2 Samuel Chapter 12

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2 Samuel 12

1 And the Lord sent Nathan 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.

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, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:

6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, 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 anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;

8 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.

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.

10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because 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 take 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 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.

15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto 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 earth.

17 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.

18 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 himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?

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.

20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.

21 Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.

22 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?

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.

24 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.

25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.

26 And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and took the royal city.

27 And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought against Rabbah, and 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 be 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 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.

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.

34 thoughts on “2 Samuel Chapter 12

  1. 14. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.

    The death toll from David’s sin continued to rise.

    James 1:
    14. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
    15. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

    But all hope was not lost…

    13. And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

  2. In the beginning of this chapter, we see David’s confession of what he has done (he did this after Nathan, the prophet revealed what he had done through the story he told David). David could have denied any wrong doing; but, he confessed when he realized it was he that Nathan spoke of. In the middle of the chapter, we see the high price of sin. David’s sin lead to the death of his own son. Our actions and decisions do touch the lives of the ones around us, not just us. Lord I pray that you be in the midst of it all……. every decision, every thought, every word, every action be through You.

  3. Judge not

    5 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:

    6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, 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 anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;

    We are so quick to judge when is someone else. Here David gives this men the death sentence with restoring four folds the property. Sad to say he judge himself.
    Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

    The one thing about David is that his repentance was immediately and true. He had no problem with falling on his face before God.
    2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

    Our world needs repentance and healing for God to return His Favor upon our Country.

  4. 13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

    14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.

  5. 2 Samuel 12:12, “For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.”

    St. Luke 12:2, “For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.”
    1 Cor. 4:5, “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the LORD come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall every man have praise of God.”

    If you think your doing “IT” (any sin) in secret, You’re Not! God knows and sees ALL things. It will come to light. Numbers 32:23, “…: and be sure your sin will find you out.”

  6. 13 Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin.
    14 Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for the word of the Lord by doing this, your child will die.”

    The wage for David’s sin unfortunately was the literal death of his son. For a parent I’d imagine this would be even worse. Sin is no joke, consequences will be served.

  7. THOUGH ART THE MAN (YOU ARE THE MAN)

    7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
    8 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.
    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.
    10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because 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 take 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 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
    14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.

    Those words have instilled the “Fear of GOD” in my heart for years. In our society the the words “You are the man” are typically used to promote someone or complement an accomplishment. However in this passage we learn that it was actually the man of GOD identifying the sin of the King.

    Self revelation is our greatest answer to prayer. Nathan the prophet presented the facts to King David and the King made the judgement call. How convicting it is to call out someones transgressions only to realize that we ourselves are GUILTY.

    Numbers 32:23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out.

    Sin is PROUD and ARROGANT and loves to flaunt its accomplishments, it is like a gossip, it spreads like a deadly diseased rumor. Sin loves to be promoted and people love to promote sin.

    However,

    Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    My prayer today is that we strive to BE THE MAN (WOMAN) that GOD can brag on. Win a soul, share your testimony, teach a bible study, forgive someone, love everybody! Lets have REVIVAL!

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  8. 20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.

    David went and worshipped.
    The prophet of God came to David with a simple story that brought David back into the realization of exactly what he had done himself. His mind seemed to be fooled or clouded by his disobedience. He was so quick to want to judge someone else when he himself was the one the prophet Nathan was speaking about. Yet this verse shows that even after his child died where do we find David?
    He went back to the the house of the Lord and worshipped.
    Do you you think he mentally and physically felt like doing this probably not but he knew where his strength came from. Worship. I have always been told there is nothing you cannot worship your way out of. I do not know where I would be if it had not been for the house of worship and for those around me I see worshipping. Worship is the way the battle is won.

  9. 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.

    20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.

    David knew were his help came from. He knew that even though he was hurt by the loss of his son worship could heal him. He realized that God was still in control no matter what happened so he gave God glory in the middle of his situation

  10. God has a way of revealing to us areas of our lives that we must improve and grow in. He used the wisdom of the prophet to bring about the sin David had committed.

    God will use His word either written or through an individual to shine His light into our heart that we may search ourselves and prune roots of anything that lead us down the slippery slope of sin.

  11. “And Nathan departed unto his house. And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. 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: 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 himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? 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. Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭12:15-20‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    When we place a situation in Gods hands or when God takes the situation out of our hands and into his we seem to do as David did intercede and fast for the situation. But when God takes over and does the opposite of what we want, David’s reaction should be what we should do.

  12. 20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.

    Even in anguish David still praised and worshipped the Lord.

  13. iLove to Grow in the Word

    Samuel 12:8 NLT I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more.

    The Lord is willing and able to give us far more than we could ever imagine. The challenge is that we resist doing those things that would cause a curse to come upon us thereby causing us to miss out on the blessings of God

  14. Olivia
    Jesus told Nathan to got King David that what he did was wrong. David said that the person who did the wrong thing should die. Then Nathan told David that David did the wrong thing.

    Joseph
    When the guy died it was because David killed him. That made david’s son die.

    Michael
    When David got married to Bathsheba it was because he killed Bathsheba’s husband. Nathan came in and said he did a wrong thing ( just like in Veggie Tales). When David realized he did wrong Nathan told him that he wouldn’t die, but his son would. At the end of the chapter David had Solomon.

    Nicole

    Jesus Doesn’t have to Tell You Everything

    “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.”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭12:19‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    David didn’t to hear from God. He just used his eyes and perceived what he thought might have happened. He didn’t just act on it though, he asked questions to see if his perception was correct. After his suspicions were confirmed, then he acted. We too need to used the senses we have to help with decisions. We need to talk to God, look diligently for changes or evidence, and then ask questions. After we get answers, then we should act.

  15. 2 Samuel 12:30 (NLT)
    30 David removed the crown from the king’s head, and it was placed on his own head. The crown was made of gold and set with gems, and it weighed seventy-five pounds. David took a vast amount of plunder from the city.

    David was caught. He sinned before the Lord. He committed adultery and had the woman’s husband killed.

    Then he is given great victory over the ammonites.

    Something doesn’t seem right. If David just sinned why does he now have victory over the enemy?

    Our victory over the enemy is not an indication of if we are right with God. His will in our lives supersedes our mistakes, and failures. If we sin he will forgive us, but it doesn’t necessarily negate the success of ministry.

    This is why it is important for us to live a life of repentance before God.

  16. 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, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:

    6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, 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 anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;

    How quickly we as humans tend to look at others and point out their flaws. Part of being a good leader is to look at yourself first. Thank God that he had a voice and gave permision to the prophet to speak into his life. Accountability is the way to grow. What if no one had ever told him he was wrong and in sin? It would have been even worse for him. It is important to allow someone to be that voice and to look at analyze oursleves first. A great quality we see David act on was that ye was quick to repent.

  17. And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

    The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christina our Lord. He is what this world needs.

  18. “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.” The word of God (Jesus) identified selflessness. Joab rightfully could have received the city; however he was content with serving. One should not grow weary in well doing, for the King (God) will repay on the day appointed. Dear God, help us that we may be content and that we keep our focus on you, in Jesus name. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  19. “Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.” The key here is David understood the necessity of worship. We all will face circumstances in life; however the key is understanding the necessity of worship. God help us to see the significance of worship, in Jesus name.

  20. 12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.

    Alot of times we do stuff , we think no one knows, no one sees, we revel in our secrets, GOD KNOWS…The Bible says in Luke 8:17. 17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

  21. The LORD used Nathan to seek out the sin of David. No matter how good it looks; sin is sin. Man may say hey that’s alright we’ve all done it, but my conviction says that it’s not alright. GOD isn’t going to say alright Joseph that lie you told wasn’t that big; you may enter the kingdom. Oh no, quite the opposite will happen. Lie, steal, cheat, kill, and all the others are the same in GOD’s eyes. No matter what; sin is sin. GOD will turn away from me and say I never knew you.

  22. 24 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.

    25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.

    26 And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and took the royal city.

    The bible says thou shalt not kill that is commandment 6. Exodus 20:13

    Thank you Jesus………Amen
    This is Dakota Krier

  23. “From this time on, your family will live by the sword because you have despised me by taking Uriah’s wife to be your own.”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭12:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    Prophecy was still fulfilled. Jesus was a descendent Of David. And Jesus died a violent death.

    “But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.””
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭12:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    When you start fasting and get what you asked or your question is already answered. There’s no more point in fasting. The lord has released you.

  24. The courage to call out the king.

    If anyone else besides a proven man of God would have told David that he was wrong, they may of had their head cut off. Mighty men normally don’t take correction very well. You would need to know that you know that God has spoken to you and have the reputation to back it up. Without the reputation for being a man of God and hearin from God Nathan’s words would have fallen short. It is so important to live a life that showes your relationship with God, let him work through you and stay humble in all of it so that when your time comes to give the word it won’t fall on deaf ears but it could turn tides and save lives.

  25. 8 I gave you your master’s daughter and other wives to have and to hold. I gave you both Israel and Judah. And if that hadn’t been enough, I’d have gladly thrown in much more.

    God blesses us with so much like he does to David. Blessings are conditional upon our obedience and willingness to use it for His glory. He allowed greed and lust to overtake him and operate in opposition with God. For his actions this makes him an enemy of God and in line for punishment. The tables turn and God promises that David will now experience the same pain he has caused others. The judgment that Nathan describes is fulfilled in 2 Sam 16:22. Solomon, who is later born to David and Bathsheba, writes “For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing” What David thought he did in secrecy will come to light for all to see. Our sins will find us out because we are not meant to sit in darkness but walk in his marvelous light.

  26. 22 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?

    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.

    We can’t let bad things or mistakes in this life hold us back from moving forward to the great things God has ahead of us.

  27. 21 “Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.22 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? 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.”

    What a great lesson to glean from this chapter. David interceded for the child and fasted while the child was alive because there was still hope that his situation could turn around. Yet, the moment he perceived the child was dead verse 20 says

    20 “Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.”

    1. He got up
    2. washed himself
    3. anointed himself
    4. changed his apparel
    5. comforted his wife
    6. conceived again

    After tragic situations in our lives we need to learn from David and get up and lead other to healing. David could have become bitter and cursed God but he was a man after God’s heart and that means even in correction. He had to accept his responsibility and consequences.

    We cannot choose to be disciples of Christ only in the good stuff but we have to be willing to be disciples in the hard stuff too.

    It is hard to see a child die naturally and spiritually. Yet it is apart of life, and we have to trust God that He knows what he’s doing and will work everything out.

  28. God used a prophet to reveal the truth to David. David had sinned and because he was so caught up in himself he could not see it in its full form. Sometimes God will use others to help steer you in the direction of your revelation.

  29. 2 Samuel 12:7 Then Nathan said to David you are the man! This is what the Lord the God of Israel says I anointed you King over Israel and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you and your master’s wife into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah and if all this had been too little I would have given you more. Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with a sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now therefore the sword will never depart from your house because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.

  30. Verses 10-11 say that God will raise up evil in David’s own house because of his sin of adultery and murder. Not only did the child die, but there will be more heartbreak for David. While David loves Bathsheba, he is paying and will pay a terrible price.

  31. “Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You aren’t going to die.”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭12:13‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

    David didn’t get puffed up and demand respect. He humbled himself and repented. 

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