12 So then Yahweh sent Nathan the prophet unto David,—who therefore came unto him and said to him—Two men there were in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor.
2 The rich man had flocks and herds exceeding many;
3 whereas the poor man had nothing—save one little lamb, which he had made his own, and sustained, and it had grown up with him and with his children, all together,—of his own morsel used it to eat, and out of his own cup used it to drink, and in his own bosom used it to lie, and it was to him as a daughter.
4 Now there came a traveller to the rich man, but he thought it a pity to take of his own flock, or his own herd, to make ready for the wayfarer who had come to him,—so he took the lamb of his poor neighbour, and made ready for the man who had come to him.
5 Then was kindled the anger of David against the man, fiercely,—and he said unto Nathan, By the life of Yahweh, doomed to death is the man that hath done this;
6 and the lamb shall he pay back sevenfold,—because he did this thing, and for that he had no pity.
7 Then said Nathan unto David: Thou art the man! Thus saith Yahweh, God of Israel—I anointed thee to be king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
8 and gave unto thee the household of thy lord, and the wives of thy lord into thy bosom, and gave unto thee the house of Israel and Judah. And if this had been too little, I could have further given thee more and more of such things.
9 Wherefore hast thou despised the word of Yahweh by doing that which is wicked in mine eyes? Uriah the Hittite hast thou smitten with the sword, and his wife hast thou taken to thyself to wife, yea, him hast thou slain with the sword of the sons of Ammon!
10 Now, therefore, the sword shall not depart from thy house unto age-abiding times,—because thou hast despised me, and taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.
11 Thus saith Yahweh—Behold me! raising up over thee calamity out of thine own household, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give unto thy neighbour and he will lie with thy wives, in the eyes of this sun.
12 For thou didst it in secret,—but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against Yahweh. Then said Nathan unto David—Yahweh also hath put away thy sin, thou shalt not die!
14 Nevertheless, because thou hast greatly blasphemed Yahweh, by this thing the very son that is born to thee shall die.
15 And Nathan departed unto his own house,—and Yahweh struck the child that the wife of Uriah had borne unto David, and it fell sick.
16 David therefore earnestly sought God in behalf of the boy,—and David kept a fast, and used to go in and pass the night and lie upon the ground.
17 And the elders of his house stood up over him, to raise him from the ground,—but he would not, neither would he eat food with them.
18 And it came to pass, on the seventh day, that the child died,—but the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead, for said they—Lo! while the child was living, we spake unto him and he hearkened not unto our voice, how then can we say unto him, The child is dead, and so he do [himself] harm?
19 But when David saw that his servants were whispering among themselves, then understood David that the child was dead,—and David said unto his servants—Is the child dead? And they answered—Dead!
20 Then David arose from the ground, and bathed and anointed and changed his apparel, and entering into the house of Yahweh bowed himself down,—then came he into his own house, and asked and they set before him food and he did eat.
21 Then said his servants unto him, What is this thing that thou hast done? For the child’s sake, while living, thou didst fast and weep, but as soon as the child was dead thou didst arise and eat food.
22 And he said—While yet the child lived, I fasted and wept,—for I said—Who knoweth whether Yahweh may not grant me favour and the child live?
23 But now that he is dead, wherefore should I go on fasting? can I bring him back again? I am going unto him, but he will not come back unto me.
24 And David consoled Bath-sheba his wife, and went in unto her and lay with her,—and she bare a son and called his name Solomon, and Yahweh loved him.
25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet, and called his name Jedidiah [Beloved of Yah] for Yahweh’s sake.
26 And Joab fought against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon,—and captured the royal city.
27 Then Joab sent messengers unto David,—and said—I have fought against Rabbah, I have also captured the city of the waters.
28 Now, therefore, gather thou together the rest of the people, and encamp against the city and capture it,—lest I capture the city, and it be called by my name.
29 So David gathered together all the people and went to Rabbah,—and fought against it, and captured it.
30 Then took he the crown of Milcom from off his head, the weight thereof being a talent of gold, with the precious stones, and it remained on the head of David,—the spoil of the city also brought he forth in great abundance;
31 the people also that were therein brought he forth and put them to the saw and to threshing sledges of iron and to axes of iron, and made them pass through the brick-kiln, and thus used he to do unto all the cities of the sons of Ammon. And David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem.