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.
Darby Bible Translation
And David besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night on 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The death of the infant child of one of the numerous harem of an Oriental monarch would in general be a matter of little moment to the father. The deep feeling shown by David on this occasion is both an indication of his affectionate and tender nature, and also a proof of the strength of his passion for Bath-sheba. He went into his most private chamber, his closet Matthew 6:6, and "lay upon the earth" 2 Samuel 13:31, rather "the ground," meaning the floor of his chamber as opposed to his couch.
LibraryLetter vi. In My Last Two Letters I have Given the State of the Argument as It...
My dear friend, In my last two Letters I have given the state of the argument as it would stand between a Christian, thinking as I do, and a serious well-disposed Deist. I will now endeavour to state the argument, as between the former and the advocates for the popular belief,--such of them, I mean, as are competent to deliver a dispassionate judgment in the cause. And again, more particularly, I mean the learned and reflecting part of them, who are influenced to the retention of the prevailing …
Samuel Taylor Coleridge—Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit etc
The Eighth Commandment
2 Samuel 12:15
So Nathan went to his house. Then the LORD struck the child that Uriah's widow bore to David, so that he was very sick.
2 Samuel 13:31
Then the king arose, tore his clothes and lay on the ground; and all his servants were standing by with clothes torn.
When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
Then the king went off to his palace and spent the night fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his sleep fled from him.
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