New International Version
David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth 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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
David - besought God for the child - How could he do so, after the solemn assurance that he had from God that the child should die? The justice of God absolutely required that the penalty of the law should be exacted; either the father or the son shall die. This could not be reversed.
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fasted [heb] fasted a fast
lay all night
LibraryDavid and Nathan
'And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin.'--2 SAMUEL xii. 13. We ought to be very thankful that Scripture never conceals the faults of its noblest men. High among the highest of them stands the poet- king. Whoever, for nearly three thousand years, has wished to express the emotions of trust in God, longing after purity, aspiration, and rapture of devotion, has found that his words have been before him. And this man …
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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.
When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.
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.
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