2 Samuel 13
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2 Samuel 13
Amnon and Tamar...
And after this it came to be that Abshalom son of Dawid had a lovely sister, whose name was Tamar, and Amnon son of Dawid loved her.
And Amnon was distressed, even to become sick, because of his sister Tamar - for she was a maiden - and it was hard in the eyes of Amnon to do whatever to her.
And Amnon had a friend whose name was Yonadab son of Shim'ah, Dawid's brother. Now Yonadab was a very wise man.
And he said to him, 'Why are you, the sovereign's son, becoming thinner day after day? Explain it to me.' And Amnon said to him, 'I love Tamar, my brother Abshalom's sister.'
And Yonadab said to him, 'Lie down on your bed and pretend to be sick. And when your father comes to see you, say to him, 'Please let my sister Tamar come and give me food, and make the food before my eyes so that I see it, and eat it from her hand.''
So Amnon lay down and pretended to be sick. And when the sovereign came to see him, Amnon said to the sovereign, 'Please let Tamar my sister come and make a couple of cakes for me before my eyes, so that I eat from her hand.'
And Dawid sent to Tamar, to the house, saying, 'Please go to the house of your brother Amnon, and make food for him.'
So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house, while he was lying down. And she took dough and kneaded it, and made cakes before his eyes, and baked the cakes.
And she took the pan and turned them out before him, but he refused to eat. And Amnon said, 'Make everyone go away from me.' And they all went out from him.
And Amnon said to Tamar, 'Bring the food into the bedroom, that I eat from your hand.' And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them to Amnon her brother in the bedroom.
And she brought them to him to eat, and he took hold of her and said to her, 'Come, lie with me, my sister.'
And she answered him, 'No, my brother, do not humble me, for it is not done so in Yisra'el. Do not do this wickedness!
'And I, where could I take my shame? And you - you would be like one of the fools in Yisra'el. And now, please speak to the sovereign, for he would not withhold me from you.'
But he would not listen to her voice, and being stronger than she, he humbled her and lay with her.
Amnon then 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, go!'
And she said to him, 'No, for this evil of sending me away is worse than the other you have done to me.' But he would not listen to her.
And he called his young man serving him, and said, 'Now put this one out, away from me, and bolt the door behind her.'
And she had on a long coat, for the sovereign's maiden daughters wore such garments. And his servant put her out and bolted the door behind her.
And Tamar put ashes on her head, and tore her long coat that was on her, and put her hand on her head and went away crying bitterly.
And Abshalom her brother said to her, 'Has Amnon your brother been with you? But now, keep silent, my sister. He is your brother, do not take this matter to heart.' So Tamar remained in the house of her brother Abshalom, but was ruined.
And Sovereign Dawid heard all these reports, and he was very wroth.
And Abshalom spoke to his brother Amnon neither good nor evil. For Abshalom hated Amnon, because he had humbled his sister Tamar.
Absalom Kills Amnon...
And it came to be, after two years, that Abshalom had sheep-shearers in Ba`al Hatsor, which is beside Ephrayim, and Abshalom invited all the sons of the sovereign.
And Abshalom came to the sovereign and said, 'See, your servant has sheep-shearers. Please, let the sovereign and his servants go with your servant.'
But the sovereign said to Abshalom, 'No, my son, let us not all go now, lest we be too heavy on you.' And he urged him, but he would not go. And he blessed him.
And Abshalom said, 'If not, please let my brother Amnon go with us.' And the sovereign said to him, 'Why should he go with you?'
And Abshalom urged him, so he let Amnon and all the sons of the sovereign go with him.
And Abshalom had commanded his servants, saying, 'Watch, and when the heart of Amnon is glad with wine, and I shall say to you, 'Smite Amnon!' then kill him. Do not be afraid. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and brave.'
Then the servants of Abshalom did to Amnon as Abshalom had commanded. Then all the sons of the sovereign rose up, and each one mounted his mule and fled.
And it came to be, while they were on the way, that news came to Dawid, saying, 'Abshalom has smitten all the sons of the sovereign, and not one of them is left!'
And the sovereign rose up and tore his garments and lay on the ground, and all his servants stood by with their garments torn.
And Yonadab son of Shim'ah, Dawid's brother, answered and said, 'Do not let my master say they have killed all the young men, the sons of the sovereign, for only Amnon is dead. For by the command of Abshalom this has been appointed from the day that he humbled his sister Tamar.
'And now, let not my master the sovereign take the matter to his heart, to think that all the sons of the sovereign are dead. For only Amnon is dead.'
And Abshalom fled, and the young man who was watching lifted up his eyes and looked and saw many people were coming from the way behind him, on the side of the hill.
Then Yonadab said to the sovereign, 'Look, the sons of the sovereign are coming; as your servant said, so it is.'
And it came to be, as soon as he had finished speaking, that look, the sons of the sovereign came, and they lifted up their voice and wept. And the sovereign too, and all his servants wept very bitterly.
But Abshalom fled and went to Talmai son of Ammihud, sovereign of Geshur. And Dawid mourned for his son all the days.
So Abshalom fled and went to Geshur, and was there three years.
Sovereign Dawid then longed to go to Abshalom, for he had been comforted concerning Amnon, because he was dead.
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