2 Samuel 13:24-39 (New American Standard)

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Absalom Avenges Tamar

24 Absalom came to the king and said, "Behold now, your servant has sheepshearers; please let the king and his servants go with your servant." 25 But the king said to Absalom, "No, my son, we should not all go, for we will be burdensome to you." Although he aurged him, he would not go, but blessed him. 26 Then 1Absalom said, "If not, please let my brother Amnon go with us." And the king said to him, "Why should he go with you?" 27 But when Absalom burged him, he let Amnon and all the king's sons go with him. 28 Absalom commanded his servants, saying, "See now, 2when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, 'Strike Amnon,' then put him to death. Do not fear; have not I myself commanded you? Be courageous and be cvaliant ." 29 The servants of Absalom did to Amnon just as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose and each mounted 3his mule and fled. 30 Now it was while they were on the way that the report came to David, saying, "Absalom has struck down all the king's sons, and not one of them is left." 31 Then the king arose, 4tore his clothes and 5lay on the ground; and all his servants were standing by with clothes torn. 32 6Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David's brother, dresponded , "Do not let my lord esuppose they have put to death all the young men, the king's sons, for Amnon alone is dead; because by the fintent of Absalom this has been determined since the day that he violated his sister Tamar. 33 "Now therefore, do not let my lord the king 7take the report to gheart, namely, 'all the king's sons are dead,' for only Amnon is dead." 34 Now 8Absalom had fled. And 9the young man who was the watchman raised his eyes and looked, and behold, many people were coming from the road behind him by the side of the mountain. 35 Jonadab said to the king, "Behold, the king's sons have come; according to your servant's word, so it happened." 36 As soon as he had finished speaking, behold, the king's sons came and lifted their voices and wept; and also the king and all his servants wept hvery bitterly . 37 Now 10Absalom fled and went to 11Talmai the son of Ammihud, the king of 12Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day. 38 13So Absalom had fled and gone to Geshur, and was there three years. 39 The heart of King David longed to go out to Absalom; for 14he was comforted concerning Amnon, since he was dead.
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