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2 Samuel 12:3-17

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3 But the poor man had nothing at all except one little ewe lamb Which he bought and nurtured; And it grew up together with him and his children. It would eat scraps from him and drink from his cup and lie in his lap, And was like a daughter to him.
4 Now a visitor came to the wealthy man, And he could not bring himself to take any animal from his own flock or his own herd, To prepare for the traveler who had come to him; So he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.'
5 Then David’s anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, 'As the LORD lives, the man who has done this certainly deserves to die! 6 So he must make restitution for the lamb four times over, since he did this thing and had no compassion.'
7 Nathan then said to David, 'You yourself are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel says: ‘It is I who anointed you as king over Israel, and it is I who rescued you from the hand of Saul. 8 I also gave you your master’s house and put your master’s wives into your care, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you many more things like these! 9 Why have you despised the word of the LORD, by doing evil in His sight? You have struck and killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, you have taken his wife as your wife, and you have slaughtered him with the sword of the sons of Ammon. 10 Now then, the sword shall never leave your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 11 This is what the LORD says: ‘Behold, I am going to raise up evil against you from your own household; I will even take your wives before your eyes and give them to your companion, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 Indeed, you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, and in open daylight.’?' 13 Then David said to Nathan, 'I have sinned against the LORD.' And Nathan said to David, 'The LORD also has allowed your sin to pass; you shall not die. 14 However, since by this deed you have shown utter disrespect for the LORD, the child himself who is born to you shall certainly die.'
15 Then Nathan went to his house. L ater the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s widow bore to David, so that he was very sick. 16 David therefore pleaded with God for the child; and David fasted and went and lay all night on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him in order to help him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them.
King James Version

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3 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. 4 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. 5 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: 6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. 7 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; 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. 9 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. 10 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. 11 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. 12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. 13 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. 14 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.
15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. 16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. 17 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.
Christian Standard Bible

Chapter 12

3 but the poor man had nothing except one small ewe lamb that he had bought. He raised her, and she grew up with him and with his children. From his meager food she would eat, from his cup she would drink, and in his arms she would sleep. She was like a daughter to him. 4 Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man could not bring himself to take one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for his guest.
5 David was infuriated with the man and said to Nathan, "As the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die! 6 Because he has done this thing and shown no pity, he must pay four lambs for that lamb."
7 Nathan replied to David, "You are the man! This is what the Lord God of Israel says: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I rescued you from Saul. 8 I gave your master's house to you and your master's wives into your arms, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah, and if that was not enough, I would have given you even more. 9 Why then have you despised the Lord's command by doing what I consider evil? You struck down Uriah the Hethite with the sword and took his wife as your own wife--you murdered him with the Ammonite's sword. 10 Now therefore, the sword will never leave your house because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hethite to be your own wife.'
11 "This is what the Lord says, 'I am going to bring disaster on you from your own family: I will take your wives and give them to another before your very eyes, and he will sleep with them in broad daylight. 12 You acted in secret, but I will do this before all Israel and in broad daylight.' "
13 David responded to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord."Then Nathan replied to David, "And the Lord has taken away your sin; you will not die. 14 However, because you treated the Lord with such contempt in this matter, the son born to you will die."
15 Then Nathan went home. The Lord struck the baby that Uriah's wife had borne to David, and he became deathly ill. 16 David pleaded with God for the boy. He fasted, went home, and spent the night lying on the ground. 17 The elders of his house stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat anything with them.
New Living Translation

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3 The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man's own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter. 4 One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man's lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.'
5 David was furious. 'As surely as the LORD lives,' he vowed, 'any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! 6 He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.'
7 Then Nathan said to David, 'You are that man! The LORD, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. 8 I gave you your master's house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more. 9 Why, then, have you despised the word of the LORD and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife. 10 From this time on, your family will live by the sword because you have despised me by taking Uriah's wife to be your own.
11 'This is what the LORD says: Because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view. 12 You did it secretly, but I will make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel.'
13 Then David confessed to Nathan, 'I have sinned against the LORD.' Nathan replied, 'Yes, but the LORD has forgiven you, and you won't die for this sin. 14 Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for the LORD by doing this, your child will die.'
15 After Nathan returned to his home, the LORD sent a deadly illness to the child of David and Uriah's wife. 16 David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground. 17 The elders of his household pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused.
English Standard Version

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3 but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. 4 Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” 5 Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, 6 and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”
7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8 And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. 9 Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 11 Thus says the LORD, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.’” 13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the LORD, the child who is born to you shall die.” 15 Then Nathan went to his house. And the LORD afflicted the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and he became sick.
16 David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. 17 And the elders of his house stood beside him, to raise him from the ground, but he would not, nor did he eat food with them.
New International Version

Chapter 12

3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
4 Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him."
5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, 'As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.'
7 Then Nathan said to David, 'You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master's house to you, and your master's wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.'
11 This is what the LORD says: 'Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.''
13 Then David said to Nathan, 'I have sinned against the LORD.' Nathan replied, 'The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14 But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the LORD, the son born to you will die.'
15 After Nathan had gone home, the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife had borne to David, and he became ill. 16 David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.
La Biblia de las Américas

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3 Pero el pobre no tenía más que una corderita que él había comprado y criado, la cual había crecido junto con él y con sus hijos. Comía de su pan, bebía de su copa y dormía en su seno, y era como una hija para él. 4 Vino un viajero al hombre rico y éste no quiso tomar de sus ovejas ni de sus vacas para preparar comida para el caminante que había venido a él, sino que tomó la corderita de aquel hombre pobre y la preparó para el hombre que había venido a él.
5 Y se encendió la ira de David en gran manera contra aquel hombre, y dijo a Natán: Vive el SEÑOR, que ciertamente el hombre que hizo esto merece morir ; 6 y debe pagar cuatro veces por la cordera, porque hizo esto y no tuvo compasión.
7 Entonces Natán dijo a David: Tú eres aquel hombre. Así dice el SEÑOR, Dios de Israel: “Yo te ungí rey sobre Israel y te libré de la mano de Saúl. 8 “Yo también entregué a tu cuidado la casa de tu señor y las mujeres de tu señor, y te di la casa de Israel y de Judá ; y si eso hubiera sido poco, te hubiera añadido muchas cosas como éstas. 9 “¿Por qué has despreciado la palabra del SEÑOR haciendo lo malo a sus ojos? Has matado a espada a Urías hitita, y has tomado a su mujer para que sea mujer tuya, y lo has matado con la espada de los hijos de Amón. 10 “Ahora pues, la espada nunca se apartará de tu casa, porque me has despreciado y has tomado la mujer de Urías hitita para que sea tu mujer.” 11 Así dice el SEÑOR: “He aquí, de tu misma casa levantaré el mal contra ti; y aun tomaré tus mujeres delante de tus ojos y las daré a tu compañero, y éste se acostará con tus mujeres a plena luz del día. 12 “En verdad, tú lo hiciste en secreto, pero yo haré esto delante de todo Israel, y a plena luz del sol.” 13 Entonces David dijo a Natán: He pecado contra el SEÑOR. Y Natán dijo a David: El SEÑOR ha quitado tu pecado ; no morirás. 14 Sin embargo, por cuanto con este hecho has dado ocasión de blasfemar a los enemigos del SEÑOR, ciertamente morirá el niño que te ha nacido.
15 Y Natán regresó a su casa. Y el SEÑOR hirió al niño que la viuda de Urías dio a David, y se puso muy enfermo. 16 David rogó a Dios por el niño; y ayunó, y fue y pasó la noche acostado en el suelo. 17 Y los ancianos de su casa se pusieron a su lado para levantarlo del suelo, mas él no quiso, y no comió pan con ellos.
Nueva Biblia de las Américas

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3 Pero el pobre no tenía más que una corderita Que él había comprado y criado, La cual había crecido junto con él y con sus hijos. Comía de su pan, bebía de su copa y dormía en su seno, Y era como una hija para él. 4 Vino un viajero a visitar al hombre rico Y éste no quiso tomar de sus ovejas ni de sus vacas Para preparar comida para el caminante que había venido a él, Sino que tomó la corderita de aquel hombre pobre y la preparó para el hombre que había venido a visitarlo.”
5 Y se encendió la ira de David en gran manera contra aquel hombre, y dijo a Natán: “Vive el SEÑOR, que ciertamente el hombre que hizo esto merece morir; 6 y debe pagar cuatro veces por la cordera, porque hizo esto y no tuvo compasión.”
7 Entonces Natán dijo a David: “Tú eres aquel hombre. Así dice el SEÑOR, Dios de Israel: ‘Yo te ungí rey sobre Israel y te libré de la mano de Saúl. 8 Yo también entregué a tu cuidado la casa de tu señor y las mujeres de tu señor, y te di la casa de Israel y de Judá; y si eso hubiera sido poco, te hubiera añadido muchas cosas como éstas. 9 ¿Por qué has despreciado la palabra del SEÑOR haciendo lo malo ante Sus ojos? Has matado a espada a Urías el Hitita, has tomado su mujer para que sea mujer tuya, y a él lo has matado con la espada de los Amonitas. 10 Ahora pues, la espada nunca se apartará de tu casa, porque Me has despreciado y has tomado la mujer de Urías el Hitita para que sea tu mujer.’”
11 “Así dice el SEÑOR: ‘Por eso, de tu misma casa levantaré el mal contra ti; y aun tomaré tus mujeres delante de tus ojos y las daré a tu compañero, y éste se acostará con tus mujeres a plena luz del día. 12 ‘En verdad, tú lo hiciste en secreto, pero Yo haré esto delante de todo Israel y a plena luz del sol.’” 13 Entonces David dijo a Natán: “He pecado contra el SEÑOR.” Y Natán dijo a David: “El SEÑOR ha quitado tu pecado; no morirás. 14 Sin embargo, por cuanto con este hecho has dado ocasión de blasfemar a los enemigos del SEÑOR, ciertamente morirá el niño que te ha nacido.”
15 Y Natán regresó a su casa. Entonces el SEÑOR hirió al niño que la viuda de Urías dio a David, y se puso muy enfermo. 16 David rogó a Dios por el niño; y ayunó, y fue y pasó la noche acostado en el suelo. 17 Los ancianos de su casa se pusieron a su lado para levantarlo del suelo, pero él no quiso, y no comió con ellos.
Nueva Versión Internacional

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3 en cambio, el pobre no tenía más que una sola ovejita que él mismo había comprado y criado. La ovejita creció con él y con sus hijos: comía de su plato, bebía de su vaso y dormía en su regazo. Era para ese hombre como su propia hija. 4 Pero sucedió que un viajero llegó de visita a casa del hombre rico y, como este no quería matar ninguna de sus propias ovejas o vacas para darle de comer al huésped, le quitó al hombre pobre su única ovejita.
5 Tan grande fue el enojo de David contra aquel hombre, que le respondió a Natán: ?¡Tan cierto como que el SEÑOR vive, que quien hizo esto merece la muerte! 6 ¿Cómo pudo hacer algo tan ruin? ¡Ahora pagará cuatro veces el valor de la oveja!
7 Entonces Natán le dijo a David: ?¡Tú eres ese hombre! Así dice el SEÑOR, Dios de Israel: “Yo te ungí como rey sobre Israel, y te libré del poder de Saúl. 8 Te di el palacio de tu amo, y puse sus mujeres en tus brazos. También te permití gobernar a Israel y a Judá. Y por si esto hubiera sido poco, te habría dado mucho más. 9 ¿Por qué, entonces, despreciaste la palabra del SEÑOR haciendo lo que le desagrada? ¡Asesinaste a Urías el hitita para apoderarte de su esposa! ¡Lo mataste con la espada de los amonitas! 10 Por eso la espada jamás se apartará de tu familia, pues me despreciaste al tomar la esposa de Urías el hitita para hacerla tu mujer”.
11 »Pues bien, así dice el SEÑOR: “Yo haré que el desastre que mereces surja de tu propia familia, y ante tus propios ojos tomaré a tus mujeres y se las daré a otro, el cual se acostará con ellas en pleno día. 12 Lo que tú hiciste a escondidas, yo lo haré a plena luz, a la vista de todo Israel”».
13 ?¡He pecado contra el SEÑOR! —reconoció David ante Natán. ?El SEÑOR ha perdonado ya tu pecado, y no morirás —contestó Natán—. 14 Sin embargo, tu hijo sí morirá, pues con tus acciones has ofendido al SEÑOR.
15 Dicho esto, Natán volvió a su casa. Y el SEÑOR hirió al hijo que la esposa de Urías le había dado a David, de modo que el niño cayó gravemente enfermo. 16 David se puso a rogar a Dios por él; ayunaba y pasaba las noches tirado en el suelo. 17 Los ancianos de su corte iban a verlo y le rogaban que se levantara, pero él se resistía, y aun se negaba a comer con ellos.
Reina-Valera 1960

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3 pero el pobre no tenía más que una sola corderita, que él había comprado y criado, y que había crecido con él y con sus hijos juntamente, comiendo de su bocado y bebiendo de su vaso, y durmiendo en su seno; y la tenía como a una hija. 4 Y vino uno de camino al hombre rico; y éste no quiso tomar de sus ovejas y de sus vacas, para guisar para el caminante que había venido a él, sino que tomó la oveja de aquel hombre pobre, y la preparó para aquel que había venido a él. 5 Entonces se encendió el furor de David en gran manera contra aquel hombre, y dijo a Natán: Vive Jehová, que el que tal hizo es digno de muerte. 6 Y debe pagar la cordera con cuatro tantos, porque hizo tal cosa, y no tuvo misericordia.
7 Entonces dijo Natán a David: Tú eres aquel hombre. Así ha dicho Jehová, Dios de Israel: Yo te ungí por rey sobre Israel, y te libré de la mano de Saúl, 8 y te di la casa de tu señor, y las mujeres de tu señor en tu seno; además te di la casa de Israel y de Judá; y si esto fuera poco, te habría añadido mucho más. 9 ¿Por qué, pues, tuviste en poco la palabra de Jehová, haciendo lo malo delante de sus ojos? A Urías heteo heriste a espada, y tomaste por mujer a su mujer, y a él lo mataste con la espada de los hijos de Amón. 10 Por lo cual ahora no se apartará jamás de tu casa la espada, por cuanto me menospreciaste, y tomaste la mujer de Urías heteo para que fuese tu mujer. 11 Así ha dicho Jehová: He aquí yo haré levantar el mal sobre ti de tu misma casa, y tomaré tus mujeres delante de tus ojos, y las daré a tu prójimo, el cual yacerá con tus mujeres a la vista del sol. 12 Porque tú lo hiciste en secreto; mas yo haré esto delante de todo Israel y a pleno sol. 13 Entonces dijo David a Natán: Pequé contra Jehová. Y Natán dijo a David: También Jehová ha remitido tu pecado; no morirás. 14 Mas por cuanto con este asunto hiciste blasfemar a los enemigos de Jehová, el hijo que te ha nacido ciertamente morirá.
15 Y Natán se volvió a su casa. Y Jehová hirió al niño que la mujer de Urías había dado a David, y enfermó gravemente. 16 Entonces David rogó a Dios por el niño; y ayunó David, y entró, y pasó la noche acostado en tierra. 17 Y se levantaron los ancianos de su casa, y fueron a él para hacerlo levantar de la tierra; mas él no quiso, ni comió con ellos pan.
Biblia del Jubileo

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3 mas el pobre no tenía más que una sola cordera, que él había comprado y criado, y que había crecido con él y con sus hijos juntamente, comiendo de su bocado, y bebiendo de su vaso, y durmiendo en su seno; y la tenía como a una hija. 4 Y vino uno de camino al hombre rico; y él no quiso tomar de sus ovejas y de sus vacas, para guisar al caminante que le había venido, sino que tomó la oveja de aquel hombre pobre, y la aderezó para el varón que le había venido. 5 Entonces se encendió el furor de David en gran manera contra aquel hombre, y dijo a Natán: Vive el SEÑOR, que el que tal hizo es digno de muerte; 6 y que él pagará la cordera con cuatro tantos, porque hizo esta tal cosa, y no tuvo misericordia. 7 Entonces dijo Natán a David: Tú eres aquel varón. Así dijo el SEÑOR, Dios de Israel: Yo te ungí por rey sobre Israel, y te libré de la mano de Saúl; 8 yo te di la casa de tu señor, y las mujeres de tu señor en tu seno; además de esto te di la casa de Israel y de Judá. Y si esto es poco, yo te añadiré tales y tales cosas. 9 ¿Por qué pues tuviste en poco la palabra del SEÑOR, haciendo lo malo delante de sus ojos? A Urías heteo heriste a cuchillo, y tomaste por tu mujer a su mujer, y a él mataste con el cuchillo de los hijos de Amón. 10 Por lo cual ahora no se apartará cuchillo de tu casa perpetuamente; por cuanto me menospreciaste, y tomaste la mujer de Urías heteo para que fuese tu mujer. 11 Así dijo el SEÑOR: He aquí yo despertaré sobre ti mal de tu misma casa, y tomaré tus mujeres delante de tus ojos, y las daré a tu prójimo, el cual yacerá con tus mujeres a la vista de este sol. 12 Porque tú lo hiciste en secreto; mas yo haré esto delante de todo Israel, y delante del sol. 13 Entonces dijo David a Natán: Pequé contra el SEÑOR. Y Natán dijo a David: También el SEÑOR ha remitido tu pecado; no morirás. 14 Mas por cuanto con este negocio hiciste blasfemar a los enemigos del SEÑOR, el hijo que te ha nacido morirá ciertamente. 15 Y Natán se volvió a su casa. Y el SEÑOR hirió al niño que la mujer de Urías había dado a luz a David, y enfermó gravemente. 16 Entonces rogó David a Dios por el niño; y ayunó David, y vino, y pasó la noche acostado en tierra. 17 Y levantándose los ancianos de su casa fueron a él para hacerlo levantar de tierra; mas él no quiso, ni comió con ellos pan.