16 David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and (A)lay all night on the ground.

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21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food.”

22 And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; (A)for I said, ‘Who can tell whether [a]the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’

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  1. 2 Samuel 12:22 Heb. mss., Syr. God

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