And unto Absalom there were born three sons
Who very probably died young; and the rather it may be thought so, since their names are not given, and more especially since it is said that Absalom had no sons, and therefore erected a pillar to keep up the remembrance of his name; unless it can be thought that that was set up before he had any sons, which is not so likely; see ( 2 Samuel 18:18 ) ;
and one daughter, whose name [was] Tamar;
and whom he named after his sister Tamar, who was ravished by Amnon; the Septuagint version in some copies adds,
``and she became the wife of Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, and bore to him Abia;''and so says Josephus F2; see ( 1 Kings 15:22 ) ( 2 Chronicles 11:20 ) ;
she was a woman of a fair countenance;
as was her aunt, after whom she was named, ( 2 Samuel 13:1 ) ; by this it appears that she lived to a woman's estate, though the sons of Absalom died young.
F2 Ut supra. (Antiqu. l. 7. c. 8. sect. 5.)