 e 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." 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 e him Solomon . Now the Lord loved him 25  and sent word through Nathan the prophet , and he named e him Jedidiah for the Lord'S sake .

David Captures Rabbah

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 e 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 .

Amnon and Tamar

13 Now it was after this that Absalom the son of David had a beautiful sister whose name was Tamar , and Amnon the son of David loved her. 2  Amnon was so frustrated because of his sister Tamar that he made himself ill , for she was a virgin , and it seemed hard to Amnon to do anything to her. 3  But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab , the son of Shimeah , David's brother ; and Jonadab was a very shrewd man . 4  He said to him, "O son of the king , why are you so depressed morning after morning ? Will you not tell me?" Then Amnon said to him, "I am in love with Tamar , the sister of my brother Absalom ." 5  Jonadab then said to him, "Lie down on your bed and pretend to be ill ; when your father comes to see you, say to him, 'Please let my sister Tamar come and give me some food to eat , and let her prepare the food in my sight , that I may see it and eat from her hand .' " 6  So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill ; when the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king , "Please let my sister Tamar come and make me a couple of cakes in my sight , that I may eat from her hand ." 7  Then David sent to the house for Tamar , saying , "Go now to your brother Amnon's house , and prepare food for him." 8  So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house , and he was lying down . And she took dough , kneaded it, made cakes in his sight , and baked the cakes . 9  She took the pan and dished them out before him, but he refused to eat . And Amnon said , " Have everyone e go out from me." So everyone e went out from him. 10  Then Amnon said to Tamar , "Bring the food into the bedroom , that I may eat from your hand ." So Tamar took the cakes which she had made and brought them into the bedroom to her brother Amnon . 11  When she brought them to him to eat , he took hold of her and said to her, "Come , lie with me, my sister ." 12  But she answered him, "No , my brother , do not violate me, for such a thing is not done in Israel ; do not do this disgraceful thing ! 13  "As for me, where could I get rid of my reproach ? And as for you, you will be like one of the fools in Israel . Now therefore, please speak to the king , for he will not withhold me from you." 14  However, he would not listen to her; since he was stronger than she, he violated her and lay with her. 15  Then Amnon hated her with a very great hatred ; for the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, "Get up, go away!" 16  But she said to him, "No , because this wrong in sending me away is greater than the other that you have done to me!" Yet he would not listen to her. 17  Then he called his young man who attended him and said , "Now throw this woman out of my presence, and lock the door behind her." 18  Now she had on a long-sleeved garment ; for in this manner the virgin daughters of the king dressed themselves in robes . Then his attendant took her out and locked the door behind her. 19  Tamar put ashes on her head and tore her long-sleeved garment which was on her; and she put her hand on her head and went away, crying aloud as she went .

Absalom's Revenge and Flight

20  Then Absalom her brother said to her, "Has Amnon your brother been with you? But now keep silent , my sister , he is your brother ; do not take this matter to heart ." So Tamar remained and was desolate in her brother Absalom's house .

21  Now when King David heard of all these matters , he was very angry . 22  But Absalom did not speak to Amnon either good or bad ; for Absalom hated Amnon because e e he had violated his sister Tamar . 23  Now it came about after two full years that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baal-hazor , which is near Ephraim , and Absalom invited all the king's sons . 24  Absalom came to the king and said , "Behold now , your servant has sheepshearers ; please let the king and his servants go with your servant ." 25  But the king said to Absalom , "No , my son , we should not all go , for we will be burdensome to you." Although he urged him, he would not go , but blessed him. 26  Then Absalom said , "If not, please let my brother Amnon go with us." And the king said to him, "Why should he go with you?" 27  But when Absalom urged him, he let Amnon and all the king's sons go with him. 28  Absalom commanded his servants , saying , "See now , when Amnon's heart is merry with wine , and when I say to you, 'Strike Amnon ,' then put him to death . Do not fear ; have not I myself commanded you? Be courageous and be valiant e ." 29  The servants of Absalom did to Amnon just as Absalom had commanded . Then all the king's sons arose and each mounted his mule and fled .

30  Now it was while they were on the way that the report came to David , saying , "Absalom has struck down all the king's sons , and not one of them is left ." 31  Then the king arose , tore his clothes and lay on the ground ; and all his servants were standing by with clothes torn . 32  Jonadab , the son of Shimeah , David's brother , responded e , "Do not let my lord suppose they have put to death all the young men , the king's sons , for Amnon alone is dead ; because by the intent of Absalom this has been determined since the day that he violated his sister Tamar . 33  "Now therefore, do not let my lord the king take the report to heart , namely , 'all the king's sons are dead ,' for only Amnon is dead ." 34  Now Absalom had fled . And the young man who was the watchman raised his eyes and looked , and behold , many people were coming from the road behind him by the side of the mountain . 35  Jonadab said to the king , "Behold , the king's sons have come ; according to your servant's word , so it happened ." 36  As soon as he had finished speaking , behold , the king's sons came and lifted their voices and wept ; and also the king and all his servants wept very bitterly e . 37  Now Absalom fled and went to Talmai the son of Ammihud , the king of Geshur . And David mourned for his son every day . 38  So Absalom had fled and gone to Geshur , and was there three years . 39  The heart of King David longed to go out to Absalom ; for he was comforted concerning Amnon , since he was dead .

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