Daily Bible Reading “Nathan Tells David a Story” (2 Samuel 12:1-6)


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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 12:1-6. The LORD sent Nathan to talk to David. Nathan told David a story about two men who lived in a city, one man was rich and one man was poor.

The rich man was blessed with many flocks and herds. The poor man had nothing except one ewe lamb that lived with him and his children. This lamb was like a member of the family. It ate what the man ate and drank what he drank. It slept on the man’s chest.

There was a traveler who came to the rich man. Instead of the rich man taking one of his flock to prepare for the traveler he took the poor man’s only little ewe and dressed it and fed it to the visitor.

David grew very angry when he heard Nathan’s story. He told Nathan that this man should die for his actions. He also said the man should repay the man four times for his selfish act.


Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 12:1-6

1 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.
2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:
3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.


Things to think about:

  • Why did the LORD send Nathan to talk to David?
  • Who were the two people that were in Nathan’s story?
  • What did the rich man do to the poor man?
  • What did David say should happen to the rich man for his transgressions?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture we see in the story that Nathan told David that the rich man took from the poor man his only possession. Help us not to be selfish. Help us to share with the poor instead of take what little they have. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


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