"One Little Ewe Lamb"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 211

Context: King David, having an adulterous relationship which leads to the pregnancy of Bathsheba, the beautiful wife of one of his soldiers, orders the husband, Uriah, placed in the front lines of battle, where he would be certain to be killed. When David marries Bathsheba, the prophet Nathan, by telling him a parable of a rich man and a poor man, makes him realize that he is like the rich man who takes away the only little ewe lamb of the poor man:

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. . . There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.
The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:
But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
And there came a traveler unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.

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