2 Samuel 12:2
New International Version
The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle,

New Living Translation
The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle.

English Standard Version
The rich man had very many flocks and herds,

Berean Study Bible
The rich man had a great number of sheep and cattle,

New American Standard Bible
"The rich man had a great many flocks and herds.

New King James Version
The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds.

King James Bible
The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

Christian Standard Bible
The rich man had very large flocks and herds,

Contemporary English Version
The rich man owned a lot of sheep and cattle,

Good News Translation
The rich man had many cattle and sheep,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The rich man had a large number of sheep and cattle,

International Standard Version
The rich man has many flocks and herds,

NET Bible
The rich man had a great many flocks and herds.

New Heart English Bible
The rich man had very many flocks and herds,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cows,

JPS Tanakh 1917
The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds;

New American Standard 1977
“The rich man had a great many flocks and herds.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The rich man had exceeding many sheep and cows,

King James 2000 Bible
The rich man had a great many flocks and herds:

American King James Version
The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

American Standard Version
The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the rich man had very many flocks and herds.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The rich man had exceeding many sheep and oxen.

Darby Bible Translation
The rich had very many flocks and herds;

English Revised Version
The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

Webster's Bible Translation
The rich man had very numerous flocks and herds:

World English Bible
The rich man had very many flocks and herds,

Young's Literal Translation
The rich hath flocks and herds very many;
Study Bible
Nathan Rebukes David
1Then the LORD sent Nathan to David, and when he arrived, he said, “There were two men in a certain city, one rich and the other poor. 2The rich man had a great number of sheep and cattle, 3but the poor man had nothing except one small ewe lamb that he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food and drank from his cup; it slept in his arms and was like a daughter to him.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 12:1
Then the LORD sent Nathan to David, and when he arrived, he said, "There were two men in a certain city, one rich and the other poor.

2 Samuel 12:3
but the poor man had nothing except one small ewe lamb that he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food and drank from his cup; it slept in his arms and was like a daughter to him.

Treasury of Scripture

The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

exceeding

2 Samuel 12:8
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.

2 Samuel 3:2-5
And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; …

2 Samuel 5:13-16
And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters born to David…







Lexicon
The rich
לְעָשִׁ֗יר (lə·‘ā·šîr)
Preposition-l | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6223: Rich

man had
הָיָ֛ה (hā·yāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

a great number of
הַרְבֵּ֥ה (har·bêh)
Verb - Hifil - Infinitive absolute
Strong's Hebrew 7235: To be or become much, many or great

sheep
צֹ֥אן (ṣōn)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6629: Small cattle, sheep and goats, flock

and cattle,
וּבָקָ֖ר (ū·ḇā·qār)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1241: Beef cattle, ox, a herd
(2) There were two men.--The parable is designed to bring out David's indignation against the offender without being so clear as to awaken at first any suspicion of a personal application. It does not allude to the special crimes of David, but to the meanness and selfishness of the transaction--qualities which David was still in a condition to appreciate. For a similar use of parables see 2Samuel 14:2-11; 1Kings 20:35-41.

12:1-14 God will not suffer his people to lie still in sin. By this parable Nathan drew from David a sentence against himself. Great need there is of prudence in giving reproofs. In his application, he was faithful. He says in plain terms, Thou art the man. God shows how much he hates sin, even in his own people; and wherever he finds it, he will not let it go unpunished. David says not a word to excuse himself or make light of his sin, but freely owns it. When David said, I have sinned, and Nathan perceived that he was a true penitent, he assured him his sin was forgiven. Thou shalt not die: that is, not die eternally, nor be for ever put away from God, as thou wouldest have been, if thou hadst not put away the sin. Though thou shalt all thy days be chastened of the Lord, yet thou shalt not be condemned with the world. There is this great evil in the sins of those who profess religion and relation to God, that they furnish the enemies of God and religion with matter for reproach and blasphemy. And it appears from David's case, that even where pardon is obtained, the Lord will visit the transgression of his people with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. For one momentary gratification of a vile lust, David had to endure many days and years of extreme distress.
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