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2 Samuel 13:16-26 (GOD'S WORD Translation)

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16 She said to him, "No, sending me away is a greater wrong than the other thing you did to me!" But he wouldn't listen to her. 17 Then he called his personal servant and said, "Get rid of her. Put her out, and bolt the door behind her." 18 (She was wearing a long-sleeved gown. The king's virgin daughters wore this kind of robe.) So his servant took her out and bolted the door behind her. 19 Tamar put ashes on her head, tore the long-sleeved gown she had on, put her hands on her head, and went away crying. 20 Her brother Absalom asked her, "Has your brother Amnon been with you? Sister, be quiet for now. He's your brother. Don't dwell on this matter." So Tamar stayed there at the home of her brother Absalom and was depressed. 21 When King David heard about this, he became very angry. But David didn't punish his son Amnon. He favored Amnon because he was his firstborn son. 22 Absalom wouldn't speak at all to Amnon. He hated Amnon for raping his sister Tamar. 23 Two years later Absalom had sheepshearers at Baal Hazor near Ephraim. He invited all the king's sons. 24 Absalom went to the king and said, "Since I have sheepshearers, Your Majesty and your officials are invited [to feast] with me." 25 "No, Son," the king answered Absalom. "If we all go, we'll be a burden to you." Even when Absalom continued to urge him, David did not want to go, though he did give Absalom his blessing. 26 So Absalom said, "If you won't go, then please let my brother Amnon go with us." "Why should he go with you?" the king asked him.
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