Chapter 12

The foregoing chapter gave us the account of David’s sin; this gives us the account of his repentance. Though he fell, he was not utterly cast down, but, by the grace of God, recovered himself, and found mercy with God. Here is, I. His conviction, by a message Nathan brought him from God, which was a parable that obliged him to condemn himself (2 Sam. 12:1-6), and the application of the parable, in which Nathan charged him with the sin (2 Sam. 12:7-9) and pronounced sentence upon him,, 2 Sam. 12:10-12. II. His repentance and remission, with a proviso, 2 Sam. 12:13, 14. III. The sickness and death of the child, and his behaviour while it was sick and when it was dead (2 Sam. 12:15-23), in both which David gave evidence of his repentance. IV. The birth of Solomon, and God’s gracious message concerning him, in which God gave an evidence of his reconciliation to David, 2 Sam. 12:24, 25. V. The taking of Rabbah (2 Sam. 12:26-31), which is mentioned as a further instance that God did not deal with David according to his sins.