2nd Samuel 12

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The Second Book of Samuel

Chapter 13


And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name [was] Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved4 her.


And Amnon was so vexed,4 that he fell sick99 for his sister Tamar; for she [was] a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard11 for him to do2 any thing to her.


But Amnon had a friend, whose name [was] Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother: and Jonadab [was] a very subtil man.


And he said4 unto him, Why [art] thou, [being] the king's son, lean from day to day? wilt thou not tell55 me? And Amnon said4 unto him, I love6 Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister.


And Jonadab said4 unto him, Lay thee down3 on thy bed, and make thyself sick:100 and when thy father cometh1 to see2 thee, say1 unto him, I pray thee, let my sister Tamar come,4 and give55 me meat, and dress1 the meat in my sight, that I may see4 [it], and eat1 [it] at her hand.


So Amnon lay down,4 and made himself sick:101 and when the king was come4 to see2 him, Amnon said4 unto the king, I pray thee, let Tamar my sister come,4 and make17 me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat4 at her hand.


Then David sent4 home to Tamar, saying,2 Go3 now to thy brother Amnon's house, and dress3 him meat.


So Tamar went4 to her brother Amnon's house; and he was laid down.6 And she took4 flour, and kneaded4 [it], and made cakes17 in his sight, and did bake17 the cakes.


And she took4 a pan, and poured4 [them] out before him; but he refused17 to eat.2 And Amnon said,4 Have out54 all men from me. And they went out4 every man from him.


And Amnon said4 unto Tamar, Bring54 the meat into the chamber, that I may eat4 of thine hand. And Tamar took4 the cakes which she had made,1 and brought55 [them] into the chamber to Amnon her brother.


And when she had brought55 [them] unto him to eat,2 he took hold55 of her, and said4 unto her, Come3 lie3 with me, my sister.


And she answered4 him, Nay, my brother, do not force17 me; for no such thing ought to be done11 in Israel: do4 not thou this folly.


And I, whither shall I cause my shame to go?55 and as for thee, thou shalt be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray thee, speak16 unto the king; for he will not withhold4 me from thee.


Howbeit he would1 not hearken2 unto her voice: but, being stronger4 than she, forced17 her, and lay4 with her.


Then Amnon hated4 her exceedingly; 1419 so that the hatred wherewith he hated1 her [was] greater than the love wherewith he had loved1 her. And Amnon said4 unto her, Arise,3 be gone.3


And she said4 unto him, [There is] no cause: this evil in sending me away15 [is] greater than the other that thou didst1 unto me. But he would1 not hearken2 unto her.


Then he called4 his servant that ministered18 unto him, and said,4 Put3 now this [woman] out from me, and bolt3 the door after her.


And [she had] a garment of divers colours upon her: for with such robes were the king's daughters [that were] virgins apparelled.4 Then his servant18 brought55 her out, and bolted1 the door after her.


And Tamar put4 ashes on her head, and rent1 her garment of divers colours that [was] on her, and laid4 her hand on her head, and went4 on2 crying.1


And Absalom her brother said4 unto her, Hath Amnon thy brother been with thee? but hold now thy peace,54 my sister: he [is] thy brother; regard4 3820 not this thing. So Tamar remained4 desolate6 in her brother Absalom's house.


But when king David heard1 of all these things, he was very wroth.4


And Absalom spake14 unto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom hated1 Amnon, because he had forced14 his sister Tamar.


And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers6 in Baalhazor, which [is] beside Ephraim: and Absalom invited4 all the king's sons.


And Absalom came4 to the king, and said,4 Behold now, thy servant hath sheepshearers;6 let the king, I beseech thee, and his servants go4 with thy servant.


And the king said4 to Absalom, Nay, my son, let us not all now go,4 lest we be chargeable4 unto thee. And he pressed4 him: howbeit he would1 not go,2 but blessed17 him.


Then said4 Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let my brother Amnon go4 with us. And the king said4 unto him, Why should he go4 with thee?


But Absalom pressed4 him, that he let Amnon and all the king's sons go4 with him.


Now Absalom had commanded17 his servants, saying,2 Mark3 ye now when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say1 unto you, Smite54 Amnon; then kill52 him, fear4 not: have not I commanded14 you? be courageous,3 and be valiant. 2428


And the servants of Absalom did4 unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded.14 Then all the king's sons arose,4 and every man gat him up4 upon his mule, and fled.4


And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that tidings came1 to David, saying,2 Absalom hath slain52 all the king's sons, and there is not one of them left.8


Then the king arose,4 and tare4 his garments, and lay4 on the earth; and all his servants stood12 by with their clothes rent.7


And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother, answered4 and said,4 Let not my lord suppose4 [that] they have slain52 all the young men the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead:1 for by the appointment of Absalom this hath been determined7 from the day that he forced15 his sister Tamar.


Now therefore let not my lord the king take4 the thing to his heart, to think2 that all the king's sons are dead:1 for Amnon only is dead.1


But Absalom fled.4 And the young man that kept the watch6 lifted up4 his eyes, and looked,4 and, behold, there came6 much people by the way of the hill side behind him.


And Jonadab said4 unto the king, Behold, the king's sons come:1 as thy servant said, so it is.


And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end15 of speaking,15 that, behold, the king's sons came,1 and lifted up4 their voice and wept:4 and the king also and all his servants wept1 very sore. 1419


But Absalom fled,1 and went4 to Talmai, the son of Ammihud, 5989 king of Geshur. And [David] mourned101 for his son every day.


So Absalom fled,1 and went4 to Geshur, and was there three years.


And [the soul of] king David longed17 to go forth2 unto Absalom: for he was comforted8 concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.1

2nd Samuel 14





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