Bible: 2 Sam 12:16-23

12:16 Then David prayed to 1  God for the child and fasted. 2  He would even 3  go and spend the night lying on the ground. 12:17 The elders of his house stood over him and tried to lift him from the ground, but he was unwilling, and refused to eat food with them.

12:18 On the seventh day the child died. But the servants of David were afraid to inform him that the child had died, for they said, “While the child was still alive he would not listen to us 4  when we spoke to him. How can we tell him that the child is dead? He will do himself harm! 5 

12:19 When David saw that his servants were whispering to one another, he 6  realized that the child was dead. So David asked his servants, “Is the child dead?” They replied, “Yes, he’s dead.” 12:20 So David got up from the ground, bathed, put on oil, and changed his clothes. He went to the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then, when he entered his palace, he requested that food be brought to him, and he ate.

12:21 His servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? While 7  the child was still alive, you fasted and wept. Once the child was dead you got up and ate food! 12:22 He replied, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept because I thought, 8 Perhaps 9  the Lord will show pity and the child will live. 12:23 But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Am I able to bring him back? I will go to him, but he cannot return to me!’

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