2 Samuel 12 NLT
1 So the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this
story: “There were two men in a certain town. One was
rich, and one was poor.
2 The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle.
3 The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he
had bought. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up
with his children. It ate from the man’s own plate and
drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a
4 One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man.
But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or
herd, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and
prepared it for his guest.”
5 David was furious. “As surely as the Lord lives,” he
vowed, “any man who would do such a thing
deserves to die!
6 He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one
he stole and for having no pity.”
7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are that man! The
Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king of
Israel and saved you from the power of Saul.
8 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
9 Why, then, have you despised the word of the Lord
and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered
Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and
stolen his wife.
10 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.
11 “This is what the Lord says: Because of what you have
done, I will cause your own household to rebel against
you. I will give your wives to another man before your
very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public
12 You did it secretly, but I will make this happen to you
openly in the sight of all Israel.”
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 Lord by doing this, your child will
15 After Nathan returned to his home, the Lord sent a
deadly illness to the child of David and Uriah’s wife.
16 David begged God to spare the child. He went
without food and lay all night on the bare ground.
17 The elders of his household pleaded with him to get up
and eat with them, but he refused.
18 Then on the seventh day the child died. David’s
advisers were afraid to tell him. “He wouldn’t listen to
reason while the child was ill,” they said. “What drastic
thing will he do when we tell him the child is dead?”
19 When David saw them whispering, he realized what
had happened. “Is the child dead?” he asked. “Yes,”
they replied, “he is dead.”
20 Then David got up from the ground, washed himself,
put on lotions, and changed his clothes. He went to
the Tabernacle and worshiped the Lord. After that, he
returned to the palace and was served food and ate.
21 His advisers were amazed. “We don’t understand
you,” they told him. “While the child was still living,
you wept and refused to eat. But now that the child
is dead, you have stopped your mourning and are
22 David replied, “I fasted and wept while the child was
alive, for I said, ‘Perhaps the Lord will be gracious to
me and let the child live.’
23 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.”
24 Then David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and slept
with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to a
son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved the
25 and sent word through Nathan the prophet that they
should name him Jedidiah (which means “beloved of
the Lord”), as the Lord had commanded.
26 Meanwhile, Joab was fighting against Rabbah,
the capital of Ammon, and he captured the royal
27 Joab sent messengers to tell David, “I have fought
against Rabbah and captured its water supply.
28 Now bring the rest of the army and capture the city.
Otherwise, I will capture it and get credit for the
29 So David gathered the rest of the army and went to
Rabbah, and he fought against it and captured it.
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
31 He also made slaves of the people of Rabbah and
forced them to labor with saws, iron picks, and iron
axes, and to work in the brick kilns. That is how he dealt
with the people of all the Ammonite towns. Then David
and all the army returned to Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 11:1-5 NLT – 1 In the spring of the year, when
kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the
Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. They destroyed the
Ammonite army and laid siege to the city of Rabbah.
However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem. 2 Late one
afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed
and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked
out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty
taking a bath. 3 He sent someone to find out who she
was, and he was told, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter
of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4 Then David
sent messengers to get her; and when she came to the
palace, he slept with her. She had just completed the
purification rites after having her menstrual period. Then she
returned home. 5 Later, when Bathsheba discovered that
she was pregnant, she sent David a message, saying, “I’m
Idleness is not the absence of activity but the
absence of purpose.
I. The Confrontation
A. The Illustration (vs. 1-4)
B. The Indignation (vs. 5-6)
C. The Identification (vs. 7-12)
II. The Confession (v. 13)
Psalm 32:3-5 CEV – 3 There was a time when
I wouldn’t admit what a sinner I was. But my
dishonesty made me miserable and filled my
days with frustration. 4 All day and all night your
hand was heavy on me. My strength evaporated
like water on a sunny day 5 until I finally admitted
all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide
them. I said to myself, “I will confess them to the
Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
III. The Consequences (vs. 14-15)
Consequences are the negative, natural chain
of events that occur because of poor choices
IV. Calamity (vs. 15-23)
Grief is the outpouring of emotions and pain that
express how you feel because of a significant
Types of Grief
1. Anticipatory grief – before loss
2. Bereavement grief – after loss
V. Closure (vs. 20-23)
VI. Continuation (vs. 26-31)
Matthew 15:21-22 NLT – 21 Then Jesus left Galilee
and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
22 A Gentile woman who lived there came to
him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son
of David! For my daughter is possessed by a
demon that torments her severely.”
Mark 10:46-47 NLT – 46 Then they reached
Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town,
a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar
named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting
beside the road. 47 When Bartimaeus heard
that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to
shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
2 Samuel 12 NLT