But she answered him, "No, my brother, do not violate me, for 1such a thing is not done in Israel; do not dothis2disgracefulthing!
"As for me, where could I agetrid of my reproach? And as for you, you will be like one of the bfools in Israel. Now therefore, pleasespeak to the king, for 3he will not withhold me from you."
However, he would not listen to cher; since he was strongerthan she, he 4violated her and lay with her.
Then Amnonhated her with a verygreathatred; for the hatred with which he hated her was greaterthan the love with which he had loved her. And Amnonsaid to her, "Get up, go away!"
But she said to him, "No, becausethiswrong in sending me away is greaterthan the other that you have done to me!" Yet he would not listen to her.
Then he called his youngman who attended him and said, "Nowthrowthiswoman out of my presence, and lock the doorbehind her."
Now she had on 5a dlong-sleevedgarment; for in thismanner the virgindaughters of the kingdressed themselves in robes. Then his attendanttook her out and locked the doorbehind her.
196Tamarputeashes on her head and 7tore her flong-sleevedgarmentwhich was on her; and 8she put her hand on her head and went away, cryingaloud as she went.
Then Absalom her brothersaid to her, "Has Amnon your brotherbeen with you? But nowkeepsilent, my sister, he is your brother; do not takethismatter to heart." So Tamarremained and was desolate in her brotherAbsalom'shouse.
Now when KingDavidheard of allthesematters, he was veryangry.
But Absalom did not speak to Amnon9eithergoodorbad; for 10AbsalomhatedAmnonbecause he had violated his sisterTamar.
Now it came about after two fullyears that Absalom11hadsheepshearers in Baal-hazor, which is nearEphraim, and Absalominvitedall the king'ssons.
24Absalomcame to the king and said, "Beholdnow, your servant has sheepshearers; please let the king and his servantsgo with your servant."
But the kingsaid to Absalom, "No, my son, we should not allgo, for we will be burdensome to you." Although he gurged him, he would not go, but blessed him.
Then 12Absalomsaid, "If not, please let my brotherAmnongo with us." And the kingsaid to him, "Why should he go with you?"
But when Absalomhurged him, he letAmnon and all the king'ssonsgo with him.
28Absalomcommanded his servants, saying, "Seenow, 13when Amnon'sheart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, 'StrikeAmnon,' then put him to death. Do not fear; have not I myselfcommanded you? Be courageous and be ivaliant ."
The servants of Absalomdid to Amnonjust as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king'ssonsarose and eachmounted14his mule and fled.
Now it was while they were on the way that the reportcame to David, saying, "Absalom has struckdownall the king'ssons, and not one of them is left."
Then the kingarose, 15tore his clothes and 16lay on the ground; and all his servants were standing by with clothestorn.
3217Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David'sbrother, jresponded , "Do not let my lordksuppose they have put to deathall the youngmen, the king'ssons, for Amnonalone is dead; because by the lintent of Absalom this has beendeterminedsince the day that he violated his sisterTamar.
33"Now therefore, do not let my lord the king18take the report to mheart, namely, 'all the king'ssons are dead,' for onlyAmnon is dead."
Now 19Absalom had fled. And 20the youngman who was the watchmanraised his eyes and looked, and behold, manypeople were coming from the roadbehind him by the side of the mountain.
35Jonadabsaid to the king, "Behold, the king'ssons have come; according to your servant'sword, so it happened."
As soon as he had finishedspeaking, behold, the king'ssonscame and lifted their voices and wept; and also the king and all his servantsweptnverybitterly .
Now 21Absalomfled and went to 22Talmai the son of Ammihud, the king of 23Geshur. And David mourned for his soneveryday.
3824So Absalom had fled and gone to Geshur, and was therethreeyears.
The heart of KingDavidlonged to go out to Absalom; for 25he was comfortedconcerningAmnon, since he was dead.