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2 Samuel 12:7-12

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12:7 Nathan said to David, “You are that man! This is what the Lord God of Israel says: ‘I chose 1  you to be king over Israel and I rescued you from the hand of Saul. 12:8 I gave you your master’s house, and put your master’s wives into your arms. 2  I also gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all that somehow seems insignificant, I would have given you so much more as well! 12:9 Why have you shown contempt for the word of the Lord by doing evil in my 3  sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and you have taken his wife as your own! 4  You have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 12:10 So now the sword will never depart from your house. For you have despised me by taking the wife of Uriah the Hittite as your own!’ 12:11 This is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to bring disaster on you 5  from inside your own household! 6  Right before your eyes I will take your wives and hand them over to your companion. 7  He will have sexual relations with 8  your wives in broad daylight! 9  12:12 Although you have acted in secret, I will do this thing before all Israel, and in broad daylight.’” 10 

1 tn Heb “anointed.”

2 tn Heb “and the wives of your lord into your chest [or “lap”].” The words “I put” are supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons and for clarification.

3 tc So the Qere; the Kethib has “his.”

4 tn Heb “to you for a wife.” This expression also occurs at the end of v. 10.

5 tn Heb “raise up against you disaster.”

6 tn Heb “house” (so NAB, NRSV); NCV, TEV, CEV “family.”

7 tn Or “friend.”

8 tn Heb “will lie with” (so NIV, NRSV); TEV “will have intercourse with”; CEV, NLT “will go to bed with.”

9 tn Heb “in the eyes of this sun.”

10 tn Heb “and before the sun.”



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