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 (Traditional)

撒母耳記下 12


1耶和華派拿單先知去見大衛。拿單對大衛說:「一座城裡有兩個人,一個富有,一個貧窮。 富人擁有許多牛羊, 窮人除了自己買來養的一隻母羊羔以外,什麼也沒有。他悉心飼養母羊羔,讓牠跟自己的兒女一起長大,他吃什麼,羊也吃什麼,他喝什麼,羊也喝什麼,還睡在他的懷中,就像他的女兒一樣。 一天,富人家中來了客人,他捨不得拿自己的牛羊款待客人,卻宰了窮人的羊給客人吃。」 大衛聽後非常憤怒,對拿單說:「我憑永活的耶和華起誓,這人實在該死! 他真是沒有半點憐憫之心,他必須償還那窮人四倍!」

拿單對大衛說:「那人就是你!以色列的上帝耶和華這樣說,『我膏立你做以色列的王,從掃羅手中救你, 將你主人的家業和妻妾交給你,把以色列和猶大的國權賜給你。倘若還不夠,我會再加倍地賜給你。 你為什麼蔑視我的命令,做出我視為可憎的事呢?你藉亞捫人的刀殺了赫人烏利亞,把他的妻子據為己有。 10 因為你藐視我,把赫人烏利亞的妻子據為己有,從今以後,殺戮流血的事必永不離開你的家。』 11 耶和華說,『我要在你家中降下災禍,我要當著你的面把你的妻妾交給你的近臣,他必在光天化日之下與她們行淫。 12 你在暗地裡做這惡事,我要讓這樣的惡事當著以色列人的面在光天化日之下臨到你。』」 13 大衛對拿單說:「我得罪了耶和華。」拿單說:「耶和華已經赦免了你的罪,使你不致死亡。 14 但你做的醜事給了仇敵褻瀆耶和華的機會,所以你這個孩子必定死。」 15 拿單說完,便回家去了。

耶和華擊打烏利亞的妻子給大衛生的孩子,使他患重病。 16 大衛為這孩子向上帝哀求,並且禁食,他進到裡面,整夜躺在地上。 17 宮裡的老臣在旁邊伺候,想要扶他起來,他卻不肯,也不肯與他們一同吃飯。 18 到了第七日,孩子死了。大衛的臣僕都不敢把這消息告訴他,因為他們心裡想:「孩子還活著的時候,我們勸他,他尚且不聽,若告訴他孩子死了,他會怎樣折磨自己呢?」 19 大衛看見他們交頭接耳,知道孩子死了,便問他們:「孩子死了?」他們答道:「是的,他死了。」 20 大衛聽後,便從地上起來,沐浴更衣,抹上香膏,然後到耶和華的殿去敬拜。他回宮以後,吩咐人擺上食物,自己開始用膳。 21 他的臣僕詫異地問他:「我們真不明白,孩子還活著的時候,你禁食、哀哭。孩子死了,你反倒起來進食。」 22 大衛說:「不錯,孩子活著的時候我禁食、哀哭,因為我想也許耶和華會向我開恩,讓他活命。 23 但現在他既然死了,我禁食又有什麼用呢?能讓他起死回生嗎?我必去他那裡,他卻不能返回這裡了。」

24 大衛安慰妻子拔示芭,與她同房,她便生了一個兒子。大衛給孩子取名叫所羅門。耶和華喜愛這孩子, 25 祂差遣拿單先知去賜給他一個名字——耶底底亞,意思是耶和華喜愛他。


26 那時,約押正攻打亞捫人的都城拉巴。 27 他派人去向大衛稟告說:「我攻打拉巴,已經佔領了城的水源。 28 請你趕快帶領其餘的兵馬前來圍攻并佔領這城,免得我攻取這城以後,人們用我的名字為這城命名。」 29 於是,大衛便召集了所有的人去攻打拉巴,攻陷了那城, 30 奪取了亞捫王頭上的金冠。這金冠重達三十四公斤,上面還鑲了寶石,人們將它戴在大衛頭上。大衛從城裡得到許多戰利品, 31 又把城裡的人帶出來,讓他們從事鋸木、耕田、砍樹和做磚的工作。他用同樣的方式對待亞捫其他城邑的居民。之後,大衛和全軍返回耶路撒冷。