New International Reader's Version

2 Samuel 12

Nathan Tells David He Has Sinned

1The Lord sent the prophet Nathan to David. When Nathan came to him, he said, “Two men lived in the same town. One was rich. The other was poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle. But all the poor man had was one little female lamb. He had bought it. He raised it. It grew up with him and his children. It shared his food. It drank from his cup. It even slept in his arms. It was just like a daughter to him.

“One day a traveler came to the rich man. The rich man wanted to prepare a meal for him. But he didn’t want to kill one of his own sheep or cattle. Instead, he took the little female lamb that belonged to the poor man. Then the rich man cooked it for the traveler who had come to him.”

David was very angry with the rich man. He said to Nathan, “The man who did this must die! And that’s just as sure as the Lord is alive. The man must pay back four times as much as that lamb was worth. How could he do such a thing? And he wasn’t even sorry he had done it.”

Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! The Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘I anointed you king over Israel. I saved you from Saul. I gave you everything that belonged to your master Saul. I even put his wives into your arms. I made you king over all the people of Israel and Judah. And if all of that had not been enough for you, I would have given you even more. Why did you turn your back on what I told you to do? You did what is evil in my sight. You made sure that Uriah, the Hittite, would be killed in battle. You took his wife to be your own. You let the men of Ammon kill him with their swords. 10 So time after time members of your own royal house will be killed with swords. That’s because you turned your back on me. You took the wife of Uriah, the Hittite, to be your own.’

11 “The Lord also says, ‘I am going to bring trouble on you. It will come from your own family. I will take your wives away. Your own eyes will see it. I will give your wives to a man who is close to you. He will sleep with them in the middle of the day. 12 You committed your sins in secret. But I will make sure that the man commits his sin in the middle of the day. Everyone in Israel will see it.’ ”

13 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. 14 But you have dared to show great disrespect for the Lord. So the son who has been born to you will die.”

15 Nathan went home. Then the Lord made David’s child very sick. That was the child David had by Uriah’s wife. 16 David begged God to heal the child. David didn’t eat anything. He spent his nights lying on the ground. He put on the rough clothes people wear when they’re sad. 17 His most trusted servants stood beside him. They wanted him to get up from the ground. But he refused to do it. And he wouldn’t eat any food with them.

18 On the seventh day the child died. David’s attendants were afraid to tell him the child was dead. They thought, “While the child was still alive, we spoke to David. But he wouldn’t listen to us. So how can we now tell him the child is dead? He might do something terrible to himself.”

19 David saw that his attendants were whispering to one another. Then he realized the child was dead. “Has the child died?” he asked.

“Yes,” they replied. “He’s dead.”

20 Then David got up from the ground. After he washed himself, he put on lotions. He changed his clothes. He went into the house of the Lord and worshiped him. Then he went to his own house. He asked for some food. They served it to him. And he ate it.

21 His attendants asked him, “Why are you acting like this? While the child was still alive, you wouldn’t eat anything. You cried a lot. But now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!”

22 He answered, “While the child was still alive, I didn’t eat anything. And I cried a lot. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord might have mercy on me. He might let the child live.’ 23 But now he’s dead. So why should I continue to go without food? Can I bring him back to life again? Someday I’ll go to him. But he won’t return to me.”

24 Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba. He went to her and slept with her. Some time later she had a son. He was given the name Solomon. The Lord loved him. 25 So the Lord sent a message through Nathan the prophet. The Lord said, “Name the boy Jedidiah.”

26 During that time, Joab fought against Rabbah. It was the royal city of the Ammonites. It had high walls around it. Joab was about to capture it. 27 He sent messengers to David. He told them to say, “I have fought against Rabbah. I’ve taken control of its water supply. 28 So bring the rest of the troops together. Surround the city and get ready to attack it. Then capture it. If you don’t, I’ll capture it myself. Then it will be named after me.”

29 So David brought together the whole army and went to Rabbah. He attacked it and captured it. 30 David took the gold crown off the head of the king of Ammon. Then the crown was placed on David’s head. The crown weighed 75 pounds. It had jewels in it. David took a huge amount of goods from the city. 31 He brought out the people who were there. He made them work with saws and iron picks and axes. He forced them to make bricks. David did that to all the towns in Ammon. Then he and his entire army returned to Jerusalem.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

撒母耳记下 12

拿单斥责大卫

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。

大卫打败亚扪人

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。