The Parable of Nathan

(2 Samuel 12)


David was the king


Nathan in the court

Prophet, one of what had once been

The ruling group


Nathan told David about

Someone rich with money, lands,

And livestock

Who stole the one sheep of

His neighborhood to have

A feast of mutton


Who is this thief and murderer of

Law and goodness,

The monarch demanded


Nathan taught

He prophesied a lesson

Timeless truth to borrowed power

(Which is all the power there



This thief of God’s provision

Nathan said to David,

It is you


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