Why is there such a difference in the way King David responded to the death of his newborn son (he didn’t mourn for him) and how he responded to the death of Absalom?

When King David's child from his adulterous affair with Bathsheba died, he did not mourn (2 Samuel 12:20). Yet in 2 Samuel 18:33, we find King David mourning for his grown son, Absalom.  

David had many sons.  Why mourn for a grown man, a warrior, and not for an infant who had not even had a chance to live and grow?

2 Samuel 12:20

ESV - 20 Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. He then went to his own house. And when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate.

Clarify Share Report Asked January 02 2022 Mini Shirley H

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