2 Samuel 13
Amnon loving Tamar, by Jonadab's cousel feigning himself sick, ravisheth her.
2 Samuel 13:1 After this it chaunced that Absalom the sonne of Dauid had a fayre syster, named Thamar, whom Amnon the sonne of Dauid loued. 2 Samuel 13:2 And he was so sore vexed, that he fell sycke for the loue of hys syster Thamar: for she was a virgyn, and he thought it harde for hym to haue hys purpose of her. 2 Samuel 13:3 But Amnon had a frende, called Ionadab, þe sonne of Simeah Dauids brother: and Ionadab was a very wyse man. 2 Samuel 13:4 And he sayde vnto him: how cometh it, that thou beyng the kinges sonne, art thus consumed euery daye? Wylt thou not tell me? Amnon answered hym: I loue Thamar my brother Absaloms syster. 2 Samuel 13:5 Ionadab sayde vnto him: laye þe downe on thy bedde, & make thy selfe sicke. And when thy father is come to se the, saye vnto hym: Oh let my syster Thamar come, and geue me meate, & dresse it in my syght, that I maye se it and eate it of her hande.
2 Samuel 13:6 And so Amnon laye downe, & made hym selfe sycke. And when the kynge was come to se him, Amnon sayde vnto him: Oh let Thamar my syster come, & make me a couple of frytters in my sygth, that I maye eate of her hande. 2 Samuel 13:7 Then Dauid sent home to Thamar, sayeng: go now to thy brother Amnon house, and dresse him meate. 2 Samuel 13:8 So Thamar wente to her brother Amnons house, and he was layed downe. And she toke floure, and made paste, and dressed frytters in his syght, & dyd bake them, 2 Samuel 13:9 and toke a platter, & powred them out before him, but he wolde not eate. 2 Samuel 13:10 And Amnon sayde: Haue out all men from me. And they went all out from hym. And Amnon sayde vnto Thamar: brynge the meate into the chambre, that I maye eate of thyne hand. And Thamar toke the frytters, whych she had made, & brought them into the chambre to Amnon her brother. 2 Samuel 13:11 And whan she had set them before him, to eate, he toke her, and sayd vnto her: come lye wt me my syster. 2 Samuel 13:12 And she answered him: nay my brother, do not force me, for there hath no such thinge bene done in Israel: do not thou this abhominacion. 2 Samuel 13:13 For whither shall I be able to go wt my shame? And thou shalt be as one of the foles in Israel. O speake vnto the kynge, and he shall not denye me vnto the. 2 Samuel 13:14 Howbeit he wolde not herken vnto her voyce but toke her, & forced her, and laye wt her.
He hateth her, and shamefully turneth her away.
2 Samuel 13:15 And then Amnon hated her excedynglye: so that þe hate wher wyth he hated her, was greater then þe loue, wt which he before loued her. And Amnon sayde vnto her: vp, & get þe hence. 2 Samuel 13:16 She answered him: Thou hast no cause. This euell þt þu puttest me awaye is greater then þe other that þu dyddest vnto me. Neuerthelesse he wolde not heare her, 2 Samuel 13:17 but called his boye that serued him, & sayd: put a waye this woman from me, & bolt þe dore after her. 2 Samuel 13:18 And she had a kirtell of diuerse coloures vpon her: for wt soche were þe kynges daughters (that were virgines) appareled. Then his seruaunt brought her oute, and locked þe dore after her.
Absalom entertaineth her, and concealeth his purpose.
2 Samuel 13:19 And Thamar toke & put asshes on her heed, & rent her gaye kyrtell þt was on her, & layed her hande on her heed, & so went: & as she went, cryed. 2 Samuel 13:20 And Absalom her brother sayde vnto her: hath Amnon thy brother bene with the? Now yet be still my syster: he is thy brother. Let not this thynge greue thine hert And so Thamar remayned desolate in her brother Absaloms house.
2 Samuel 13:21 But whan kynge Dauid heard of all these thinges, he was very wroth. 2 Samuel 13:22 And Absalom sayde vnto hys brother Amnon nether good ner badd. Howbeit Absalom hated Amnon because he had forced hys syster Thamar.
At the sheepshearing, among all the king's sons, he killeth Amnon.
2 Samuel 13:23 And it happened after two yere, that Absalom had shepe shearers in þe playne of Hazor besyde the trybe of Ephraim, & bad all þe kynges sonnes, 2 Samuel 13:24 and cam to the kyng, & sayd: beholde, thy seruaunt hath shepe sherers, let the kynge wt his seruauntes come to thy seruaunte. 2 Samuel 13:25 The king answered Absalom: naye my sonne. We will not go all, ner be chargeable vnto the. And Absalom laye sore vpon hym: howbeit he wolde not go, but blessed hym. 2 Samuel 13:26 Then sayd Absalom: Yf thou wylt not come, then let my brother Amnon go wt vs. And the kynge answered hym: what nedeth it, that he go wyth the? 2 Samuel 13:27 But Absalom made soche instance that he let Amnon, & all þe kynges chyldren go with hym.
2 Samuel 13:28 Nowe had Absalom commaunded his younge men, sayenge: marke when Amnons hert is mery wyth wyne & when I byd you smyte Amnon, then kyll hym: and feare not, haue not I bydden you? be bolde therfore, & playe the men. 2 Samuel 13:29 And the younge men of Absalom dyd vnto Amnon euen as Absalom had commaunded. And all the kynges sonnes arose, & euery man gat hym vp, vpon hys Mule, & fled.
David grieving at the news is comforted by Jonadab.
2 Samuel 13:30 And it fortuned, that whyle they were yet in the waye, tydynges cam to Dauid sayeng: Absalom hath slayne all the kynges sonnes, & there is none left alyue. 2 Samuel 13:31 Then Dauid arose, & tare his garmentes, and laye along on þe erth: & all his seruauntes stode by with theyr clothes rent. 2 Samuel 13:32 And Ionadab the sonne of Simeah Dauids brother, answered, and sayde: let not my Lorde suppose þt they haue slayne all the younge men the kynges sonnes, saue Amnon only is deed. For that hath bene determined in Absaloms mynde, sence he forced hys syster Thamar. 2 Samuel 13:33 Nowe therfore, let not my Lorde the kynge take the thynge so greuouslye, to thincke that all þe kinges sonnes are deed, saue Amnon only is deed. 2 Samuel 13:34 But Absalom fled. And the younge man that kept the watche, lyfte vp hys eyes, and loked: And beholde, ther cam moche people by a waye, a longe by the hynder parte on an hylles syde. 2 Samuel 13:35 And Ionadab sayde vnto the kynge: beholde, the kynges sonnes come: As thy seruaunt sayde, so it is. 2 Samuel 13:36 And as sone as he had lefte speakynge: beholde, the kynges sonnes came, and lyfte vp theyr voyces, and wepte. The kynge also and all hys seruauntes wepte excedyngly.
Absalom fleeth to Talmai at Geshur.
2 Samuel 13:37 But Absalom escaped, and went to Thalmai the sonne of Amihur kynge of Gesur. And Dauid mourned for hys sonne euery daye. 2 Samuel 13:38 And so Absalom escaped and went to Gesur, and was there thre yeares. 2 Samuel 13:39 And kynge Dauid desyred to go forth vnto Absalom: For where as Amnon was deed, he was comforted ouer hym.