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2nd Samuel 12:15-24

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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

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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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