2 Samuel 12:2
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New International Version
The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle,

New Living Translation
The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle.

English Standard Version
The rich man had very many flocks and herds,

New American Standard Bible
"The rich man had a great many flocks and herds.

King James Bible
The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The rich man had a large number of sheep and cattle,

International Standard Version
The rich man has many flocks and herds,

NET Bible
The rich man had a great many flocks and herds.

New Heart English Bible
The rich man had very many flocks and herds,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cows,

JPS Tanakh 1917
The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds;

New American Standard 1977
“The rich man had a great many flocks and herds.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The rich man had exceeding many sheep and cows,

King James 2000 Bible
The rich man had a great many flocks and herds:

American King James Version
The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

American Standard Version
The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds;

Douay-Rheims Bible
The rich man had exceeding many sheep and oxen.

Darby Bible Translation
The rich had very many flocks and herds;

English Revised Version
The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

Webster's Bible Translation
The rich man had very numerous flocks and herds:

World English Bible
The rich man had very many flocks and herds,

Young's Literal Translation
The rich hath flocks and herds very many;
Study Bible
Nathan Rebukes David
1Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said, "There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor. 2"The rich man had a great many flocks and herds. 3"But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb Which he bought and nourished; And it grew up together with him and his children. It would eat of his bread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom, And was like a daughter to him.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 12:1
Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said, "There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor.

2 Samuel 12:3
"But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb Which he bought and nourished; And it grew up together with him and his children. It would eat of his bread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom, And was like a daughter to him.
Treasury of Scripture

The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

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2 Samuel 12:8 And I gave you your master's house, and your master's wives into …

2 Samuel 3:2-5 And to David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon, …

2 Samuel 5:13-16 And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after …

2 Samuel 15:16 And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the …

Job 1:3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, …

(2) There were two men.--The parable is designed to bring out David's indignation against the offender without being so clear as to awaken at first any suspicion of a personal application. It does not allude to the special crimes of David, but to the meanness and selfishness of the transaction--qualities which David was still in a condition to appreciate. For a similar use of parables see 2Samuel 14:2-11; 1Kings 20:35-41.

The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds. In which the wealth of men lay in those times and countries; these in the parable signify David's wives and concubines, which were many; he had six wives in Hebron, and he took more wives and concubines out of Jerusalem, when he was come from Hebron, 2 Samuel 3:2; and besides his master's, or Saul's wives, given to him, 2 Samuel 12:8. 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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