7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more! 9 Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon. 2 Samuel 12:7-9
David’s most notorious sin involves his adultery with Bathsheba, and later arrangement for the death of her husband, Uriah, in battle. This action is even more despicable because Uria is one of his old companions (cf. 1 Chron. 11:41). David then marries the pregnant widow.
Nathan the prophet is sent to confront David. Their meeting is one of the most vivid dramas of the Bible. David immediately confesses his sin and humbles himself before the Lord. Because the sin is known publicly, David makes an open confession through a psalm delivered to the director of music for public use (Psalm 51). Possibly Psalm 32 also expresses David’s feelings at this time of disobedience and humiliation.
… you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun.’ ” So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” … Nathan said to David, the child also who is born to you shall surely die. … 2 Samuel 12:12-14
- ewe lamb – young unweaned female lamb.