2 Samuel 12:6
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New International Version
He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity."

New Living Translation
He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity."

English Standard Version
and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”

New American Standard Bible
"He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion."

King James Bible
And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Because he has done this thing and shown no pity, he must pay four lambs for that lamb."

International Standard Version
He will restore the lamb four times its value, because he did this thing, and because he did it without compassion."

NET Bible
Because he committed this cold-hearted crime, he must pay for the lamb four times over!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
And he must pay back four times the price of the lamb because he did this and had no pity."

Jubilee Bible 2000
and he shall pay for the lamb fourfold because he did this thing and because he had no pity.

King James 2000 Bible
And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

American King James Version
And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

American Standard Version
and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall restore the ewe fourfold, because he did this thing, and had no pity.

Darby Bible Translation
and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

English Revised Version
and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he shall restore the lamb four-fold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

World English Bible
He shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity!"

Young's Literal Translation
and the ewe-lamb he doth repay fourfold, because that he hath done this thing, and because that he had no pity.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he shall restore the lamb fourfold,.... Which was according to the law in Exodus 22:1; but Kimchi thinks, because the word is of the dual number, it signifies double the number, and that the sentence was to restore eight lambs, because he being a rich man stole from the poor man; so Mr. Weemse (s) renders it, twice four, twice as much as was commanded in the law; for the Hebrews, he observes, double in the dual number till they come to seven:

because he did this thing; committed this theft:

and because he had no pity; on the poor man, but took his all. The Jews observe, that accordingly David was punished with the loss of four of his children, that which was born of Bathsheba, Ammon, Tamar, and Absalom; so most of the commentators, but Ben Gersom, instead of Tamar, has Adonijah.

(s) Of the Moral Law, l. 2. ch. 10. p. 252. Vid. Gusset. Ebr. Comment. p. 776.



2 Samuel 12:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Nathan Rebukes David
5Then David's anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, "As the LORD lives, surely the man who has done this deserves to die. 6"He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion." 7Nathan then said to David, "You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel, 'It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul.…
Cross References
Luke 19:8
But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount."

Exodus 22:1
"Whoever steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it must pay back five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep.
Treasury of Scripture

And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

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Exodus 22:1 If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; …

Proverbs 6:31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all …

Luke 19:8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half …

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James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; …

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