2 Samuel 13:12-39

12 But she answered him, "No, my brother, do not violate me, for 1such a thing is not done in Israel; do not do this 2disgraceful thing!
13 "As for me, where could I get rid of my reproach? And as for you, you will be like one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, please speak to the king, for 3he will not withhold me from you."
14 However, he would not listen to her; since he was stronger than she, he 4violated her and lay with her.
15 Then Amnon hated her with a very great hatred; for the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, "Get up, go away!"
16 But she said to him, "No, because this wrong in sending me away is greater than the other that you have done to me!" Yet he would not listen to her.
17 Then he called his young man who attended him and said, "Now throw this woman out of my presence, and lock the door behind her."
18 Now she had on 5a long-sleeved garment; for in this manner the virgin daughters of the king dressed themselves in robes. Then his attendant took her out and locked the door behind her.
19 6Tamar put ashes on her head and 7tore her long-sleeved garment which was on her; and 8she put her hand on her head and went away, crying aloud as she went.
20 Then Absalom her brother said to her, "Has Amnon your brother been with you? But now keep silent, my sister, he is your brother; do not take this matter to heart." So Tamar remained and was desolate in her brother Absalom's house.
21 Now when King David heard of all these matters, he was very angry.
23 Now it came about after two full years that Absalom 11had sheepshearers in Baal-hazor, which is near Ephraim, and Absalom invited all the king's sons.

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 urged him, he would not go, but blessed him.
26 Then 12Absalom 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 urged him, he let Amnon and all the king's sons go with him.
28 Absalom commanded his servants, saying, "See now, 13when 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 valiant *."
29 The servants of Absalom did to Amnon just as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose and each mounted 14his 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, 15tore his clothes and 16lay on the ground; and all his servants were standing by with clothes torn.
32 17Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David's brother, responded *, "Do not let my lord suppose they have put to death all the young men, the king's sons, for Amnon alone is dead; because by the intent 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 18take the report to heart, namely, 'all the king's sons are dead,' for only Amnon is dead."
34 Now 19Absalom had fled. And 20the 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 very bitterly *.
37 Now 21Absalom fled and went to 22Talmai the son of Ammihud, the king of 23Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day.
38 24So 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 25he was comforted concerning Amnon, since he was dead.
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