2 Samuel 12:2
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,

Berean Study Bible
The rich man had a great number of sheep and cattle,

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

New King James Version
The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds.

New American Standard Bible
“The wealthy man had a great many flocks and herds.

NASB 1995
“The rich man had a great many flocks and herds.

NASB 1977
“The rich man had a great many flocks and herds.

Amplified Bible
“The rich man had a very large number of flocks and herds,

Christian Standard Bible
The rich man had very large flocks and herds,

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The rich man had sheep and very many oxen

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the rich man had very many flocks and herds.

Contemporary English Version
The rich man owned a lot of sheep and cattle,

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

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

Good News Translation
The rich man had many cattle and sheep,

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
The rich has very 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,

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

Young's Literal Translation
The rich hath flocks and herds very many;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Nathan Rebukes David
1Then the LORD sent Nathan to David, and when he arrived, he said, “There were two men in a certain city, one rich and the other poor. 2The rich man had a great number of sheep and cattle, 3but the poor man had nothing except one small ewe lamb that he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food and drank from his cup; it slept in his arms and was like a daughter to him.…

Cross References
2 Samuel 12:1
Then the LORD sent Nathan to David, and when he arrived, he said, "There were two men in a certain city, one rich and the other poor.

2 Samuel 12:3
but the poor man had nothing except one small ewe lamb that he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food and drank from his cup; it slept in his arms and was like a daughter to him.


Treasury of Scripture

The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

exceeding

2 Samuel 12:8
And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.

2 Samuel 3:2-5
And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; …

2 Samuel 5:13-16
And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters born to David…









(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.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The rich
לְעָשִׁ֗יר (lə·‘ā·šîr)
Preposition-l | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6223: Rich

man had
הָיָ֛ה (hā·yāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

a great number of
הַרְבֵּ֥ה (har·bêh)
Verb - Hifil - Infinitive absolute
Strong's 7235: To be or become much, many or great

sheep
צֹ֥אן (ṣōn)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 6629: Small cattle, sheep and goats, flock

and cattle,
וּבָקָ֖ר (ū·ḇā·qār)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1241: Beef cattle, ox, a herd


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