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2 Samuel 12:15-16

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12:15 Then Nathan went to his home. The Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and the child became very ill. 1  12:16 Then David prayed to 2  God for the child and fasted. 3  He would even 4  go and spend the night lying on the ground.

1 tn Heb “and the Lord struck the child…and he was ill.” It is necessary to repeat “the child” in the translation to make clear who became ill, since “the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became very ill” could be understood to mean that David himself became ill.

2 tn Heb “sought” or “searched for.”

3 tn Heb “and David fasted.”

4 tn The three Hebrew verbs that follow in this verse are perfects with prefixed vav. They may describe repeated past actions or actions which accompanied David’s praying and fasting.



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