Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 12:19

But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David perceived that the child was dead; so David said to his servants, "Is the child dead?" And they said, "He is dead."
New American Standard Version

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Nave's Topical Bible - Bereavement;   Children;   David;   Fasting;   Parents;   Thompson Chain Reference - David;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Afflicted Saints;   Children;  
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Nathan;   Parable;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Bathsheba;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Magic;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Bath-Sheba;   David;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Samuel, Books of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ammon, Ammonites;   Magic, Divination, and Sorcery;   Samuel, Books of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Nathan ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Nathan;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - David;  
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Dead;   Fast;   Nathan (1);   Samuel, Books of;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Corn;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And when David saw that his servants whispered,.... For they said the above to one another with a low voice, that he might not hear them, though in the same room with them:

David perceived the child was dead; he guessed it was, and that this was the thing they were whispering about among themselves:

therefore David said unto his servants, is the child dead? and they said, he is dead; for putting the question to them so closely, they could not avoid giving the answer they did, and which he was prepared to receive, by what he had observed in them.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:19". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 12:19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.

Ver. 19. Is the child dead?] This he inquired, that if so, he might put an end to his prayers, which for the dead he knew was not only ineffectual but sinful. Note this against the Romanists’ Orate pro animabus, superstitious intercession for souls departed: as also against their Limbus infantium, whereof Pelagius was the first inventor, saith Peter Martyr.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 12:19". John Trapp Complete Commentary. 1865-1868.