2nd Samuel 12:15-24
15 Then Nathan went to his house. The LORD struck the child
that Uriah's wife bore to David, and it became very ill. 16 David
therefore pleaded with God for the child; David fasted, and went
in and lay all night on the ground. 17 The elders of his house
stood beside him, urging him to rise from the ground; but he would
not, nor did he eat food with them. 18 On the seventh day the
child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him
that the child was dead; for they said, "While the child
was still alive, we spoke to him, and he did not listen to us;
how then can we tell him the child is dead? He may do himself
some harm." 19 But when David saw that his servants were
whispering together, he perceived that the child was dead; and
David said to his servants, "Is the child dead?" They
said, "He is dead." 20 Then David rose from the ground,
washed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes. He went into
the house of the LORD, and worshiped; he then went to his own
house; and when he asked, they set food before him and he ate.
21 Then his servants said to him, "What is this thing that
you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while it was
alive; but when the child died, you rose and ate food." 22
He said, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept;
for I said, 'Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me, and the
child may live.' 23 But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can
I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return
to me." 24 Then David consoled his wife Bathsheba, and went
to her, and lay with her; and she bore a son, and he named him
Solomon. The LORD loved him, ...
There's Got to be an After Mourning
David was pragmatic. He fasted and prayed for the child while
alive, but once the baby died David returned to business as usual.
Perhaps somewhat insensitive not to morn the child's death, yet
he did all he could to save him and later actually consoles Bathsheba.
Time in the Bible is always interesting, it can go very slowly
or it can jump months and years as serves the purposes of the
story. David and Bathsheba have another child, Solomon, who will
later take over as king, but is not mentioned again until much
later. This jump in time is simply a way of wrapping up the story.
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