"Thou Art The Man"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 128

Context: Having an adulterous relationship which leads to the pregnancy of Bathsheba, King David commands that Uriah, the husband of the beautiful woman, be placed in the front line of battle. The prophet of the Lord, Nathan, enraged when the king causes the death of the husband and marries Bathsheba, convinces David of his guilt by telling him a parable of a rich man who confiscates the only lamb of a poor man:

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And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan. As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. . . .

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