Amplified Bible

2 Samuel 12

Nathan Rebukes David

1And the Lord sent Nathan [the prophet] to David. He came and said to him,

“There were two men in a city, one rich and the other poor.

“The rich man had a very large number of flocks and herds,

But the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb
Which he had purchased and nourished;
And it grew up together with him and his children.
It ate his food, drank from his cup, it lay in his arms,
And was like a daughter to him.

“Now a traveler (visitor) came to the rich man,
And to avoid taking one from his own flock or herd
To prepare [a meal] for the traveler who had come to him,
He took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for [a]his guest.”

Then David’s anger burned intensely against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die. He shall make restitution for the ewe lamb four times as much [as the lamb was worth], because he did this thing and had no compassion.”

Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you as king over Israel, and I spared you from the hand of Saul. I also gave you your master’s house, and put your master’s wives into your [b]care and under your protection, and I gave you the house (royal dynasty) of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have given you much more! 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 and have taken his wife to be your wife. You have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because 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 stir up evil against you from your [c]own household; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your companion, and he will lie with your wives in [d]broad daylight. 12 Indeed you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, and [e]in broad daylight.’” 13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has allowed your sin to pass [without further punishment]; you shall not die. 14 Nevertheless, because by this deed you have given [a great] opportunity to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme [Him], the son that is born to you shall certainly die.” 15 Then Nathan went [back] to his home.

Loss of a Child

And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s widow bore to David, and he was very sick. 16 David therefore appealed to God for the child [to be healed]; and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood by him [in the night] to lift him up from the ground, but he was unwilling [to get up] and would not eat food with them. 18 Then it happened on the seventh day that the child died. David’s servants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “While the child was still alive, we spoke to him and he would not listen to our voices. How then can we tell him the child is dead, since he might harm himself [or us]?” 19 But when David saw that his servants were whispering to one another, he realized that the child was dead. So David said to them, “Is the child dead?” And they said, “He is dead.” 20 Then David got up from the ground, washed, anointed himself [with olive oil], changed his clothes, and went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he came [back] to his own house, and when he asked, 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 got up and ate food.” 22 David said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I thought, ‘Who knows, the Lord may be gracious to me and the child may live.’ 23 But now he is dead; why should I [continue to] fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him [when I die], but he will not return to me.”

Solomon Born

24 David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and went to her and lay with her; and she gave birth to a son, and David named him Solomon. And the Lord loved the child; 25 and He sent word through Nathan the prophet, and he named him Jedidiah (beloved of the Lord) for the sake of the Lord [who loved the child].

War Again

26 Now Joab fought against [f]Rabbah of the Ammonites and captured the royal city. 27 Joab sent messengers to David and said, “I have fought against Rabbah; I have even taken the city of waters. 28 So now, assemble the rest of the men, and camp against the city and capture it, or I will take the city myself, and it will be named after me.” 29 So David gathered all the men together and went to Rabbah, then fought against it and captured it. 30 And he took the crown of their king from his head; it weighed a [g]talent of gold, and [set in it was] a precious stone; and it was placed on David’s head. And he brought the spoil out of the city in great amounts. 31 He also brought out the people who were there, and put them to [work with] the saws and sharp iron instruments and iron axes, and made them work at the brickkiln. And he did this to all the Ammonite cities. Then David and all the men returned to Jerusalem.


  1. 2 Samuel 12:4 Lit the man who had come to him.
  2. 2 Samuel 12:8 Lit bosom.
  3. 2 Samuel 12:11 This prophesy was fulfilled by David’s lawless children: Amnon’s attack on his half-sister Tamar (13:14) and his subsequent murder by his half-brother Absalom (13:28, 29); Absalom’s escape to a foreign land (13:38) and his three years in exile, followed by his estrangement from David for two more years (14:28); Absalom’s deliberate, rebellious attempt to win the hearts of the people and supplant his father (15:6); David’s flight from Jerusalem, with the mass of the people against him (15:14), the terrible battle in the forest of Ephraim, won by David’s forces, with Absalom killed in flight (18:6). David’s heartbreak is echoed repeatedly in the history of these tragedies (2 Sam 13:1; 19:4) and in some of his psalms. Even when David was dying, his son Adonijah was attempting to usurp the throne, and was later executed as a traitor (1 Kin 1:5; 2:25).
  4. 2 Samuel 12:11 Lit the sight of this sun.
  5. 2 Samuel 12:12 Lit before the sun.
  6. 2 Samuel 12:26 The modern city of Amman, Jordan, is located approximately on the same site as Rabbah.
  7. 2 Samuel 12:30 I.e. about 75 lbs. If the crown actually weighed 75 lbs. it must have been used primarily as a decorative symbol of power.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

撒母耳记下 12


1耶和华派拿单先知去见大卫。拿单对大卫说:“一座城里有两个人,一个富有,一个贫穷。 富人拥有许多牛羊, 穷人除了自己买来养的一只母羊羔以外,什么也没有。他悉心饲养母羊羔,让它跟自己的儿女一起长大,他吃什么,羊也吃什么,他喝什么,羊也喝什么,还睡在他的怀中,就像他的女儿一样。 一天,富人家中来了客人,他舍不得拿自己的牛羊款待客人,却宰了穷人的羊给客人吃。” 大卫听后非常愤怒,对拿单说:“我凭永活的耶和华起誓,这人实在该死! 他真是没有半点怜悯之心,他必须偿还那穷人四倍!”

拿单对大卫说:“那人就是你!以色列的上帝耶和华这样说,‘我膏立你做以色列的王,从扫罗手中救你, 将你主人的家业和妻妾交给你,把以色列和犹大的国权赐给你。倘若还不够,我会再加倍地赐给你。 你为什么蔑视我的命令,做出我视为可憎的事呢?你借亚扪人的刀杀了赫人乌利亚,把他的妻子据为己有。 10 因为你藐视我,把赫人乌利亚的妻子据为己有,从今以后,杀戮流血的事必永不离开你的家。’ 11 耶和华说,‘我要在你家中降下灾祸,我要当着你的面把你的妻妾交给你的近臣,他必在光天化日之下与她们行淫。 12 你在暗地里做这恶事,我要让这样的恶事当着以色列人的面在光天化日之下临到你。’” 13 大卫对拿单说:“我得罪了耶和华。”拿单说:“耶和华已经赦免了你的罪,使你不致死亡。 14 但你做的丑事给了仇敌亵渎耶和华的机会,所以你这个孩子必定死。” 15 拿单说完,便回家去了。

耶和华击打乌利亚的妻子给大卫生的孩子,使他患重病。 16 大卫为这孩子向上帝哀求,并且禁食,他进到里面,整夜躺在地上。 17 宫里的老臣在旁边伺候,想要扶他起来,他却不肯,也不肯与他们一同吃饭。 18 到了第七日,孩子死了。大卫的臣仆都不敢把这消息告诉他,因为他们心里想:“孩子还活着的时候,我们劝他,他尚且不听,若告诉他孩子死了,他会怎样折磨自己呢?” 19 大卫看见他们交头接耳,知道孩子死了,便问他们:“孩子死了?”他们答道:“是的,他死了。” 20 大卫听后,便从地上起来,沐浴更衣,抹上香膏,然后到耶和华的殿去敬拜。他回宫以后,吩咐人摆上食物,自己开始用膳。 21 他的臣仆诧异地问他:“我们真不明白,孩子还活着的时候,你禁食、哀哭。孩子死了,你反倒起来进食。” 22 大卫说:“不错,孩子活着的时候我禁食、哀哭,因为我想也许耶和华会向我开恩,让他活命。 23 但现在他既然死了,我禁食又有什么用呢?能让他起死回生吗?我必去他那里,他却不能返回这里了。”

24 大卫安慰妻子拔示芭,与她同房,她便生了一个儿子。大卫给孩子取名叫所罗门。耶和华喜爱这孩子, 25 祂差遣拿单先知去赐给他一个名字——耶底底亚,意思是耶和华喜爱他。


26 那时,约押正攻打亚扪人的都城拉巴。 27 他派人去向大卫禀告说:“我攻打拉巴,已经占领了城的水源。 28 请你赶快带领其余的兵马前来围攻并占领这城,免得我攻取这城以后,人们用我的名字为这城命名。” 29 于是,大卫便召集了所有的人去攻打拉巴,攻陷了那城, 30 夺取了亚扪王头上的金冠。这金冠重达三十四公斤,上面还镶了宝石,人们将它戴在大卫头上。大卫从城里得到许多战利品, 31 又把城里的人带出来,让他们从事锯木、耕田、砍树和做砖的工作。他用同样的方式对待亚扪其他城邑的居民。之后,大卫和全军返回耶路撒冷。