2 Samuel 13
Amnon loving Tamar, by Jonadab's cousel feigning himself sick, ravisheth her.
2 Samuel 13:1 And it came to passe after this, that Absalom the sonne of Dauid had a faire sister, whose name [was] Tamar: and Amnon the sonne of Dauid loued her. 2 Samuel 13:2 And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sicke for his sister Tamar: for she was a virgine, and Amnon thought it hard for him to doe any thing to her. 2 Samuel 13:3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name [was] Ionadab, the sonne of Shimeah, Dauids brother: and Ionadab [was] a very subtill man. 2 Samuel 13:4 And he saide vnto him, Why [art] thou, being the Kings sonne, leane from day to day? Wilt thou not tel me? and Amnon said vnto him, I loue Tamar my brother Absaloms sister. 2 Samuel 13:5 And Ionadab said vnto him, Lay thee downe on thy bed, and make thy selfe sicke: and when thy father commeth to see thee, say vnto him, I pray thee, let my sister Tamar come, and giue me meat, and dresse the meat in my sight, that I may see [it], and eate [it] at her hand.
2 Samuel 13:6 So Amnon lay downe, and made himselfe sicke: and when the king was come to see him, Amnon said vnto the king, I pray thee, let Tamar my sister come, & make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat at her hand. 2 Samuel 13:7 Then Dauid sent home to Tamar, saying, Goe now to thy brother Amnons house, and dresse him meat. 2 Samuel 13:8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnons house (and hee was laide downe) and she tooke flowre, and kneaded [it], and made cakes in his sight, and did bake the cakes. 2 Samuel 13:9 And she tooke a pan, and powred [them] out before him, but hee refused to eate: and Amnon said, Haue out all men from mee: And they went out euery man from him. 2 Samuel 13:10 And Amnon saide vnto Tamar, Bring the meate into the chamber, that I may eate of thine hand. And Tamar tooke the cakes which shee had made, and brought [them] into the chamber to Amnon her brother. 2 Samuel 13:11 And when shee had brought [them] vnto him to eate, hee tooke hold of her, and said vnto her, Come lye with mee, my sister. 2 Samuel 13:12 And she answered him, Nay, my brother, doe not force me: for no such thing ought to bee done in Israel; doe not thou this folly. 2 Samuel 13:13 And I, whither shall I cause my shame to goe? and as for thee, thou shalt be as one of the fooles in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, speake vnto the king, for he will not withhold me from thee. 2 Samuel 13:14 Howbeit hee would not hearken vnto her voice, but being stronger then shee, forced her, and lay with her.
He hateth her, and shamefully turneth her away.
2 Samuel 13:15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly, so that the hatred wherwith he hated her, was greater then the loue wherewith hee had loued her: And Amnon said vnto her, Arise, be gone. 2 Samuel 13:16 And she said vnto him, There is no cause: this euill in sending me away, is greater then the other that thou diddest vnto me: But he would not hearken vnto her. 2 Samuel 13:17 Then hee called his seruant that ministred vnto him, and said, Put now this [woman] out from mee, and bolt the doore after her. 2 Samuel 13:18 And shee had a garment of diuers colours vpon her: for with such robes were the Kings daughters, that were virgins, apparelled. Then his seruant brought her out, and bolted the doore after her.
Absalom entertaineth her, and concealeth his purpose.
2 Samuel 13:19 And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of diuers colours that was on her, and layde her hand on her head, and went on, crying. 2 Samuel 13:20 And Absalom her brother sayde vnto her, Hath Amnon thy brother beene with thee? But holde nowe thy peace, my sister: he is thy brother, regard not this thing. So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absaloms house.
2 Samuel 13:21 But when King Dauid heard of all these things, he was very wroth. 2 Samuel 13:22 And Absalom spake vnto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar.
At the sheepshearing, among all the king's sons, he killeth Amnon.
2 Samuel 13:23 And it came to passe after two full yeeres, that Absalom had sheepeshearers in Baal-Hazor, which [is] beside Ephraim: and Absalom inuited all the kings sonnes. 2 Samuel 13:24 And Absalom came to the King, and said, Behold now, thy seruant hath sheepe-shearers, Let the King, I beseech thee, and his seruants, goe with thy seruant. 2 Samuel 13:25 And the King sayde to Absalom, Nay, my sonne, let vs not all now goe, lest we be chargeable vnto thee. And he pressed him: howbeit he would not goe, but blessed him. 2 Samuel 13:26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let my brother Amnon goe with vs. And the King said vnto him, Why should he goe with thee? 2 Samuel 13:27 But Absalom pressed him, that he let Amnon and all the kings sonnes goe with him.
2 Samuel 13:28 Now Absalom had commanded his seruants, saying, Marke yee now when Amnons heart is merrie with wine, and when I say vnto you, Smite Amnon, then kill him, feare not: haue not I commanded you? be couragious, and be valiant. 2 Samuel 13:29 And the seruants of Absalom did vnto Amnon as Absalom had commanded: then all the Kings sonnes arose, and euery man gate him vp vpon his mule, and fled.
David grieving at the news is comforted by Jonadab.
2 Samuel 13:30 And it came to passe while they were in the way, that tidings came to Dauid, saying, Absalom hath slaine all the Kings sonnes, and there is not one of them left. 2 Samuel 13:31 Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the earth: and all his seruants stoode by with their clothes rent. 2 Samuel 13:32 And Ionadab the sonne of Shimeah Dauids brother, answered and said, Let not my lord suppose that they haue slaine all the yong men the Kings sonnes; for Amnon onely is dead: for by the appointment of Absalom this hath beene determined, from the day that he forced his sister Tamar. 2 Samuel 13:33 Now therefore let not my lord the King take the thing to his heart, to thinke that all the Kings sonnes are dead: for Amnon onely is dead. 2 Samuel 13:34 But Absalom fled: and the yong man that kept the watch, lift vp his eyes, and looked, and behold, there came much people by the way of the hill side behind him. 2 Samuel 13:35 And Ionadab said vnto the king, Behold, the kings sonnes come: as thy seruant said, so it is. 2 Samuel 13:36 And it came to passe assoone as hee had made an ende of speaking, that behold, the kings sonnes came, and lift vp their voice, and wept; and the King also and all his seruants wept very sore.
Absalom fleeth to Talmai at Geshur.
2 Samuel 13:37 But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai the sonne of Ammihud king of Geshur: and [Dauid] mourned for his sonne euery day. 2 Samuel 13:38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three yeeres. 2 Samuel 13:39 And [the soule of] king Dauid longed to goe foorth vnto Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.