2 Samuel 12:13
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New International Version
Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." Nathan replied, "The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.

New Living Translation
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.

English Standard Version
David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.

New American Standard Bible
Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." And Nathan said to David, "The LORD also has taken away your sin; you shall not die.

King James Bible
And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
David responded to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." Then Nathan replied to David, "The LORD has taken away your sin; you will not die.

International Standard Version
At this point, David told Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." Nathan responded to David, "There's one other thing: the LORD has forgiven your sin. You won't die.

NET Bible
Then David exclaimed to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD!" Nathan replied to David, "Yes, and the LORD has forgiven your sin. You are not going to die.

New Heart English Bible
David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." Nathan said to David, "The LORD also has put away your sin. You will not die.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." Nathan replied, "The LORD has taken away your sin; you will not die.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And David said unto Nathan: 'I have sinned against the LORD.' And Nathan said unto David: 'The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

New American Standard 1977
Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has taken away your sin; you shall not die.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also has taken away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

King James 2000 Bible
And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.

American King James Version
And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said to David, The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.

American Standard Version
And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against Jehovah. And Nathan said unto David, Jehovah also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And David said to Nathan: I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said to David: The Lord also hath taken away thy sin: thou shalt not die.

Darby Bible Translation
And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against Jehovah. And Nathan said to David, Jehovah has also put away thy sin: thou shalt not die.

English Revised Version
And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

Webster's Bible Translation
And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said to David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

World English Bible
David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against Yahweh." Nathan said to David, "Yahweh also has put away your sin. You will not die.

Young's Literal Translation
And David saith unto Nathan, 'I have sinned against Jehovah.' And Nathan saith unto David, 'Also -- Jehovah hath caused thy sin to pass away; thou dost not die;
Study Bible
David's Loss and Repentance
12'Indeed you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, and under the sun.'" 13Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." And Nathan said to David, "The LORD also has taken away your sin; you shall not die. 14"However, because by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die."…
Cross References
Luke 18:13
But the tax collector stood at a distance, unwilling even to lift up his eyes to heaven. Instead, he beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner!'

Genesis 39:9
"There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?"

Leviticus 20:10
If there is a man who commits adultery with another man's wife, one who commits adultery with his friend's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

Leviticus 24:17
'If a man takes the life of any human being, he shall surely be put to death.

1 Samuel 15:24
Then Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned; I have indeed transgressed the command of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voice.

1 Samuel 15:30
Then he said, "I have sinned; but please honor me now before the elders of my people and before Israel, and go back with me, that I may worship the LORD your God."

2 Samuel 24:10
Now David's heart troubled him after he had numbered the people. So David said to the LORD, "I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O LORD, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have acted very foolishly."

1 Chronicles 21:8
David said to God, "I have sinned greatly, in that I have done this thing. But now, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly."

Job 33:27
"He will sing to men and say, 'I have sinned and perverted what is right, And it is not proper for me.

Psalm 51:4
Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is evil in Your sight, So that You are justified when You speak And blameless when You judge.
Treasury of Scripture

And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said to David, The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.

David

1 Samuel 15:20,24 And Saul said to Samuel, Yes, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, …

1 Kings 13:4 And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the man …

1 Kings 21:20 And Ahab said to Elijah, Have you found me, O my enemy? And he answered, …

1 Kings 22:8 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, …

2 Kings 1:9 Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And …

2 Chronicles 16:10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; …

2 Chronicles 24:20-22 And the Spirit of God came on Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, …

2 Chronicles 25:16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said to …

Matthew 14:3-5,10 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison …

I have sinned

2 Samuel 24:10 And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. …

1 Samuel 15:24,25,30 And Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the …

Job 7:20 I have sinned; what shall I do to you, O you preserver of men? why …

Job 33:27 He looks on men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that …

Psalm 32:3-5 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long…

Psalm 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your …

Proverbs 25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise …

Proverbs 28:13 He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoever confesses …

Luke 15:21 And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and …

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said …

1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth …

The Lord

Job 7:21 And why do you not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? …

Psalm 32:1,2 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered…

Psalm 130:3,4 If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand…

Isaiah 6:5-7 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean …

Isaiah 38:17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but you have in love to …

Isaiah 43:24 You have bought me no sweet cane with money, neither have you filled …

Isaiah 44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and, as …

Lamentations 3:32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according …

Micah 7:18,19 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the …

Zechariah 3:4 And he answered and spoke to those that stood before him, saying, …

Hebrews 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world…

1 John 1:7,9 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship …

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I to you, that you sin not. …

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first …

thou

Leviticus 20:10 And the man that commits adultery with another man's wife, even he …

Numbers 35:31-33 Moreover you shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, …

Psalm 51:16 For you desire not sacrifice; else would I give it: you delight not …

Acts 13:38,39 Be it known to you therefore, men and brothers, that through this …

Romans 8:33,34 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that …

(13) I have sinned.--The same words were used by Saul (1Samuel 15:24; 1Samuel 15:30), but in a totally different spirit. Saul's confession was a concession to the prophet for the purpose of securing his support, and with no real penitence; David, in these few words, pours out before God the confession of a broken heart.

Thou shalt not die.--David had committed two crimes for which the Law imposed the penalty of death--adultery (Leviticus 20:10) and murder (Leviticus 24:17). As an absolute monarch he had no reason to fear that the sentence would be put in force by any human authority; and the Divine word is to him of far more importance as an assurance of forgiveness than as a warding off of any possible earthly danger. The phrase is thus parallel to, and explanatory of, the previous clause, "The Lord also hath put away thy sin."

Verse 13. - I have sinned against Jehovah. Saul had used the same words, and had meant very little by them; nor had he added "against Jehovah," because his purpose was to appease Samuel, and prevail upon him not to disgrace him before the people. David's confession came from the heart. There is no excuse making, no attempt at lessening his fault, no desire to evade punishment. Psalm 51 is the lasting testimony, not only to the reality, but to the tenderness of his repentance, and we may even feel here that confession was to him a relief. The deep internal wound was at length disclosed, and healing had become possible. Up to this time he had shut God away from his heart, and so there had been no remedy for a soul diseased. It was because his sorrow was genuine that comfort was not delayed. Jehovah also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Now, death was the legal penalty for adultery (Leviticus 20:10), and though it might not be easy to exact it of a king, yet, until it was remitted, David would be in the eyes of all "a son of death" (see on ver. 5); and how could he administer justice to others while the death sentence for a capital crime was hanging over himself? Had not the prophet been authorized to use his dispensing power as the mouthpiece of Jehovah, David could not have remained king. And we can see no reason for supposing, with Ewald and others, that a substantial interval of time elapsed between David's confession and Nathan's absolution. The sole conceivable reason for such a view would be the supposition that David's repentance began and was completed with the one stab of shame which pierced through him when he heard Nathan's sudden reproach. Such a mere thrill, following upon such persistent callousness, would have merited little attention. But if months of brooding sorrow and secret shame had been humbling David, then his open confession was the proof that the Spirit's work had reached the goal, and was now complete. And we gather from Psalm 51:3 that such was the case. "My sin," he says, "is ever before me." It had long haunted him; had long occupied his thoughts by day, and broken his rest at night. Like a flood, his iniquities had gone over his head, and threatened to drown him; like a heavy burden, they had pressed upon him so as to break him down (Psalm 38:4). Both these psalms tell of long continued sorrow of heart; but with confession had come relief. He had offered to God the sacrifice of a broken spirit, and knew that it had not been despised. We shall see subsequently that his time and attention had been much occupied with the Ammonite war, and this had probably helped him in evading the secret pleadings of his own conscience. And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord,.... Which confession, though short, was a full one, arising from a thorough conviction of the evil of the sin he had been guilty of, accompanied with real brokenness of heart, sincere humiliation, and a sorrow after a godly sort, as the fifty first psalm, that penitential psalm composed upon this occasion shows, Psalm 51:1,

and Nathan said unto David; being fully satisfied with the sincerity and genuineness of his repentance, of which he gave proof by words and deeds, and being under the direction and impulse of the Spirit of God:

the Lord hath put away thy sin; would not charge it upon him, impute it to him, or punish him for it, but freely and fully forgive it, cast it behind his back, and into the depth of the sea; cause it to pass from him and never more bring it against him, and which is the Lord's act, and his only, against whom sin is committed:

thou shall not die; though he should die a corporeal death, yet not by the immediate hand of God, or by the sword of justice as a malefactor, a murderer, and adulterer, as he, according to the law, deserved to die; nor should he die a spiritual death, though his grace had been so low, and his corruptions had risen so high; nor an eternal death, the second death, the lost wages of sin. 12:1-14 God will not suffer his people to lie still in sin. By this parable Nathan drew from David a sentence against himself. Great need there is of prudence in giving reproofs. In his application, he was faithful. He says in plain terms, Thou art the man. God shows how much he hates sin, even in his own people; and wherever he finds it, he will not let it go unpunished. David says not a word to excuse himself or make light of his sin, but freely owns it. When David said, I have sinned, and Nathan perceived that he was a true penitent, he assured him his sin was forgiven. Thou shalt not die: that is, not die eternally, nor be for ever put away from God, as thou wouldest have been, if thou hadst not put away the sin. Though thou shalt all thy days be chastened of the Lord, yet thou shalt not be condemned with the world. There is this great evil in the sins of those who profess religion and relation to God, that they furnish the enemies of God and religion with matter for reproach and blasphemy. And it appears from David's case, that even where pardon is obtained, the Lord will visit the transgression of his people with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. For one momentary gratification of a vile lust, David had to endure many days and years of extreme distress.
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