Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 12:12

Indeed you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, and under the sun.'"
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Adultery;   David;   Homicide;   Minister, Christian;   Nathan;   Repentance;   Thompson Chain Reference - David;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;   Prophets;   Sun, the;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Parable;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Bathsheba;   Concubine;   David;   Nathan;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - King, Kingship;   Easton Bible Dictionary - David;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Absalom;   Nathan;   Holman Bible Dictionary - David;   King, Kingship;   Parables;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ammon, Ammonites;   Nathan;   Samuel, Books of;   Sin;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Nathan ;   Uriah ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Nathan;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - David;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Na'than;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Nathan;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Nathan (1);   Samuel, Books of;   Sin (1);   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Allegory;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Judge;   Satire;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

For thou didst it secretly,.... Committed adultery with Bathsheba privately, and endeavoured to conceal it, by getting her husband killed in battle, and then marrying her as soon as he could to hide the shame of it:

but one will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun; as the above fact was; that is, he would suffer it to he done, and so order it in his providence, that everything should concur to the doing of it; as David's leaving his wives behind him, Ahithophel's wicked counsel he was suffered to give, and the lustful inclination Absalom was left unto, and not any of the people of Israel having religion, spirit, and courage enough to remonstrate against it.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:12". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-12.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 12:12 For thou didst [it] secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.

Ver. 12. For thou didst it secretly.] As fearing men more than me; whereas an honest heathen could say, Although I were sure homines ignoraturos, et Deos ignoscituros, (a) that men knew it not, and that the gods would pardon it, yet for the filth that is in sin, I would not commit it. It is not for men to put their sins in a secret place, as Deuteronomy 27:15, to pull down the bush with a vintner, for God will detect them and men shall detest them; at the last day howsoever, if not before, when every man’s faults shall be written in his forehead, and, it shall be said, Behold the man, and behold his works.

Before all Israel.] Palam et publice: yea, thou shalt voluntarily shame and shent thyself, doing penance for thine offence, as it were, in a white sheet. {Psalms 51:1, title}

And before the sun.] For Absalom abused his father’s concubines on the house top: and haply on that same terrace from whence he first looked, liked, and lusted after Bathsheba.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:12". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-12.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

I will do this thing, i.e. I will execute this judgment. This God did by inclining David’s heart to leave his concubines to keep his house, and so to come into Absalom’s power; by giving up Ahithophel to his own carnal policy, which readily suggested to him that wicked and desperate counsel; and by exposing Absalom to these temptations, and leaving him to his own vicious inclinations, which God certainly knew would in such circumstances produce that effect. So the sin was wholly from men, but the ordering and overruling their mistakes and miscarriages to this end was from God.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:12". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-samuel-12.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Sun, publicly, chap. xvi. 22. How abominable soever this conduct of an unnatural son must have been to God, he says, I will do this; because, when he might have prevented it by a more powerful grace, or by the death of the delinquent, he suffered him to carry his infernal project into execution. (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:12". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-12.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

thou. See note on 2 Samuel 12:9.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:12". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-samuel-12.html. 1909-1922.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
secretly
11:4,8,13,15; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Luke 12:1,2; 1 Corinthians 4:5
Reciprocal: Genesis 45:5 - God;  2 Samuel 16:11 - Behold;  2 Samuel 16:22 - went in;  Job 24:15 - eye;  Job 34:26 - in;  Ezekiel 14:9 - if the;  Ephesians 5:12 - in

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:12". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-12.html.