Bible, King James Version
 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto
him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one
rich, and the other poor.
 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:
 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe
lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up
together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own
meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was
unto him as a daughter.
 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he
spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for
the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's
lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man;
and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done
this thing shall surely die:
 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did
this thing, and because he had no pity.
 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith
the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I
delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
 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.
 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the
LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite
with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast
slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine
house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of
Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.
 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil
against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives
before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall
lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing
before all Israel, and before the sun.
 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the
LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy
sin; thou shalt not die.
 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great
occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also
that is born unto thee shall surely die.
 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD
struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was
 David therefore besought God for the child; and David
fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him,
to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he
eat bread with them.
 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the
child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the
child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet
alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our
voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the
child is dead?
 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David
perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his
servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.
 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and
anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the
house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house;
and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did
 Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this
that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child,
while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise
and eat bread.
 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted
and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious
to me, that the child may live?
 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I
bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return
 And David comforted Bath-sheba his wife, and went in
unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his
name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.
 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he
called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.
 And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of
Ammon, and took the royal city.
 And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have
fought against Rabbah, and have taken the city of waters.
 Now therefore gather the rest of the people together,
and encamp against the city, and take it: lest I take the city,
and it be called after my name.
 And David gathered all the people together, and went
to Rabbah, and fought against it, and took it.
 And he took their king's crown from off his head, the
weight whereof was a talent of gold with the precious stones: and
it was set on David's head. And he brought forth the spoil of the
city in great abundance.
 And he brought forth the people that were therein,
and put them under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under
axes of iron, and made them pass through the brickkiln: and thus
did he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. So David and
all the people returned unto Jerusalem.