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11:1,2 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time
when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with
him and all Israel and they destroyed the children of Ammon and besieged
Rabbah. But David tarried still
at Jerusalem. And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from
off his bed and walked upon the roof of the king's house and from the roof
he saw a woman washing herself and the woman was very beautiful to look
11:3,4 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is
not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
And David sent messengers and took her and she came in unto him and he
lay with her, for she was purified from her uncleanness.(Leviticus
15:24,25). And she returned unto her house.
11:5 And the woman conceived and sent and told David and said, I am
11:6-13 And David sent to Joab,
saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. And when
Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did and how the
people did and how the war prospered. And David said to Uriah, Go down
to thy house and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house
and there followed him a mess of meat from the king. But Uriah slept at
the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord and went
not down to his house. And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went
not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy
journey? Why then didst thou not go down unto thine house? And Uriah said
unto David, The ark and Israel and Judah, abide in tents and my lord Joab
and the servants of my lord are encamped in the open fields. Shall I then
go into mine house, to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? As thou
livest and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing. And David said
to Uriah, Tarry here to day also and to morrow I will let thee depart.
So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day and the morrow. And when David had
called him, he did eat and drink before him and he made him drunk. And
at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but
went not down to his house.
11:14,15 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter
to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying,
Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle and retire from him, that
he may be smitten and die.
11:16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned
Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.
11:17 And the men of the city went out and fought with Joab.(out
there with Joab, the head of this army division).
And there fell some of the people of the servants of David and Uriah the
Hittite died also.
11:26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead,
she mourned for her husband.
11:27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to
his house and she became his wife and bare him a son. But the thing that
David had done displeased the LORD.
12:1-7 And the LORD sent Nathan.(a
man of the Creator, a prophet
in the times of David and Solomon).unto
David. And he came unto him and said unto him, There were two men in one
city; the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many
flocks and herds. 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. And there came a traveler
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. And David's
anger was greatly kindled against the man and he said to Nathan, As the
LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die. And he
shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and because
he had no pity. And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man.
12:8 Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel
and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul.
And I gave thee thy master's house and thy 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.
12:9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do
evil in his sight? Thou 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.
12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house,
because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite
to be your wife.
12:11 Thus says the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against you
out of your own house and I will take your wives.(original
before thine eyes and give them unto your neighbour and he shall lie with
your wives in the sight of this sun.
12:12 For you did it secretly.(*);
but I will do this thing before all
and before the sun.
12:13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And
Nathan said unto David, The LORD also has put away your sin. You shall
12:14,15 Howbeit, because by this deed you have given great occasion
to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme,
the child also that is born unto you shall surely die. And Nathan departed
unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto
David and it was very sick.(here
we see the reap what you have
sown law come into effect in a manner that was heartrending
12:16-18 David therefore besought God for the child and David fasted
and went in and lay all night upon the earth. And the elders of his house
arose and went to him to raise him up from the earth.(off
the ground), but he would not, neither did he eat bread with
them. And it came to pass 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 spake unto him and he would
not hearken unto our voice. How will he then vex
figured that if he was that upset over the child's illness, we had better
not tell him the child is now dead, for how would he then behave?),
if we tell him that the child is dead?
12:19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived
that the child was dead; therefore David said unto his servants, Is the
child dead? And they said, He is dead.
12:20 Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself.(cleaned
himself up, combed his hair, changed his clothes).and
changed his apparel and came into the house of the LORD and worshipped.(wasn't
and/or angry at God not having saved the child). Then he
came to his own house and when he required.(time
to have something to eat), they set bread before him and
he did eat.
12:21,22 Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that you
have done? You did fast
and weep for the child, while it was alive, but when the child was dead,
you did rise and eat bread. And he said, While the child was yet alive,
I fasted and wept, for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious
to me, that the child may live?
12:23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him
back again? I shall go
to him, but he shall not return to me..(such
was the thinking in Old Testament times; today it's a much higher consciousness
those passed on)
12:24,25 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife and went in unto her
and lay with her and she bare a son and he called his name Solomon. And
the LORD loved him. And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet and he
called his name Jedidiah.(means
'beloved of the Creator'), because of the LORD.
12:26-29 And Joab fought against
important Ammonite city).of
the children of Ammon and took the
royal city. And Joab sent messengers to David
and said, I have fought against Rabbah and have taken the city of waters.
Now therefore gather the rest of the people together and encamp against
the city and take it, lest I take the city,and it be called after my name.(Joab
didn't want people to look to him as the hero as he was very loyal
to David). And David gathered all the people together and
went to Rabbah and fought against it and took it.
12:30 And he took their king's crown from off his head, the weight
whereof was a talent of gold with
the precious stones and it was set on David's head. And he brought forth
the spoil of the city in great abundance.
12:31 And he brought forth the people that were therein 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 did he unto all the cities of the
children of Ammon. So David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem..(comprised
is surprising and a thing to be deplored,
that in this and similar cases translators had not been more careful to
sift the sense of the original words by which they would have avoided a
profusion of exceptionable meanings with which they have clothed many passages
of the sacred writings. Though I believe our translation to be by far the
best in any language, ancient or modern, yet I am satisfied it stands much
in need of revision and this site, eternalkeys.ca is doing the needed revisions
so it's clear for readers. The meaning of this verse therefore is 'He made
the people slaves and employed them in sawing, making iron harrows or mining
and in hewing of wood and making of brick. The 'put them under saws' interpretation
here in 2Samuel 12:31 was chiefly taken from the parallel place 1Chronicles
20:3, where it says 'he cut them with saws and with axes', whereas
here in 2Samuel 12:31 it states 'he put them' and these two words
differ from each other only in a part of a single letter in the original
writings, an easy error for translators to make. Sawing asunder, hacking,
chopping and hewing human beings, have no place in this text, as David
earlier showed forgiveness
to one who tried to kill him and David
was kind hearted, unlike the conduct of the Ammonites