2 Samuel 13
Amnon loving Tamar, by Jonadab's cousel feigning himself sick, ravisheth her.
2 Samuel 13:1 And it came to pass after this that Ammon the son of David loved the sister of Absalom the son of David, who was very beautiful, and her name was Thamar. 2 Samuel 13:2 And he was exceedingly fond of her, so that he fell sick for the love of her: for as she was a virgin, he thought it hard to do any thing dishonestly with her. 2 Samuel 13:3 Now Ammon had a friend, named Jonadab the son of Semmaa the brother of David, a very wise man: 2 Samuel 13:4 And he said to him: Why dost thou grow so lean from day to day, O son of the king? why dost thou not tell me the reason of it? And Ammon said to him: I am in love with Thamar the sister of my brother Absalom. 2 Samuel 13:5 And Jonadab said to him: Lie down upon thy bed, and feign thyself sick: and when thy father shall come to visit thee, say to him: Let my sister Thamar, I pray thee, come to me, to give me to eat, and to make me a mess, that I may eat it at her hand.
2 Samuel 13:6 So Ammon lay down, and made as if he were sick: and when the king came to visit him, Ammon said to the king: I pray thee let my sister Thamar come, and make in my sight two little messes, that I may eat at her hand. 2 Samuel 13:7 Then David sent home to Thamar, saying: Come to the house of thy brother Ammon, and make him a mess. 2 Samuel 13:8 And Thamar came to the house of Ammon her brother: but he was laid down: and she took meal and tempered it: and dissolving it in his sight she made little messes. 2 Samuel 13:9 And taking what she had boiled, she poured it out, and set it before him, but he would not eat: and Ammon said: Put out all persons from me. And when they had put all persons out, 2 Samuel 13:10 Ammon said to Thamar: Bring the mess into the chamber, that I may eat at thy hand. And Thamar took the little messes which she had made, and brought them in to her brother Ammon in the chamber. 2 Samuel 13:11 And when she had presented him the meat, he took hold of her, and said: Come lie with me, my sister. 2 Samuel 13:12 She answered him: Do not so, my brother, do not force me: for no such thing must be done in Israel. Do not thou this folly. 2 Samuel 13:13 For I shall not be able to bear my shame, and thou shalt be as one of the fools in Israel: but rather speak to the king, and he will not deny me to thee. 2 Samuel 13:14 But he would not hearken to her prayers, but being stronger overpowered her and lay with her.
He hateth her, and shamefully turneth her away.
2 Samuel 13:15 Then Ammon hated her with an exceeding great hatred: so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her before. And Ammon said to her: Arise, and get thee gone. 2 Samuel 13:16 She answered him: The evil which now thou dost against me, in driving me away, is greater than that which thou didst before. And he would not hearken to her: 2 Samuel 13:17 But calling the servants that ministered to him, he said: Thrust this woman out from me: and shut the door after her. 2 Samuel 13:18 And she was clothed with a long robe: for the king's daughters that were virgins, used such kind of garments. Then his servant thrust her out: and shut the door after her.
Absalom entertaineth her, and concealeth his purpose.
2 Samuel 13:19 And she put ashes on her head, and rent her long robe and laid her hands upon her head, and went on crying. 2 Samuel 13:20 And Absalom her brother said to her: Hath thy brother Ammon lain with thee? but now, sister, hold thy peace, he is thy brother: and afflict not thy heart for this thing. So Thamar remained pining away in the house of Absalom her brother.
2 Samuel 13:21 And when king David heard of these things he was exceedingly grieved: and he would not afflict the spirit of his son Ammon, for he loved him, because he was his firstborn. 2 Samuel 13:22 But Absalom spoke not to Ammon neither good nor evil: for Absalom hated Ammon because he had ravished his sister Thamar.
At the sheepshearing, among all the king's sons, he killeth Amnon.
2 Samuel 13:23 And it came to pass after two years, that the sheep of Absalom were shorn in Baalhasor, which is near Ephraim: and Absalom invited all the king's sons: 2 Samuel 13:24 And he came to the king, and said to him: Behold thy servant's sheep are shorn. Let the king, I pray, with his servants come to his servant. 2 Samuel 13:25 And the king said to Absalom: Nay, my son, do not ask that we should all come, and be chargeable to thee. And when he pressed him, and he would not go, he blessed him. 2 Samuel 13:26 And Absalom said: If thou wilt not come, at least let my brother Ammon, I beseech thee, come with us. And the king said to him: It is not necessary that he should go with thee. 2 Samuel 13:27 But Absalom pressed him, so that he let Ammon and all the king's sons go with him. And Absalom made a feast as it were the feast of a king.
2 Samuel 13:28 And Absalom had commanded his servants, saying: Take notice when Ammon shall be drunk with wine, and when I shall say to you: Strike him, and kill him, fear not: for it is I that command you: take courage, and be valiant men. 2 Samuel 13:29 And the servants of Absalom did to Ammon as Absalom had commanded them. And all the king's sons arose and got up every man upon his mule, and fled.
David grieving at the news is comforted by Jonadab.
2 Samuel 13:30 And while they were yet in the way, a rumour came to David, saying: Absalom hath slain all the king's sons, and there is not one them left. 2 Samuel 13:31 Then the king rose up, and rent his garments: and fell upon the ground, and all his servants, that stood about him, rent their garments. 2 Samuel 13:32 But Jonadab the son of Semmaa David's brother answering, said: Let not my lord the king think that all the king's sons are slain: Ammon only is dead, for he was appointed by the mouth of Absalom from the day that he ravished his sister Thamar. 2 Samuel 13:33 Now therefore let not my lord the king take this thing into his heart, saying: All the king's sons are slain: for Ammon only is dead. 2 Samuel 13:34 But Absalom fled away: and the young man that kept the watch, lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold there came much people by a by-way on the side of the mountain. 2 Samuel 13:35 And Jonadab said to the king: Behold the king's sons are come: as thy servant said, so it is. 2 Samuel 13:36 And when he made an end of speaking, the king's sons also appeared: and coming in they lifted up their voice, and wept: and the king also and all his servants wept very much.
Absalom fleeth to Talmai at Geshur.
2 Samuel 13:37 But Absalom fled, and went to Tholomai the son of Ammiud the king of Gessur. And David mourned for his son every day. 2 Samuel 13:38 And Absalom after he was fled, and come into Gessur, was there three years. 2 Samuel 13:39 And king David ceased to pursue after Absalom, because he was comforted concerning the death of Ammon.