2 Samuel 12:16
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New International Version
David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground.

New Living Translation
David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground.

English Standard Version
David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.

New American Standard Bible
David therefore inquired of God for the child; and David fasted and went and lay all night on the ground.

King James Bible
David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
David pleaded with God for the boy. He fasted, went home, and spent the night lying on the ground.

International Standard Version
David begged God on behalf of the youngster. He fasted, went inside, and spent the night lying on the ground.

NET Bible
Then David prayed to God for the child and fasted. He would even go and spend the night lying on the ground.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
David pleaded with God for the child; he fasted and lay on the ground all night.

Jubilee Bible 2000
David, therefore, besought God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night upon the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.

American King James Version
David therefore sought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night on the earth.

American Standard Version
David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And David besought the Lord for the child: and David kept a fast, and going in by himself lay upon the ground.

Darby Bible Translation
And David besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night on the earth.

English Revised Version
David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.

World English Bible
David therefore begged God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night on the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
and David seeketh God for the youth, and David keepeth a fast, and hath gone in and lodged, and lain on the earth.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:15-25 David now penned the 51st Psalm, in which, though he had been assured that his sin was pardoned, he prays earnestly for pardon, and greatly laments his sin. He was willing to bear the shame of it, to have it ever before him, to be continually upbraided with it. God gives us leave to be earnest with him in prayer for particular blessings, from trust in his power and general mercy, though we have no particular promise to build upon. David patiently submitted to the will of God in the death of one child, and God made up the loss to his advantage, in the birth of another. The way to have creature comforts continued or restored, or the loss made up some other way, is cheerfully to resign them to God. God, by his grace, particularly owned and favoured that son, and ordered him to be called Jedidiah, Beloved of the Lord. Our prayers for our children are graciously and as fully answered when some of them die in their infancy, for they are well taken care of, and when others live, beloved of the Lord.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - David... went in. He went, not into the sanctuary, which he did not enter until after the child's death, but into some private room in his own house. There he remained, passing his nights stretched on the ground, and fasting until the seventh day. His fasting does not imply that he took no food during this long interval, but that he abstained from the royal table, and ate so much only as was necessary to maintain life. Now, what was the meaning of this privacy and abstinence? Evidently it was David's acknowledgment, before all his subjects, of his iniquity, and of his sorrow for it. The sickness of the child followed immediately upon Nathan's visit, and we may feel sure that news of his rebuke, and of all that passed between him and the king, ran quickly throughout Jerusalem. And David at once takes the position of a condemned criminal, and humbles himself with that thoroughness which forms so noble a part of his character. Grieved as he was at the child's sickness, and at the mother's sorrow, yet his grief was mainly for his sin; and he was willing that all should know how intense was his shame and self-reproach. And even when the most honourable of the rulers of his household (Genesis 24:2), or, as Ewald thinks, his uncles and elder brethren, came to comfort him, he persists in maintaining an attitude of heart stricken penitence.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

David therefore besought God for the child,.... Perhaps went into the tabernacle he had built for the ark, and prayed to the Lord to restore the child, and spare its life; for though the Lord had said it should die, he might hope that that was a conditional threatening, and that the Lord might be gracious and reverse it, 2 Samuel 12:22,

and David fasted: all that day:

and went in; to his own house from the house of God:

and lay all night upon the earth; would neither go into, nor lie upon a bed, but lay on the floor all night, weeping and praying for the child's life, and especially for its eternal welfare: he having through sin been the means of its coming into a sinful and afflicted state.



2 Samuel 12:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
David's Loss and Repentance
15So Nathan went to his house. Then the LORD struck the child that Uriah's widow bore to David, so that he was very sick. 16David therefore inquired of God for the child; and David fasted and went and lay all night on the ground. 17The elders of his household stood beside him in order to raise him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 12:15
After Nathan had gone home, the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife had borne to David, and he became ill.

2 Samuel 13:31
The king stood up, tore his clothes and lay down on the ground; and all his attendants stood by with their clothes torn.

Nehemiah 1:4
When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.

Daniel 6:18
Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.
Treasury of Scripture

David therefore sought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night on the earth.

besought

2 Samuel 12:22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for …

Psalm 50:15 And call on me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you …

Isaiah 26:16 LORD, in trouble have they visited you, they poured out a prayer …

Joel 2:12-14 Therefore also now, said the LORD, turn you even to me with all your …

Jonah 3:9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his …

fasted [heb] fasted a fast

Esther 4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and …

Psalm 69:10 When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.

Isaiah 22:12 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to …

Acts 9:9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

lay all night

2 Samuel 13:31 Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the earth; …

Job 20:12-14 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue…

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