9[1-4] David said, “Is there still any who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show them kindness for Jonathan’s sake? There was of the house of Saul a worker whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David; and the ruler said to him, “Are you Ziba?” He said, “I am he.” The ruler said, “Is there not still any of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to them? Ziba said to the ruler, “Jonathan still has a son, who can’t walk.” The ruler said to him, “Where is he?” Ziba said to the ruler, “He is in the house of Machir of Ammiel, in Lo Debar.”
[5-8] Then Ruler David sent, and got him out of the house of Machir of Ammiel, from Lo Debar. Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan, of Saul, came to David, and dropped to the floor, and paid respect. David said, “Mephibosheth.” He answered, “I am he!” David said to him, “Don’t be scared! I’ll truly show you kindness for Jonathan, your father’s sake, and will give you back the land of Saul your father; and you’ll eat bread at my table continually.” He paid respect, saying, “Who am I, that you should look on such a dead dog as I am?”
[9-13] Then the ruler called to Ziba, Saul’s worker, saying to him, “What belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your boss’s son. You’ll till the land for him, you, and your sons, and your workers; and you’ll bring in the fruits, that your boss’s son may have bread to eat; but Mephibosheth your boss’s son will eat bread always at my table.” Now Ziba had 15 sons and 20 workers. Then Ziba said to the ruler, I’ll do just what you tell me to do. Then the ruler said, “As for Mephibosheth, he’ll eat at my table, as one of the ruler’s sons.” Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. Whoever lived in the house of Ziba were workers to Mephibosheth. So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem because he ate continually at the ruler’s table. He was lame in both his feet.
10[1-5] After this, the ruler of the people of Ammon died, and Hanun, his son, ruled in his place. David said, I’ll show kindness to Hanun of Nahash, as his father has shown kindness to me. So David sent by his workers to comfort him about his father. David’s workers came into the land of the people of Ammon. But the leaders of the people of Ammon said to Hanun their leader, “Do you think that David honors your father by sending comforters to you? Hasn’t David sent his workers to you to search and spy out the city to overthrow it?” So Hanun took David’s workers, and shaved off half of their beards, and ripped their clothes in half, showing their buttocks, and sent them away. When they told it to David, he sent to meet them because the men were greatly ashamed. The ruler said, “Wait at Jericho until your beards are grown, and then go back.”
[6-8] When the people of Ammon saw that they were hated by David, they sent and hired the Syrians of Beth Rehob and Zobah, with 20,000 foot soldiers, and the ruler of Maacah with 1,000 soldiers, and the people of Tob with 12,000 soldiers. When David heard it, he sent Joab, and all the troops of the soldiers. The people of Ammon came out, and put the troops in order at the entrance of the gate; and the Syrians of Zobah and Rehob, and the people of Tob and Maacah were by themselves in the field.
[9-14] Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him in front and back, he chose of all the best soldiers of Israel, and put them in order against the Syrians; the rest of the people he put under control of Abishai his brother; and he put them in order against the people of Ammon. He said, “If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you’ll help me; but if the people of Ammon are too strong for you, then I’ll come and help you. Be brave, and let’s fight for our people, and for the cities of our God; and Yahweh will do what’s right. So Joab and the people who were with him went to battle against the Syrians; and they ran before him. When the people of Ammon saw that the Syrians had run, they also ran before Abishai, and went back into the city. Then Joab went back from the people of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem.
[15-19] When the Syrians saw that they were beaten by Israel, they gathered themselves together. Hadadezer sent, and brought out the Syrians, who were across the river; and they came to Helam with Shobach, the captain of the troops of Hadadezer at their head. It was told David; and he gathered all Israel together, and crossed over the Jordan, and came to Helam. The Syrians set themselves in order against David, and fought with him. The Syrians ran before Israel; and David killed of the Syrians the riders of 700 war vehicles, and 40,000 horse riders, and fought Shobach, the captain of their troops, who died there. When all the rulers who were workers to Hadadezer saw that they were beaten by Israel, they made peace with Israel, and served them. So the Syrians were afraid to help the people of Ammon anymore.
11[1-5] At the first of the year, when rulers go out to fight, David sent Joab, and his followers, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon, and surrounded Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. At evening, David got up from bed, and walked on the roof of his house, where he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful to look at. David sent and asked about the woman. Someone said, “Isn’t this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?”David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in to him, and he had sex with her (for she had bathed after her period); and she went back to her house.The woman got pregnant; and she sent and told David, saying, I’m pregnant.
[6-11] David sent to Joab, saying, “Send me Uriah, the Hittite.” So Joab sent Uriah to David.When Uriah had come to him, David asked him how Joab was doing, and how the people did, and how the war was going.David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.” Uriah left out of the ruler’s house, and the ruler sent with him a mess of food.But Uriah slept at the door of the ruler’s house with all the workers of his leader, and didn’t go down to his house.When they had told David, Uriah didn’t go down to his house, David said to Uriah, “Haven’t you come home from a long journey? Why didn’t you go down to your house?” Uriah said to David, “The Chest, and Israel, and Judah, stay in tents; and sir Joab, and your workers, are camped in the open field; should I then go into my house, to eat and drink, and to have sex with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I won’t do it.”
[12-21] David said to Uriah, “Stay here today also, and tomorrow I’ll let you leave.” So Uriah stayed in Jerusalem that day, and the next day.When David had called him, he ate and drank with him; and he got him drunk; and at evening he went out to lie on his bed with the workers of his leader, but didn’t go down to his house. In the morning, David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.He wrote in the letter, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the heat of the battle, and leave him, that he may be killed.When Joab kept watch on the city, he sent Uriah to the place where he knew that soldiers were.The people of the city went out, and fought with Joab; and some of the people died of the workers of David; and Uriah, the Hittite, died also. Then Joab sent and told David all the things about the war; and he told the messenger, saying, “When you’ve finished telling all the things about the war to the ruler, if the ruler gets angry, and he asks you, ‘Why did you go so near to the city to fight? Didn’t you know that they would shoot from the wall?Who killed Abimelech of Jerubbesheth? Didn’t a woman throw a big stone on him from the wall, so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?’ then you’ll say, ‘Your soldier, Uriah, the Hittite, is dead also.’”
[22-27] So the messenger went, and came and told David what Joab had sent him for. The messenger said to David, “The soldiers were strong against us, and came out to us into the field, and we were on them all the way to the entrance of the gate.The shooters shot at us from off the wall; and some of the ruler’s workers are dead, and your soldier, Uriah, the Hittite, is dead also.Then David said to the messenger, “Tell Joab, “Don’t let this displease you, for the sword destroys one as well as another; make your battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it;” and encourage him.When the wife of Uriah heard that her husband was dead, she cried for her husband.When she stopped crying, David sent and took her home to his house, and she became his wife, and had him a son. But the thing that David had done made Yahweh angry.
12[1-6] Yahweh sent Nathan to David. He came to him, saying, “There were two men in one city; one rich, and the other poor. The rich one had very many flocks and herds, but the poor one didn’t have anything except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and raised. It grew up together with him and his children. It ate of his own food, drank of his own cup, and lay in his lap, and was like a daughter to him. A traveler came to the rich man, and he didn’t want to take of his own flock and herd, to make for the traveling man who had come to him, but took the poor man’s lamb, and cooked it for the one who had come to him.” David was very angry at the man, and he said to Nathan, “As Yahweh lives, that man who has done this is worthy to die! He’ll give back the lamb fourfold, because he did this, and because he had no pity!”
[7-14] Then Nathan said to David, “You’re the one who did this. This is what Yahweh, the God of Israel, says; ‘I anointed you ruler over Israel, and I took you out of the hand of Saul. I gave you your boss’s house and wives, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that wasn’t enough, I’d have given you much more. Why have you hated the Word of Yahweh, to do what’s evil in My sight? You’ve killed Uriah, the Hittite, in the war, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him in the war with the people of Ammon. So now wounding and death will never leave from your house, because you’ve hated Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ Yahweh says; ‘See, I’ll raise up evil against you out of your own house; and I’ll take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he’ll lie with your wives in broad daylight. You did it secretly, but I’ll do this before all Israel, and in broad daylight.’” David said to Nathan, “I’ve sinned against Yahweh.” Nathan said to David, “Yahweh also has forgiven your sin. You won’t die. But, because by this act of sin, you’ve given a great chance to Yahweh’s enemies to mock God, the child also who is born to you will truly die.”
[15-23] Nathan left and went home. Yahweh made the child that Uriah’s wife had for David very sick. David begged God for the child and fasted, and went in, and lay all night on the earth. The elders of his house got up, and stood beside him, to raise him up from the earth; but he wouldn’t, nor did he eat with them. On the 7th day, the child died. The workers of David feared to tell him that the child was dead because they said, “See, while the child was yet alive, we talked to him, and he didn’t listen to us; so how will he hurt himself, if we tell him that the child is dead!” But when David saw that his workers were whispering together, he understood that the child was dead; and David said to his workers, “Is the child dead?” They said, “He’s dead.” Then David got up from the earth, and bathed in oil, and changed his clothes; and he came into the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and worshiped; then he came back to his own house; and when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate. Then his workers said to him, “What have you done? You wouldn’t eat and cried for the child while it was alive; but when the child died, you got up and ate!”He said, “While the child was still alive, I went without food and cried because I said who knows whether Yahweh won’t show grace to me, that the child may live?But now he’s dead, so why should I go without food? Can I bring him back again? I’ll go to him, but he won’t come back to me.”
[24-31] David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and had sex with her; and she had a son, and he named him Solomon. Yahweh loved him and sent word by Nathan the preacher, and named him Jedidiah (loved by Yahweh), for Yahweh’s sake.Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the people of Ammon, and took the royal city. Joab sent messengers to David, saying, I’ve fought against Rabbah and taken the water supply of the city.So gather the rest of the people together, and encamp against the city, and take it; in case I take the city, and it be credited to me. So David gathered all the people together, and went to Rabbah, and fought against it, and took it.He took the crown of their ruler from off his head; and its weight was 75 lbs of gold, and it had precious stones set in it; and it was set on David’s head. He brought a lot of stuff out of the city. He brought out the people who were in it, and put them to work with saws, and tillers of iron, and axes, and made them go to the brick kiln; and he did this to all the cities of the people of Ammon. David and all the people went back to Jerusalem.