II Samuel 12 (asv)
And Jehovah struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. 12:16David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. 12:17And the elders of his house arose, and stood beside him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. 12:18And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead; for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he hearkened not unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead! 12:19But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David perceived that the child was dead; and David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. 12:20Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel; and he came into the house of Jehovah, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. 12:21Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. 12:22And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who knoweth whether Jehovah will not be gracious to me, that the child may live? 12:23But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.
12:24And David comforted Bath-sheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon. And Jehovah loved him; 12:25and he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, for Jehovah's sake.
12:26Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and took the royal city. 12:27And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought against Rabbah; yea, I have taken the city of waters. 12:28Now therefore gather the rest of the people together, and encamp against the city, and take it; lest I take the city, and it be called after my name.12:29And David gathered all the people together, and went to Rabbah, and fought against it, and took it.12:30And he took the crown of their king from off his head; and the weight thereof was a talent of gold, and in it were precious stones; and it was set on David's head. And he brought forth the spoil of the city, exceeding much. 12:31And he brought forth the people that were therein, and put them under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and made them pass through the brickkiln: and thus did he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. And David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem.
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