No Sin Goes unpunished

Following David’s sin was a cover up that led to the assassination of Uriah. God was not happy with David and he sent Nathan to rebuke David for his Sin. '"The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation." numbers 14:18.

David’s sin affected his own generation even though they had nothing to do with it. God will not let any sin go unpunished despite his attributes of love and slow to anger. When Nathan met David, he said to him,

"This is what the LORD says: 'Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.' Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." Nathan replied, "The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the LORD show utter contempt, the son born to you will die." After Nathan had gone home, the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife had borne to David, and he became ill. 16 David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and went into his house and spent the nights lying on the ground. The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them. On the seventh day the child died. 2 Sam 11-18.

Though David accepted his sin and repented before the Lord, the repercussion of his sin still remained. His own child is the one who had to pay the penalty of his sin. The same continued to his generation with Amnon David’s son raping his sister Tamar. As a result, Absalom struck dead his brother Amnon. 2 Sam 13:1-32.

Lamentation 5:7 Our fathers sinned and are no more, and we bear their punishment.
David’s story reveals to us that it’s the children who suffer whenever there is misunderstanding between parents, issues of divorce and unfaithfulness within marriage. Those who sin in darkness God will expose them in broad day light.

“If I sinned, you would be watching me and would not let my offense go unpunished. Job 10:14


  1. There is a correction that must be made in this devotional. Both Absalom and Amnon are David's sons. Tamar is Absalom's sister. All are David's children

  2. Thanks for correction. You are right, they are all David's children.

  3. Does this still count even after Christ died for our sins? These words r making me so uncomfortable

    1. You asked a very broad question, so it really depends on the context of your question. Let's take this specific scenario in Scripture to answer your question. David sinned with Bathsheba, had her husband killed, married Bathsheba, and then repented of his sin after Nathan came along side him and exposed his sin. David's son with Bathsheba still died, even though David had repented (and ultimately was forgiven for his sin of adultery/murder). That right there is an example of how God can and will still punish sin. God never is "okay with sin." At the end of the day though, if you are saved by grace through the finished work of Jesus Christ(Ephesians 2:8-10), you have heaven to look forward to and that will never be taken away. (John 10:27-30/Romans 8:1)

  4. Please clarify properly the message of Christ concerning punishment of sin. If a person falls in His walk with God after several years, but then regains His feet in God, will the person be punished for the sins that made Him fall?

  5. Isaiah 53:5 "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed." None of our sin goes unpunished, but thanks be to God that Jesus Christ to the punishment that was due us.