2 Samuel 13
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13
1And it came to pass after this, that Avshalom [my father is peace] the son of David [beloved] had a fair sister, whose name [was] Tamar [palm-tree]; and Amnon [faithful] the son of David [beloved] loved her.
2And Amnon [faithful] was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar [palm-tree]; for she [was] a virgin; and Amnon [faithful] thought it hard for him to do anything to her.
3But Amnon [faithful] had a friend, whose name [was] Yonadav [Yehovah is willing] [Generous], the son of Shim’ah [report] David’s [beloved]’s brother: and Yonadav [Yehovah is willing] [Generous] [was] a very subtle man.
4And he said unto him, Why [are] youi, [being] the king’s son, lean from day to day? will youi not tell me? And Amnon [faithful] said unto him, I love Tamar [palm-tree], my brother Avshalom [my father is peace]’s sister.
5And Yonadav [Yehovah is willing] [Generous] said unto him, Lay youi down on youri bed, and make yourself sick: and when youri father comes to see youi, say unto him, I pray youi, let my sister Tamar [palm-tree] come, and give me meat, and dress the meat in my sight, that I may see [it], and eat [it] at her hand.
6So Amnon [faithful] lay down, and made himself sick: and when the king was come to see him, Amnon [faithful] said unto the king, I pray youi, let Tamar [palm-tree] my sister come, and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat at her hand.
7Then David [beloved] sent home to Tamar [palm-tree], saying, Go now to youri brother Amnon [faithful]’s house, and dress him meat.
8So Tamar [palm-tree] went to her brother Amnon [faithful]’s house; and he was laid down. And she took flour, and kneaded [it], and made cakes in his sight, and did bake the cakes.
9And she took a pan, and poured [them] out before him; but he refused to eat. And Amnon [faithful] said, Have out all men from me. And they went out every man from him.
10And Amnon [faithful] said unto Tamar [palm-tree], Bring the meat into the chamber, that I may eat of youi hand. And Tamar [palm-tree] took the cakes which she had made, and brought [them] into the chamber to Amnon [faithful] her brother.
11And when she had brought [them] unto him to eat, he took hold of her, and said unto her, Come lie with me, my sister.
12And she answered him, No, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be done in Yisra’el [He Holds Onto The Heel Of God]: do not youi this folly.
13And I, to which shall I cause my shame to go? and as for youi, youi shall be as one of the fools in Yisra’el [He Holds Onto The Heel Of God]. Now therefore, I pray youi, speak unto the king; for he will not withhold me from youi.
14However he would not hearken unto her voice: but, being stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her.
15Then Amnon [faithful] hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred which he hated her [was] greater than the love which he had loved her. And Amnon [faithful] said unto her, Arise, be gone.
16And she said unto him, [There is] no cause: this evil in sending me away [is] greater than the other that youi did unto me. But he would not hearken unto her.
17Then he called his servant that ministered unto him, and said, Put now this [woman] out from me, and bolt the door after her.
18And [she had] a garment of diverse colours upon her: for with such robes were the king’s daughters [that were] virgins appareled. Then his servant brought her out, and bolted the door after her.
19And Tamar [palm-tree] put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of diverse colours that [was] on her, and laid her hand on her head, and went on crying.
20And Avshalom [my father is peace] her brother said unto her, Has Amnon [faithful] youi brother been with youi? but hold now youi peace, my sister: he [is] youri brother; regard not this thing. So Tamar [palm-tree] remained desolate in her brother Avshalom [my father is peace]’s house.
21But when king David [beloved] heard of all these things, he was very exceedingly angry.
22And Avshalom [my father is peace] spoke unto his brother Amnon [faithful] neither good nor bad: for Avshalom [my father is peace] hated Amnon [faithful], because he had forced his sister Tamar [palm-tree].
23And it came to pass after two full years, that Avshalom [my father is peace] had sheepshearers in Ba’al-Hatzor [lord of the village], which [is] beside Efrayim [Doubly Fruitful]: and Avshalom [my father is peace] invited all the king’s sons.
24And Avshalom [my father is peace] came to the king, and said, Behold now, youri servant has sheepshearers; let the king, I beseech (to call upon; appeal; beg) youi, and his servants go with youi servant.
25And the king said to Avshalom [my father is peace], No, my son, let us not all now go, lest we be chargeable unto youi. And he pressed him: howbeit he would not go, but Blessed (Favored by God; happy; prosperous) him.
26Then said Avshalom [my father is peace], If not, I pray youi, let my brother Amnon [faithful] go with us. And the king said unto him, Why should he go with youi?
27But Avshalom [my father is peace] pressed him, that he let Amnon [faithful] and all the king’s sons go with him.
28Now Avshalom [my father is peace] had commanded his servants, saying, Mark you2f now when Amnon [faithful]’s heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you, Strike Amnon [faithful]; then kill him, fear not: have not I commanded you? be courageous, and be valiant.
29And the servants of Avshalom [my father is peace] did unto Amnon [faithful] as Avshalom [my father is peace] had commanded. Then all the king’s sons arose, and every man got him up upon his mule, and fled.
30And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that tidings came to David [beloved], saying, Avshalom [my father is peace] has slain all the king’s sons, and there is not one of them left.
31Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the earth; and all his servants stood by with their clothes rent.
32And Yonadav [Yehovah is willing] [Generous], the son of Shim’ah [report] David’s [beloved]’s brother, answered and said, Let not my lord suppose [that] they have slain all the young men the king’s sons; for Amnon [faithful] only is dead: for by the appointment of Avshalom [my father is peace] this has been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar [palm-tree].
33Now therefore let not my lord the king take the thing to his heart, to think that all the king’s sons are dead: for Amnon [faithful] only is dead.
34But Avshalom [my father is peace] fled. And the young man that kept the watch lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came much people by the way of the hill side behind him.
35And Yonadav [Yehovah is willing] [Generous] said unto the king, Behold, the king’s sons come: as youri servant said, so it is.
36And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of speaking, that, behold, the king’s sons came, and lifted up their voice and wept: and the king also and all his servants wept very sore.
37But Avshalom [my father is peace] fled, and went to Talmai [Plowman], the son of Ammihud [People of Majesty], king of G’shur [proud beholder]. And [David [beloved]] mourned for his son every day.
38So Avshalom [my father is peace] fled, and went to G’shur [proud beholder], and was there three years.
39And [the soul of] king David [beloved] longed to go forth unto Avshalom [my father is peace]: for he was comforted concerning Amnon [faithful], seeing he was dead.

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