21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was [a]alive; but when the child died, you got up and ate food.” 22 And he said, “While the child was still alive, (A)I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘(B)Who knows, the Lord may be gracious to me, and the child may live.’ 23 But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? (C)I am going to him, but (D)he will not return to me.”

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 12:21 Some ancient versions still alive