Second Samuel 13


13:1 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 loved her.
13:2 And Amnon was so afflicted, that he fell sick for his
 sister Tamar; for she [was] a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard
 for him to do any thing to her.
13:3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name [was] Jonadab, the son
 of Shimeah David's brother: and Jonadab [was] a very subtil
 man.
13:4 And he said to him, Why [art] thou, [being] the king's son,
 pining from day to day? wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said
 to him, I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister.
13:5 And Jonadab said to him, Lay thee down on thy bed, and make
 thyself sick: and when thy father cometh to see thee, say to
 him, I pray thee, let my sister Tamar come, and give me food,
 and dress the food in my sight, that I may see [it], and eat
 [it] at her hand.
13:6 So Amnon lay down and made himself sick: and when the king
 came to see him, Amnon said to the king, I pray thee, let Tamar
 my sister come, and make for me a couple of cakes in my sight,
 that I may eat at her hand.
13:7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to thy
 brother Amnon's house, and dress meat for him.
13:8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house; and he was laid
 down. And she took flour, and kneaded [it], and made cakes in
 his sight, and baked the cakes.
13:9 And she took a pan, and poured [them] out before him; but
 he refused to eat. And Amnon said, Have out all men from me.
 And they went out every man from him.
13:10 And Amnon said to Tamar, Bring the food into the chamber,
 that I may eat from thy hand. And Tamar took the cakes which
 she had made, and brought [them] into the chamber to Amnon her
 brother.
13:11 And when she had brought [them] to him to eat, he took
 hold of her, and said to her, Come, lie with me, my sister.
13:12 And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do not force me;
 for no such thing ought to be done in Israel: do not thou this
 folly.
13:13 And I, whither shall I cause my shame to go? and as for
 thee, thou wilt be as one of the fools in Israel. Now
 therefore, I pray thee, speak to the king; for he will not
 withhold me from thee.
13:14 Howbeit, he would not hearken to her voice: but being
 stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her.
13:15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred with
 which he hated her [was] greater than the love with which he
 had loved her. And Amnon said to her, Arise, be gone.
13:16 And she said to him, [There is] no cause: this evil in
 sending me away [is] greater than the other that thou didst to
 me. But he would not hearken to her.
13:17 Then he called his servant that ministered to him, and
 said, Put now this [woman] out from me, and bolt the door after
 her.
13:18 And [she had] a garment of divers colors upon her: for
 with such robes were the king's daughters [that were] virgins
 appareled. Then his servant brought her out, and bolted the
 door after her.
13:19 And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of
 divers colors that [was] on her, and laid her hand on her head,
 and went on crying.
13:20 And Absalom her brother said to her, Hath Amnon thy
 brother been with thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: he
 [is] thy brother; regard not this thing. So Tamar remained
 desolate in her brother Absalom's house.
13:21 But when king David heard of all these things, he was very
 wroth.
13:22 And Absalom spoke to his brother Amnon neither good nor
 bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister
 Tamar.
13:23 And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had
 sheep-shearers in Baal-hazor, which [is] beside Ephraim: and
 Absalom invited all the king's sons.
13:24 And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, thy
 servant hath sheep-shearers; let the king, I beseech thee, and
 his servants go with thy servant.
13:25 And the king said to Absalom, Nay, my son, let us not all
 now go, lest we be chargeable to thee. And he pressed him: yet
 he would not go, but blessed him.
13:26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let my brother
 Amnon go with us. And the king said to him, Why should he go
 with thee?
13:27 But Absalom pressed him that he should let Amnon and all
 the king's sons go with him.
13:28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye
 now when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say to
 you, Smite Amnon; then kill him, fear not: have I not commanded
 you? be courageous, and be valiant.
13:29 And the servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had
 commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and every man rode
 upon his mule, and fled.
13:30 And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that
 information came to David, saying, Absalom hath slain all the
 king's sons, and there is not one of them left.
13:31 Then the king arose, and tore his garments, and lay on the
 earth; and all his servants stood by with their clothes rent.
13:32 And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother, answered
 and said, Let not my lord suppose [that] they have slain all
 the young men the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead: for by
 the appointment of Absalom this hath been determined from the
 day that he forced his sister Tamar.
13:33 Now therefore let not my lord the king take the thing to
 his heart, to think that all the king's sons are dead: for
 Amnon only is dead.
13:34 But Absalom fled. And the young man that kept the watch
 lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold, there came many
 people by the way of the hillside behind him.
13:35 And Jonadab said to the king, Behold, the king's sons
 come; as thy servant said, so it is.
13:36 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of
 speaking, that behold, the king's sons came, and lifted up
 their voice and wept: and the king also and all his servants
 wept exceedingly.
13:37 But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud,
 king of Geshur. And [David] mourned for his son every day.
13:38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three
 years.
13:39 And [the soul of] king David longed to go forth to
 Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was
 dead.
 
 

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