And the Lord sent aNathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, bThere were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. 2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: 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. 5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, cAs the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing ||shall surely die: 6 And he shall restore the lamb dfourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. 7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I eanointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 8 And I gave thee thy master’s house, and fthy 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 gdespised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? hthou 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. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; ibecause thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. 11 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will ktake thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. 13 lAnd David said unto Nathan, mI have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath nput away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
Heb. morsel. Gen. 18:5.
See Ruth 3:13.
See Num. 15:31.
Comp. 1 Sam. 15:24.
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