2 Samuel 13:21-33 (Lexham English Bible)

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Absalom Kills Amnon

21 Now King David heard all these things, and {he became very angry}.a 22 Absalom did not speak with Amnon {either bad or good},b for Absalom hated Amnon {over the matter when}c he raped Tamar his sister. 23 {About two full years later},d Absalom's shearers were in Baal Hazor, which [is] near Ephraim, and Absalom summoned all the sons of the king. 24 Then Absalom went to the king and said, "Look, here [are] your servant's shearers; please let the king and his servants go with your servant. 25 The king said to Absalom, "No my son, not all of us shall go, so that we not be a burden to you." And he urged him, but he [was] not willing to go, but he blessed him. 26 So Absalom said, "But [will you] not let Amnon my brother go with us?" And the king said to him, "Why should he go with you?" 27 But Absalom pressed him, so he sent Amnon with him and all of the sons of the king. 28 Absalom commanded his servants, saying, "Please watch. At the moment the heart of Amnon [is] {tipsy}e with wine, then I shall say to you, 'Strike Amnon down,' and you shall kill him! Don't be afraid. [Is] it not I myself who has commanded you? Be courageous and be {valiant!}f 29 So Absalom's servants did to Amnon just as Absalom commanded, and all the sons of the king got up, and each mounted his mule and fled. 30 {While they were on the way},g the message came to David, "Absalom has killed all the sons of the king, and not one of them [was] left." 31 Then the king rose and tore his garments, and he lay on the ground, and all his servants standing by [were] tearing their garments. 32 Then Jonadab the son of Shimeah, the brother of David, responded and said, "My lord should not think that all the young men, the sons of the king, [are] dead, because only Amnon [is] dead. {Absalom was talking about it},h as it was being determined from the day hei raped Tamar his sister. 33 So then, let not my lord the king set his heart on this matter, thinking, 'All the sons of the king [are] dead,' for only Amnon alone [is] dead."
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