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2 Samuel 13:32

32 But Jonadab son of Shimeah, David’s brother, said, “My lord should not think that they killed all the princes; only Amnon is dead. This has been Absalom’s express intention ever since the day Amnon raped his sister Tamar.

Read 2 Samuel 13:32 Using Other Translations

And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother, answered and said, Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead: for by the appointment of Absalom this hath been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar.
But Jonadab the son of Shimeah, David's brother, said, "Let not my lord suppose that they have killed all the young men, the king's sons, for Amnon alone is dead. For by the command of Absalom this has been determined from the day he violated his sister Tamar.
But just then Jonadab, the son of David’s brother Shimea, arrived and said, “No, don’t believe that all the king’s sons have been killed! It was only Amnon! Absalom has been plotting this ever since Amnon raped his sister Tamar.

What does 2 Samuel 13:32 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Samuel 13:32

And Jonadab the son of Shimeah, David's brother
The same that advised Amnon to feign himself sick, to get Tamar sent to him, that he might enjoy her, ( 2 Samuel 13:3 ) ;

answered and said;
said in answer to the report brought to the king, which threw him into such an agony:

let not my lord suppose [that] they have slain all the young men the
king's sons;
he did not believe it himself, and would not have the king entertain such a thought, and distress himself with it:

for Amnon only is dead;
he is very positive, and speaks with great assurance; it looks as if he was in the secret, and knew of the plot against Amnon's life; and, if so, he must be a very wicked man, first to form a scheme whereby Amnon might come at Tamar to ravish her, and then be accessory to the murder of him, as he must, if he knew of the design against his life, and did not acquaint him and the king of it; and this seems to be confirmed by what follows:

for by the appointment of Absalom this hath been determined, from the
day that he forced his sister Tamar;
that is, the slaying of Amnon; the meaning is, either that Absalom had given orders to his servants to slay him, whenever they had an opportunity; or it was "in the mouth of Absalom" F16, as it may be rendered; he used to declare it to his intimate friends, that it was the purpose and resolution of his heart to kill Amnon some time or another; and this he had taken up from the time of his sister Tamar's being forced, and because of that, of which Jonadab had intelligence by some means or another; and who speaks of this rape without any seeming emotion, as if he had no concern at all in it.


FOOTNOTES:

F16 (Mwlvba yp le) "in ore Absalom", V. L. Vatablus.
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