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Updated on June 7, 2015
By Verick
By Verick

God's chastisement or chastening comes to everybody who does not deal with his sin according to the Lord's Word. It may come sooner or later, but it will definitely come. Chastisement only comes to those whom the Lord loves and hopes that those who sin will repent and be forgiven.

Revelation 3:19

  • As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Hebrews 12:6-12

  • For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
  • If ye endure chastening God dealeth with you as with sons: for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
  • But if ye be without chastenment, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

David's sins contravened two very serious infractions, namely adultery and murder which would be condemned to death penalty if found guilty. To cover his sins, he arranged the death of Uriah the husband.

Yet the Lord was gracious to forgive David, but he suffered tremendously as a result of his wrong doings throughout the days of his life.

There was constant guilt and loss of peace and joy in David's life as shown in Psalms 38. His sins were too heavy for him to bear, his wounds stank and he mourned all the day long. David was weak and broken.

David and Nathan
David and Nathan

The meeting of Nathan the prophet and David

Nathan did not directly accuse David, but spoke to him in a parable of two men, a rich and a poor man. Nathan continued the story of how the rich man took away one little ewe lamb away from the poor man (2 Samuel 12). David was unaware that Nathan was referring to himself and David's anger was greatly inflamed against the rich man and uttered, "As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die."

Then Nathan said to David, "Thou art the man" (vs.7). Nathan pronounced God's judgment, "Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house, because thou has despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife."

When confronted with his sins, David did not try to defend himself, but admitted his wrong doings. It is proper that a sinner admits his wrongs and asks for foregiveness. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die."


Since David's adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah her husband, tragedy after tragedy doggedly followed David's life.

No one can escape his sins and David was severely punished for his criminal and dishonourable acts.

There was constant guilt, loss of peace and blessing from the Lord. God’s disapproval frowns upon those who do not repent of their sins and continue to sin. If they repent and ask for forgiveness, God is gracious to forgive.

Pro. 28:13;

  • He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

1 John 1:9

  • If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Bathsheba by Artemisia Gentileschi Early 1640's Museum of Art. Columbia, Ohio
Bathsheba by Artemisia Gentileschi Early 1640's Museum of Art. Columbia, Ohio

A. His Conscience Pricked

David was a miserable man when he sinned. The man who loved God with all his heart had sinned and forsaken his first love. Psalm 32 and 38 show the misery and grief of David for over a year. These psalms reveal how sin and unrepentance, acted on his conscience day and night.

Psalms 51:3

  • For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Psalms 38:6

  • I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly I go mourning all the day long.

B. The Baby Conceived in Adultery Died

The Lord would not allow the baby conceived in sin to live. Had the child lived, it would be a constant reminder of David's adultery, and his enemies would forever point to his guilt. This was the best solution.

2 Samuel 12:14,18

  • Nathan spoke to David, "Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die"
  • And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died .

C. David's Daughter Tamar Raped by her step-brother Amnon

2 Samuel 13:21

  • But when king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth.

David was very angry, but he did not punish his son Amnon. It was not right for David to ignore the rape of his daughter. David was mindful of his own adultery with Bathsheba and probably could not reprimand Amnon for David was not sinless. It would be like a pot calling a kettle black.

D. Absalom plotted to kill Amnon for revenge

Brother plotting against Brother
Absalom plotted to kill his step-brother Amnon who raped his sister Tamar. David was angry but he did nothing. He himself had committed adultery thus setting a bad example to his children and did not admonish Amnon for his atrocious and sinful manner toward his step-sister, Tamar. David was defenceless. Amnon could turn back on David and accused him of his bad behaviour.

2 Samuel 13:23-28

Absalom planned to kill Amnon and invited all the king's sons to his sheepshearing and he pleaded with David that Amnon should also be present. Absalom commanded his servants to kill Amnon when he was drunk with wine and told his servants not to fear the king's wrath because he had commanded them to do the act.

The tragedy of a brother killing brother, both the sons of David. Absalom took revenge for Amnon's rape of his sister, Tamar. After killing Amnon, he fled to Geshur and was there for three years.


E. David forgave Absalom

Absalom was forgiven for the murder of his brother Amnon, but Absalom did not see David for two full years in Jerusalem (v.28). David did the right thing to forgive Absalom for he was not God who would mete out punishment. Man does not have the right to judge another person for his deeds. It should be the decision of the Lord God.

Romans 12:19

  • Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

F. Absalom Plotted to Wrest the Kingdom from David

2 Samuel 15,16

Through craftiness, Absalom stole the hearts of the people from David (2 Samuel 15) and David was forced to flee from Absalom, and left ten concubines behind to keep the house. Ahithophel who was David's adviser counseled him to go in unto his father's concubines. Absalom went ahead into his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel. He committed incest for doing so.

David took Bathsheba secretly, but Absalom went into the ten concubines in the sight of the nation. What a horrible situation David was in for his son to forcibly rape his father's concubines shamelessly in the sight of the nation. Can you imagine how horrified the righteous citizens would feel? The usurpation of the throne followed by incest!

Eventually, Absalom was killed and David mourned for his son even though Absalom sought for his kingdom and life. How David must have suffered! David wept, "O my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!"

G. Adonijah Tried to Usurp his Kingdom in his old age

1 Kings 1

David's son, Adonijah wanted to usurp his throne in his old age (vs.5) and was thwarted when Nathan warned Bathsheba. David had Solomon crowned instead.

Ark of the Covenant
Ark of the Covenant

David's Reaction to God's Chastening

David was aware of his own sins and he knew that God was punishing him and thus did not rebel against God's chastening, but meekly accepted his punishment.

A. David did not Rebel

David did not rant nor cried against God when he heard Nathan's reprimand from God. He did not try to justify his own weakness and sins, but submitted meekly to God Almighty and His mercy. He knew that God's mercy was boundless forgiving oneself when repented of one's wrongdoings.

2 Samuel 12:13

  • And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord.

B. David Had Confidence in God

When David was fleeing from Absalom, Zadok the priest and the Levites with him bore the ark of the covenant of God.ready to take the Ark of God wherever David went. David knew that the ark of God should rest in Jerusalem for it was the symbol of truth and righteousness of God and he sent the ark back to the people. The people of Israel needed the Ark of the Covenant as a symbol of truth. David did really care for his people even though they rejected him for his son Absalom.

2 Samuel 15:25,26

  • And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city: if I shall find favour in the eyes of the Lord, he will bring me again, and shew me both it, and his habitation
  • But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.

C. David Reaction to Shimei's Cursing

Shimei from the house of Saul cast stones at David cursing him when David was at Bahurim. Abishai, the commander of David's army wanted to kill Shimei, but David stopped him.

2 Samuel 16:11,12

  • And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the Lord hath bidden him.
  • It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day.

David was righteous in this regard for he would not simply take revenge on his enemy himself, but leave it in the hands of God who judged every one and all things on earth,

Chastening may be very painful, severe and long lasting, but God's judgment is perfect and He makes the punishment fit the crime. After the testing, the person is restored back into the bosom of the heavenly kingdom.

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    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      It is true. Some do not learn the true value of chastening is to make us repent and be humble to learn from our mistakes and be a better person.

    • PlanksandNails profile image


      7 years ago

      Unfortunately, many use David as an example to excuse their sin, but the fact is that they are ignorant of the chastening and consequences that David had to endure.

      Many are sorry that they got caught in their sin, but are not sorry for the sin itself. We cannot enter into into the kingdom of God without humility, repentance, and through the grace of Jesus Christ.

      Abusing God's grace is simply a unrepentant attitude.

      In the proper context, the story of David is a triumph of allowing God to build character. Through humility, David took responsibility for his sinful behaviors.

      God's love includes chastisement in order to humble us. David was made righteous again before God; we can allow God to do the same in our lives so we too also can have triumph in our own lives.

      There will always be consequences for our sins, but thank God that His grace is sufficient.

    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      His daughter

      God loves us and that is why He chastens us.

      When we learn our mistake, and asks for forgiveness, He will forgive us and we are all right with

      God. No one can enter into heaven with sin. We must be sinless.

      God bless.

    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA


      Thanks for agreeing.

    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Carl Jean

      It is our own actions that cause the chastisement. If we do not sin, God will not chastise us.

      Sorry I did not answer earlier.

      Broke my ankle and still in rehab hospital. Now it is two weeks.

      God bless.

    • profile image

      His daughter 

      7 years ago

      God's chastening is not a pleasant thought or experience, but because He is a holy God, He will not let evil pass without it. What you have conveyed through David is a good reminder to us all that we need to walk in the fear of the Lord on a daily basis.

    • Pollyannalana profile image


      7 years ago from US

      I think that is very true.

    • Cari Jean profile image

      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      When we sin there are always consequences and I guess those painful consequences are part of God's chastisement. Sometimes when life is difficult it is our own fault!

    • Pollyannalana profile image


      7 years ago from US

      Strange, I have been talking about this too lately. There are many people here that think everyone is going to heaven and that Gay people will too and I am sure you are more studied than me and I don't quote scripture unless it is to say to them look what it says here but it does no good. So anyway somewhere lately I have said if you live in sin you will be chastised (well if you live in sin you just may not be saved)and I remember the one place it said it was better for the man to die and his soul be saved but regardless the bible teaches us it is bastards if you are looking at someone calling himself a Christian and not being chastised so he thinks he is getting by with it but he will burn in hell. I am far from perfect and I confess my sin as I go or slip. God knows I have always wanted to be the perfect child but I cannot and I thank Him always for Jesus who I have had with me if I do right or wrong since I was saved, and yes it is probably the Holy Spirit but I call Him Jesus and I am sure He doesn't mind.

    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA


      I enjoyed your remarks very much. You have hit the nail on the head.

      You have consistently remarked on many of my hubs and I am thankful for your comments. Blessings and peace.

    • Tamarajo profile image


      7 years ago

      I have had His chastening before and discovered that His judgment is always followed by His mercy. I have learned to be ever so grateful for it.

      I enjoyed your study of Davids experience of correction and consequence.

      What I saw in your study that I never saw before was how Absalom who was so vengeful towards his brother and ends up murdering him for raping his sister ends up raping his fathers concubines and being killed he becomes what he hates.

    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Thank you for your comments. Peace and blessings in His name.

    • teacherjoe52 profile image


      7 years ago

      very good article


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